Will you be starting 2023 off right, by losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle? It can be difficult to make such a big change, but it doesn't have to be!
Here are my five top tips to get started with your journey to lose weight in 2023 and keep the weight off you for good. We all know the cornerstones of losing weight - adopting a healthy diet and taking regular exercise, so where have you been going wrong and how do we fix it - for good?
Diet trends will be with us forever, and there isn’t a year that goes by without a mega diet program hit like the Custom Keto Diet or Alpilean or an exercise sensation like Yoga Burn bursting onto the scene and capturing the health and fitness industry’s attention; via word of mouth, favorable testimonials and the endless customer before and after successes.
Yes, you can join the latest trends weight loss party, but if you want to lose weight in 2023 and keep the weight off, it’s time for your to shake things up by changing your mindset and actions.
Here are my five top tips that will help you reach your weight loss goals and maintain your results.
Accept That You Have To Change Your Mindset And Embrace The Body You Have Right Now, Before You Can Change Anything
If ever there was a time to make peace with your body, it is as you begin the journey to transform it. Stop fighting what you have been given in life. Focus on respecting and praising its strength. Treat it with respect and talk kindly to and about it.
In a time when we are increasingly exposed to perfect body images, and have it drummed into us, about what a ‘great body’ looks like, take the time to celebrate yourself. Marvel at how efficiently it runs, when given the right fuel and how great it looks in the right clothes, and how wonderful it is to feel comfortable in your own skin.
TIME TO MOVE YOUR BODY
Achieving weight-loss success is no easy task, but it's also not impossible! If you set realistic goals for yourself like changing your eating habits, don’t skip being more active.
There are many shortcut diet programs that will do exactly what they say they will, help you lose weight FAST ! Yes, you’ll love the euphoria of squeezing back into your old or new favourites.
However, all your hard work will go to waste, if you don’t combine, those great new healthy habits with a consistent workout program, you will end up back at square one.
Have fun via Youtube and find enjoyable, challenging workouts, that keep you focused and engaged, so that you maximize your chances of making it to your weight loss finish line.
MEAL PREP LIKE A DIVA
The key to success is meal-prepping like a diva. Meal prepping can help you stay on track with your nutrition and weight loss goals.
Here are 5 EASY STEPS to get you started:
1) choose 5-6 recipes that fit into your lifestyle and schedule.
2) prep all the ingredients.
3) pack each container with the ingredients for one meal.
4) refrigerate for 3-4 days (or freeze for up to 6 months).
5) reheat or eat cold when ready!
SHOW HUNGER PANGS WHO'S THE BOSS
Cheat days are ALLOWED! In fact, without them we’d all surely be on the way diet failure. If someone told me to stay slim I would have to wave goodbye to Haribos, chocolate and crisps, you might just lose it.
Fight those hunger pangs by being prepared with healthy subs for your sugar-filled snacks. Outwit the call of Pringles and Lays, by having plantain chips, carrot sticks and salad, prepared and close to hand, in case you get surprised and struck down by unwanted hunger pains.
GET A DECENT NIGHT'S SLEEP
An essential alongside diet and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle is ensuring you consistently get a great night’s sleep.
You would be surprised by just how many potential weight loss ‘winners’ there are, who have fallen at the last healthy liftestyle hurdle, due to a lack of sleep.
Sleep is a vital component for the daily rejuvenation of your body, especially during its transformation phase. If you don’t get enough sleep, due to snoring or sleep apnea, in desperate need of deep sleep you need to prioritize it and get more sleep if you need it.
If you don’t sleep enough usually, you are already putting yourself at a disadvantage when you diet. You are effectively, making yourself more hungry as your hormones go to war, making you more likely to eat unhealthy foods, and this in turn influences how much body fat you lose, or don’t, while you’re counting your calories.
The path to your dream body, can be as long and arduous as you make it. It can be, fraught with hurdles and obstacles, not just due to reduced willpower, but sometimes other factors, like general stress, not making time to prioritize your own self- care, or lack of support by family and friends, can derail all your best efforts.
If you are prepared to put in the work. To keep grinding, while others eat, drink and lay on the sofa, then all things are truly possible for your weight loss journey.
My weight loss journey was similar to all of yours - a rollercoaster of putting weight on and losing it, I only stopped the diet cycle by using the Custom Keto Diet (click to learn more about it) in conjunction with my Top 5 Tips.
Taking control of your body is a smart, brave, healthy, caring thing to do for yourself. Nobody else matters in your weight loss journey but you.
You are and always have been enough, it just took you a while to see it. Don’t forget to remind yourself of how amazing you are daily and celebrate every weight loss goal you achieve and smash!
Love Lara xo