By Anne Pyle and LeAura Alderson
How to Simplify Weight Loss
“It’s a simple-sounding formula: burn more calories, eat less and move more.” Health Magazine
But losing weight can be daunting! The process of constantly measuring what we can and cannot have can exhausting and even depressing. But it doesn’t have to be. Release the pressure, and relax into it.
There are simple mindset shifts that puts you in control by re-imagining losing weight as being in the driver’s seat. Realise that you’re in control and you have the power of mind to shift your perspective. One way to do that is to avoid the pitfalls that can knock you off your game.
Make positive change, not excuses.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that dieters make but that you can avoid.
Don’t Give in to energy drain
Don’t give in to ‘I’m too tired’. Fake yourself out-say you’ll go just 10 minutes longer, or just a minute more. Exercise energises you, and you will never regret a workout.
There’s an app for that
Research has shown that the number one mechanism through which people lost weight is self-monitoring, just watching what you eat and keeping a record of it. Here are top rated fitness apps for 2015, as reviewed in Healthline.
Don’t ignore the weights
Women often think they should stick with just cardio—but you need strength training to keep your metabolism revved up.
Don’t skimp on veggies
A no brainer. Many of us fall short. Work some into every meal.
Lighten up your daily cup
Coffee can add 4.5 kg to weight annually. A small cup of latte with full-fat milk contains 153 calories while a cup of black coffee with semi-skimmed milk has only 35. Just be glad for the coffee, you will adjust to the rest.
Remember, alcohol in any form has calories – about 7Kcal per gm of empty calories because it has no vitamins and minerals.
So, in summary:
You are in control.
Make your own list of pitfalls to avoid, preferably by writing the POSITIVE that you want to do and not the negative that you want to avoid. Keep the list accessible and visible, such as on your fridge, your computer and your phone, and when you feel like you are about to make a ‘bad’ choice use it to help you make a ‘good’ one. And remember:
“Daily steps in the direction of your dreams is a proven path to success.” LeAura Alderson, founder, My Trainer Fitness
Top rated fitness apps for 2015, as reviewed in Healthline