Don’t believe me that you can lose weight this week?
Then stop right here and go and do something else.
Because these things work but they will only work if you
- trust the process
- take action/implement these tips
You don’t have to do all of these things at once!
Simply implement one of these habits into your life every day starting on a Monday so that by the Sunday you’ll feel looser in your clothing and more energised through the day.
Weight is just a number but how you feel in terms of your mood, energy and contentment (MEC) is often neglected and these mini habits will quickly help you take back control of your emotions and start to make you feel better about yourself.
This is not a quick fix but you will experience a shift in how you feel if you implement these seven small yet simple strategies.
Number 7 is quite possibly the most important way you can lose weight this week.
HABIT 1: Drink more water
You’ll be surprised how much water you don’t drink.
Tea, coffee, soda, fruit juices even flavoured bottled waters all contain water but they are not water.
The difference it makes to your MEC is stark.
I used to drink fruit juices thinking they were ‘healthy’ not knowing that the sugar content of these drinks are huge.
So I switched to plain old water, got bored and started to add a small squeeze of lemon and ginger.
I also bought a large bottle that had a flip up straw to avoid the lemon water coming into contact with my teeth.
The NHS recommends 6-8 glasses of water per day.
HABIT 2: Set a deadline
Set a deadline for when you will stop eating during the day.
Not eating/drinking wine during the run up towards bed time will cut out the late night boredom consumption – it’s also the time that the chocolate cravings kick in.
To help, eat a balanced meal for dinner with plenty of protein and veggies to make you feel full.
HABIT 3: Eat strategically
On days that you exercise you can eat the carbs despite all the low carb diet nonsense.
Try to ensure that you training days have lower fat meals.
Did I mention to eat more protein?
Specifically eat protein at EVERY SINGLE MEAL – including breakfast (zero fat Greek yogurt with berries)
HABIT 4: Use smaller sized plates
This is simply a portion control hack that will help you not eat as much.
But it’s no good if you simply pile up the food so it looks like Mount Vesuvius.
HABIT 5: Get rid of trigger food
My trigger food is cake and chocolate.
So I simply do not buy it.
Yes I still eat it occasionally but only when I’m at a birthday party or I’ve had an invite to some food.
Identify your trigger foods and simply do not buy them.
HABIT 6: Start drinking greens
For either breakfast or lunch prepare ahead, store in the fridge and consume on the daily.
Drinking your greens is a tried and trusted method of detoxification and will elevate you MEC by making your insides feel a whole lot better.
Check out my greens recipes for some ideas.
Drinking your greens for breakfast instead of caffeine has the added benefit of giving you a boost of energy without the afternoon crash.
HABIT 7: Enjoy the process
I mean really take ownership of the fact that you are looking after YOU.
Often we feel so guilty about taking time out to care for ourselves because we are so busy taking care of other people first.
Time to really hug yourself and ditch the guilt and feel happy about making positive changes to your life that make you look and feel better.
Be selfish, be happy, be you.