5 Beginner Tips To Start Significant Weight Loss Success
I am a big believer in long-term and sustainable solutions for healthy lifestyles. Short term fixes and gimmicks are NOT something I usually like to encourage. They typically lead to a yo-yo cycle of loss and gain that is detrimental to a person’s health in the long run.
Maybe a doctor has told you that if you don’t lose X amount of weight SOON your future health is in great danger. Maybe you have come to this conclusion on your own. Whatever the reason, you now know that your long-term health goals will need a short-term kick in the butt to get the momentum going.
That’s Awesome! You now have a place to start! The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step and you are now ready to make that first step.
When losing weight that first step is generally to modify the diet and increase the exercise regime. This is the tried and true solution that works for 99% of the people who implement it … as long as they actually stick with it. That is not always as easy as it sounds though.
For many people the idea of exercising regularly is something they dread. It’s boring, too hard, embarrassing, expensive, time-consuming, etc, etc, etc. My personal solution to this very real problem is the topic I address in my article How To Not Quit Another Workout Regime. It was one of my first and goes over something I call Fun Fitness.
Fun Fitness is what I call the long-term or sustainable solution to working out. It is essentially your own personalized activity or set of activities that keep you active and working out the rest of your life. The key to the whole thing is that you LOVE the activity that you are doing. If you are trying to force yourself to do an activity you hate in order to lose weight you won’t end up sticking with it. This leads to a roller coaster ride of different workout gimmicks that never yield the results you want or need. I believe that almost any physical activity you enjoy (even the less intense ones like golfing, walking, or gardening) can be modified into whole body workouts that keep you in shape your entire life.
What Fun Fitness MAY or MAY NOT address is a person’s need for significant weight loss in the short-term … as in ASAP.
- Your own Fun Fitness MAY address this issue. If you enjoy going to the gym, cross fit, some forms of martial arts, football, basketball, soccer, swimming, or other more physically intense activities you can most likely borrow the conditioning regimes that these sports already have set in place to lose a significant amount of weight… AS LONG AS it is in conjunction with a healthy diet… Remember folks, weight loss is done 80% in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.
- On the flip side, your own Fun Fitness MAY NOT address this issue for several reasons. Maybe you enjoy more sedate physical activities like paddleboarding, golfing, or strolling (not that these activities can’t be amped up to be super workouts… it might just take adding in bursts of high intensity circuit drills to complement them). Or, more commonly, perhaps you simply don’t think you are physically capable of getting out and doing the activity you would like to do.
Whatever your case may be, when it comes to significant short-term weight loss I always suggest the guidance of a health professional. Significant short-term weight loss CAN BE a dangerous undertaking if done the wrong way … can we say crash dieting. ALWAYS consult a doctor/nutritionist/other health professional when you decide to take on this challenge. I am none of these things; I am a blogger with a penchant for health research and facts… Big Difference. Seek professional guidance whenever in doubt or even in question.
With that in mind I am going to outline 5 smart tips that you will need to help you during this significant short-term weight loss journey. When paired with a diet and exercise regime outlined by your health professional these tips will help turn you into a fat losing powerhouse!
1.)Avoid weight loss supplements.
Why? You don’t really know what is in them and how the ingredients will affect you because They Are Not FDA regulated. That means that the FDA considers supplements to be more like a specialty food than a drug. So, while all drugs must be proven safe for consumption by undergoing clinical trials and other testing’s, supplements do not. In fact, before the FDA can even pull a supplement off the shelf (which they have the power to do) it has to have had significant adverse effects on a large group of people. Basically, enough Americans must end up in the ER and find out it was that weight loss pill causing their problems for the FDA to have the authority to look into it and pull it from the shelf. Scary right? All new drugs are considered unsafe until proven safe while supplements are proven safe until proven unsafe.
Saying all that, not every supplement is bad. Vitamins are considered a supplement and we all know that those are healthy and good for you. So simply tread with caution. If you must consume a weight loss supplement make sure you buy from a reputable company, get your doctor’s permission that none of the ingredients will react with any current medications you take, and triple check the reviews from other consumers.
2.)Add in as many fat burning foods into your diet as possible.
Foods like chia seeds, cayenne pepper, coconut oil, ghee, and matcha green tea are all adverse side effects free and will boost your fat loss! Dr. Axe has a great list of fat burning foods that are good for you and will help on your weight loss journey. BONUS: these are things you can add into your diet regularly for the rest of your life. You all know how much I love anything that is sustainably healthy!
3.)Challenge Yourself Physically
Physically, you must push yourself to see results. You must exert yourself to the brink of your physical limits but not beyond. Remember, if you injure yourself by overdoing it you only stall your goals by sitting out with an injury. But without pushing you will never see results. Don’t worry and before you know it your physical limits will shrink and shrink and shrink
4.)Challenge Yourself in the Kitchen
Switching eating habits is sometimes as challenging, or more so, than switching physical ones. . In the kitchen you may have to make serious lifestyle and convenience changes. Be prepared to cut out unhealthy foods for the sake of both short-term and long-term weight loss and health goals. This means eating around 90% of your meals at home or made at home. It takes more time and effort but will save you money in addition to being MUCH healthier than fast food. On that note … PLEASE, don’t eat any more fast food.
Your journey will be so much more enjoyable and productive if you don’t try to go it alone. Just as we aren’t meant to walk our Christian walk alone but stand along-side our brothers and sisters in Christ for support and encouragement we must support and encourage each other in this. The same exact principles apply. Let your friends and family know your weight loss goals and the steps you’re taking to reach them. Ask them to keep you accountable and maybe even workout with you. Use the plethora of apps available today to help keep track of your progress so you can look back any time you want. There are so many tools available today to help you. Use them.
Significant short-term weight loss is HARD. I will not even try to sugar coat it. The weight you lose during this time will be the jumping off point for a brighter and healthier life. It is the jump-start needed in order to start living the lifestyle of health and wellness that you and God both want. Don’t downplay its significance. I challenge you to take this journey by the horns and push ahead with all you have. It will be worth it. Of that you can be sure.