Approaching a new weight loss regime can be something people put off for a while. It can be damn right scary not knowing where and when to start. But there are ways to ease your way in, so it doesn’t suddenly feel like a daunting approach. Here we cover 5 key tips that can get your fitness journey of to an effective start, without feeling too much has changed.. read on for 5 ways you can start today.
Choose one activity
If you’re somebody who doesn’t generally get any activity done during the week, then start by integrating one chosen activity you can see yourself sustaining. This could be going for a walk twice a week in the evenings, cycling to work or even just taking a longer route to and from the station. Yes- this is optional, as you don’t have to do it, but this is a decision you can begin making to a more active, healthier life.
Drinking water is involved in many metabolic processes in our bodies, dehydration can potentially slow down your metabolism, which can halt weight loss.
There also is a theory that drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you feel fuller, meaning you eat less calories. A 2009 study by the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise in Virginia confirmed this connection, it states that water consumption can actually reduce meal energy intake among middle-aged and older adults.
Work out buddy
As well as going-in alone, grab someone else to help motivate you. You’re breaking a routine, and doing this alone can be tough. Ask a friend or family member to walk, or have a work out with you. Positively influencing each other can really keep you on track!
Slowly change eating habits
When it comes to starting a weight loss journey, it’s the little things that can really add up to make a big difference. Thinking “diet” will get many associating this with a forced calorie, misery restricted routine. But when it comes to sustained weight loss, research suggests you’re better off making small bite-sized, consistent changes rather than sudden big lifestyle changes. The key is that small changes are practical and can realistically be maintained long-term into everyday life.
Enjoy a treat once in a while
Don’t quit your favourite foods once and for all. Doing so may lead to failure. A sudden drastic diet is not sustainable, and feeling deprived may lead you to binge eat. Enjoying a treat sometimes wont sabotage your weight loss efforts, just get back on track the next day.
Try these tips for the next few weeks and see how you get on. This is just a small start to a bigger picture, but going in the right direction.
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