Are you tired of fad diets that promise miracle results but never deliver? Welcome to the club. Too many of us turn to diet pills, detoxes, and juice cleanses for fast and easy weight loss results without ever seeing lasting change.
As you may know, I’ve struggled with weight most of my life — and for a long time I felt alone in my journey. But all that changed when I started working at Anytime Fitness. I shared with you my story, and you’ve been open and honest with me about yours. And together, we’ve been a great support system for one another.
In the spirit of sharing weight loss “secrets,” I’ve identified seven rules that helped me lose 50 pounds. They worked for me, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t work for YOU. Ready to start?
My 7 Rules of Weight Loss
1. Discover what portion sizes really are
Discovering what a portion size actually looks like threw me into shock mode. I mean, I’d been eating 3 times that amount! Take a close look – are you eating more than you need? Gradually reduce your intake until you reach a new normal.
2. Don’t make anything “OFF LIMITS”
Personally, I don’t think that it’s necessary to cut out anything you’re currently eating/drinking (well, maybe soda). When someone told me I couldn’t have something, it made me crave it more. They key is learning to treat yourself, but only in moderation (see rule 1).
- Can you have a cookie? Sure, but you can’t have 4 cookies!
- Can you eat that Big Mac? Yes, but don’t make it a weekly habit.
- Can you have a large mocha at Starbucks? I guess, but it better be a special occasion.
3. Balance your meals
Make fruits and vegetables part of your daily meals and snacks. They are packed full of nutrients and will fill you up! Add a form of protein (chicken, beans, or almonds) and a carb (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or steel cut oats) plus some dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt). Don’t forget the healthy fats from avocados, salmon, and olive oil.
I don’t expect you to become a gym rat overnight, but you need to start incorporating physical activity into your day. There is a perfect beginner gym schedule on the blog right here that will serve as the ultimate guide, and will hold you accountable! The most important thing is that you move every day.
5. Don’t expect results overnight
Something that took me some time to realize is you can’t expect to lose 10 pounds overnight, in a week, maybe even in a month. It’s going to take work and time…but you can do it. It took me almost 8 months to get to my goal weight. It could take you less or more time, it really depends on how dedicated you are and to your body chemistry.
6. Be open to trying new things
Remember back when you were six, how you fearlessly tried new things? Be like that again. Don’t be afraid to try a pomegranate or go to a bootcamp class. Get out of your comfort zone. No one’s going to laugh at you.
7. Don’t get discouraged when times get hard
There will be times when you’re out to dinner, or at happy hour, or just home from work, and you give in to temptation. You need to know that everyone has setbacks, it’s ok. If you are struggling, log on to Anytime Health and use the Q&A or Support Groups to help get you back on track. There is always someone to help you and keep you accountable. Plus, we <3 you!
Ready to get started with your weight loss right now? Good! Tell us in the comments below how you’re going to do it and we’ll help you with awesome resources, information and support!
What’s your weight loss goal?
*Photo credit: Muhammad Yasir