How to Lose Weight in 5 Easy Steps
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5 Steps to Weight Loss
So, you are wanting to lose weight but you’re not quite sure where to start? Great for you! I am going to lay it out in five easy to follow steps. First of all, you will need to ask yourself some questions. How much weight do you want to lose? How do you intent to lose the weight? What changes do I need to make in my life in order to loss the weight? What are the benefits of me losing weight and why do I want to lose it? Write the answers of these questions down on a piece of paper. This will be the start of your weight loss journal. So here are the 5 steps below. I will go through them each in further detail.
Step 1: Set Goals for Yourself
So this goes with the question “How much weight do you want to lose?”. Goals are important to set because it creates a motivational drive to something that you are wanting to accomplish. Goals are something that you are going to strive for, something you want to complete. For example, your goal may be that you want to lose 50 pounds, to drink more water, or to eat more vegetables. Your goals should be specific and easy for you to measure to determine that you have or have not met your goals during a set amount of time. Be very specific when writing out your goals. When losing weight, you need to set small (short term) goals and also big (long term) goals. When you accomplish your small goals, it makes you feel good and provided you with motivation to pushing yourself toward your big goals. You will reach your long term goals as you complete all of your short term goals. Write these goals down and reference often.
Some examples of short term goals:
- Lose 5 pounds in one month.
- Drink 8 glasses of water everyday for 2 weeks straight.
- Workout at least 5 days/week every week this month.
Some examples of long term goals:
- Lose 50 pounds.
- Fit into size 8 jeans.
- Fell comfortable wearing a bikini.
Step 2: Create a Plan
This is a plan on how you are going to reach the goals that you created in step one. To loss weight, simple put is to eat less calories and exercise more. It’s revolves around a theory of calorie intake and calories burnt to figure out your goal amount of calorie “budget” for the day. If you are trying to loss weight, a recommended calorie goal would be between 1200-1600/day (not to exceed). You can “out eat” any amount of exercise that you do. When you are looking to lose weight, a high protein/low-carb diet is recommended for the fastest results. For more on what to eat, check you my other post on clean eating. A restrictive diet will only work short term. Following a clean eating diet will help you keep the weight off that you have worked so far to lose.
To lose one pound, you need to be at a calories deficit of 3,500 calories. This means that if you decrease your calorie allowance (2,000 standard) by 500 calories for 7 days straight, you will lose 1 one in a week.
One pound=3,500 calories
500 x 7=3,500
So instead of consuming 2000 calories for the day, you would set a limit of 1500. You will want to count your calories and record the foods that you are eating. There are two ways to count calories: read labels and write it in a food diary or use an app to record them such as Fitness Pal or Lose It!. I personally have used the free version of Lose It! and it was great way to count my calories and stay on track. Also on a plus side, Lose it! also creates a nice chart to follow your weight losses and gains. If you are a fan of Jillian Michaels, she also has a fitness App! See the link below for a seven day free trial. It include workout videos and support groups.
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In addition to cutting calories, you need to start an exercise program. Pick exercises that you like and plan to do them at least 5 times per week. Switch it up though! Don’t do the same exact thing everyday. You want to be doing different activities that will use different muscle groups. Plus if you did the same thing everyday, I’m sure you’d get bored with it and want to quit. Plan to exercise at least 30 minutes per day 5 days out of the week. Also don’t forget to stretch! If you are new to exercise and are taking prescription medications, it is always advised to consult for doctor before starting an exercise regime.
Here are Some Examples of Exercises that Burn Crazy Calories:
- Walking (progress to Jogging and then to Running)
- Crossfit or HIIT, Circuit Training
- Biking- Regular or Stationary
- Yoga or Pilates
- Treadmill or Elliptical
- Kickboxing or Tae Kwon Do
- Weight Training
Step 3: Implement the Plan
This is simply putting your plan into action. This will be making changes in your lifestyle in order to meet your goals. I recommend eating Clean foods as mentioned in step 2. You also want to increase your protein intake of lean meats and decrease your carbohydrate intake, especially after lunch. Follow your set calorie budget by counting your calories. Programs that involve meal replacement shakes do not work on a long term basis. These shakes are also so bad for your health. Many have added laxatives, processed ingredients, thickeners, added sugar, and are low in protein. Here is a detailed post on why not to drink meal replacement shakes by Dr. Axe. Instead of these shakes, you need to learn to eat healthy. Track you calories and remember that every bite counts. I would recommend recording everything that you eat. Recording your food intake will make you feel accountable for everything you eat and you will be able to see how many calories you have left for the day.
At Country Clean N Fit, we have created an easy to use daily food and exercise journal for you to use. There are spaces designated to record your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any snacks that you have during the day. There are also glasses on it to cross off as you go through your day. Don’t forget to drink your 8 glasses of water! Yes, I said water: not soda, milk, or juice. Fun Fact: Water has zero calories and will help you fell fuller longer. You will also record your calories burnt to calculate your daily calorie budget today. Click the link below for your free printable to use. It really is handy! And it’s FREE, we’ll e-mail it directly to you.
Get up and keep moving! Track your exercise everyday and write that down on a fitness calendar. Aim for at least 5 times per week. Keep striving to compete the goals from step one. If you are struggling, find a workout buddy, join a gym, or sign-up for a yoga class. Stay motivated and don’t quit. One thing that I had did, was sign-up for a 5K race. I had a set date that I was aiming for. A goal that I created, was to run 3.1 miles straight without stopping to walk. Once I obtained that goal, I worked at decreasing the time that it took me to run that distance. These were a couple goals that I had to enable me to loss weight. Everyday that I was able to go out running, I was excited to run and highly motivated to push myself to get going because I wanted to reach my goals and to beat my own personal record.
Rewarding yourself when you hit certain goals can also be a motivating factor. Food rewards are not recommended. So don’t make your reward as going out for ice cream or eating out at your favorite restaurant. Make a reward a material object such as new workout shoes, a purse, or new clothes. Go get a massage or have your nails done when your hit your half way mark to your long term weight loss goal. Think of these rewards while you are working out to help drive your motivation.
Step 4: Follow Your Progress
Did you reach the short term goals that you set for yourself? If not, you need to create a plan on how you are going to get that accomplished. When you reach your short term goals, create new ones!! If you find that you are getting your workouts in and you still aren’t losing weight, re-evaluate and reflect on your workouts and your eating habits. What is the intensity levels of your workouts? Are you skipping your workouts some days? How long are you working outs? Are you exceeding your calorie budget some days? There likely are changes that could be made.
Re-evaluate your goals at the end of every month. Did you reach them or did you not? Make notes in your journal from time to time. Are you feeling hungry? Make note of food cravings that you are having. What are you finding that you are struggling with? You may need to adjust your original plan that your created in step 2. If you are struggling, find a work-out buddy. There are also many online groups that you can join that let you reach out to others with the same goals.
Step 5: Reach Your Goals
Congratulations you did it! You reached your long term goal. Once you have reached your goal weight, you still want to continue with your healthy lifestyle habits. If you go back to the way you where living, you are quite likely to re-gain the weight that you just worked so hard to lose. Maintenance is now what you need to strive for. Continue working out. You should be exercising on a regular basis to keep your muscles strong, help increase your energy levels, and improve your mental health. Regular exercise helps decrease the likely-hood of heart disease, stroke, depression, arthritis, and type II diabetes. So still keep moving and eating well. Please continue with your healthy lifestyle!
So, Here a Re-cap:
There are 5 steps you need to follow to be successfully losing weight. First, you need to set a goal in which you want to reach. Lets say you want to reach a total weight loss of 50 pounds. That is your long term goal. To reach that goal, you need to eat better and exercise more. Lower your daily calorie budget somewhere between 1200 and 1600 calories. Eat healthy clean meals made from whole ingredient foods. Create short term goals that will push yourself to reach your long term goal. Create a fitness plan by choosing how you are going to exercise and when you will do so. You want to workout, 30 minutes per day, at least 5 times per week. Implement you plan- put it all into action. Evaluate your plan. If you are not reaching your goals, review your fitness journal and find out why. Create new short term goals as you complete them. Use rewards as motivation if you wish. Keep going until you reach your long term goal.
I hope you have found this post helpful! Good luck on your weight loss goals. I know that you can do it if you put your mind to it. And don’t forget to check out our Food & Exercise Journal and put it to good use.
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