Juice cleanses are super trendy right now, but they just. don’t. work. Think about it: if you go on a week-long juice cleanse, you might lose a couple pounds in that week, but once you start eating solid food again, the weight will just come right back on. Unless you’re planning to only drink juice for the rest of your life (not advisable), then skip this trend.
We’ve all been guilty of grabbing Chinese takeout after work...It’s delicious and sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking! While takeout certainly is the easy way out, cooking your own meals is much healthier, and will save you a lot of money.
4. Don't: Become Obsessive About Counting Calories
Understandably, going to the gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re more of a swimmer, then consider getting a membership at your local pool and get in the habit of swimming laps a couple mornings per week. Every little thing counts - even walking more is a step in the right direction! (Pun totally intended, of course.)
Fad diets can be tempting because it seems like everyone and their grandmother is trying the latest one. In reality, any given fad diet will last a couple years tops, and will just be replaced by a new fad diet. Find a healthy diet that you can stick with, whether or not everyone else is doing it.
Everyone’s got different opinions on what the “healthiest” diet is, but most nutritionists will probably agree that a diet rich in whole plant foods is your best bet for weight loss. That doesn’t mean you have to start eating salad for every meal, but throwing some extra greens into your meals can get you into the habit.
For example, throw a handful of spinach into your smoothie in the morning - you can’t even taste it and it’s super good for you!
We all know that water is good for you and blah, blah, blah, so obviously it's important that you get enough of it. But because water is super boring, it can be hard to be motivated to drink it consistently throughout the day. Here's what you should drink instead...
Green tea is absurdly good for you, and can even help you lose weight better than water can. Aside from being packed full of antioxidants, it can also help burn fat. Its small amount of caffeine can aid in fat- burning, and it's even been shown to aid in exercise performance. Not to mention, green tea is also much more delicious than water!
We’re all human here and we all occasionally get random cravings for the world’s greasiest french fries. And guess what: that’s okay! It’s important to listen to your body and to not feel like your diet is restrictive. it’s totally okay to give into cravings occasionally...obviously just don’t do that all the time and eat these things in moderation!
Raise your hand if you don’t ever feel like cooking after a long day at work. Great, now that we’ve all raised our hands, let’s talk about meal-prepping. It works great because you can cook a whole bunch of stuff on a Sunday night, and then have it ready for lunches and dinners throughout the week. And then whatever you don’t eat can be frozen for later.
12. Don't: Go Grocery Shopping Without Making A List First
Going along with the last slide, meal-prepping requires a fair amount of planning. You’ll need to look up the recipes you want to prepare for the week ahead of time, and make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need. Not having a shopping list can lead to spontaneously grabbing a bunch of stuff that you don’t really need!
Prioritizing your health in your weight-loss can make the process much more sustainable. When you’re young, it might seem like your looks are everything, but trust us on this: they’re not. As you get older you’ll realize that your health is the most important thing you have.
You’ve probably heard this one a million times before, but it needs to be said again: the number on the scale isn’t that important compared to how you feel. If you’re feeling great, sleeping better, and your clothes are starting to fit better, then you’re in the right direction. In fact, it’s probably best not to weigh yourself more than once per week.
When it comes down to it, the diet you’ll stick with isn’t a diet at all, but rather a lifestyle change. If that means eating a little bar of chocolate for dessert every once in awhile, or taking a night off from the gym for a mental health check, then you do you. As long as you can stick to a routine that you enjoy, you’ll have success!