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5 Weekly Weight Loss Tips

5 Weekly Weight Loss Tips

Having recently reached a 70 pound weight-loss since last November, I often get the infamous question - "How did you do it??!!" While it's not 'easy' per se, it is actually the same equation week by week. It is 100% possible to lose weight with minimal exercise through eating habits. Here's a look into 5 things that I do each Saturday/Sunday to prep for my weekly meals/regimen:
  • WATER. - Monday through Friday (minimum), I drink nothing but water and occasional tea (no sugar). This helps to keep you flushed, hydrated, and properly 'full' between meals and snacks. Not to mention it's the best thing EVER for your body. Wash out and prep your large 20-32 oz. water cup - you will refill this throughout the day.

Meal Replacements

  • SNACKS. - You have to snack, it's inevitable and it's good for your metabolism. Purchase a large veggie tray (about $10 from Sam's Club (preferred) or a little higher with your local grocer) and ration out the veggies in small containers or ziplock bags. Keep at work, in your purse, or grab and go daily. The same goes with fresh fruits, almonds, etc. I recommend buying fruits, nuts and veggies from Sam's Club (or the like) in bulk, as the items are less expensive on a whole, usually better and fresher, and won't spoil if you're eating as much as you're supposed to.

Fresh and organic produce is a great choice

  • PLAN YOUR MEALS. - As most of you may now know, I typically only cook on the weekends. Usually I prepare at least 2 entrees or full meals, and supplement them throughout the week. My family and I then rotate between the meals, do leftovers, make breakfast for dinner, and/or have a healthy take-out night. With all that's required of me in the evenings, it just works better this way for us and even saves on energy bills! When you plan - while not foolproof - it is still much easier to stay on track. When there is no plan, it's obvious that it is much easier to fail. Plan your meals and lunches as best as you can, and aim for no portion larger than your fist.

Try a simple breakfast for dinner.

  • LIGHT EXERCISE/ACTIVITY. - Many will agree that with the right food intake, exercise only plays a small role in weight loss. It is very important to incorporate activity and movement in your daily routine, but it could be as small as spending 15-20 minutes of your lunch  break per day walking in your office building. Reserving cooking to the weekends also frees up more evening time to get active - take advantage! Being active is a great accompaniment to your diet and improves your overall health. I do not recommend ditching activity altogether, but focusing more on your diet in the beginning is absolutely the most vital to seeing progress if you are struggling with doing both.
  • WILL POWER & DISCIPLINE. - It's important to remember that balance is key. It's also crucial to learn your individual ways to satisfy and anticipate cravings, versus throwing your plan out of the window after a setback or two. Try your best to schedule your cheat meal/snack just as you schedule your regular meals, and embrace them - they are ok! When planned, it's easier to say no to random breakfast donuts or pizza lunch offers. Try to increase your activity the day of a cheat meal or snack to offset the calories. Also keep in mind that having an entire cheat day is not ideal, and will oftentimes ruin a week's worth of effort.
 
I hope that you got something out of my 5 weekly weight loss tips. Leave any questions/comments below ladies, and feel free to email me if you'd like some one on one conversation on how to get started.

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