I am convinced that permanent and healthy weight loss is a result of a healthy lifestyle. Sure, weight may be lost as a result of an unhealthy fad diet or diet pills, but that is not a good thing nor is it likely to last. Read on for tips to lose weight and gain more vitality!
- Exercise! Who would have guessed this one? Seriously though, moving your body is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The key to sticking with it is doing what you like! Personally, my favorite form of exercising is walking out in nature. It doesn't take serious training to see results, just consistency. And research shows that it is more beneficial to weight loss (and healthier for your heart) to do short bursts of intense exercise in the midst of lower key activity. Lifting weights is also good for keeping off fat, since you burn more fat when you have muscle mass. Always give yourself at least one day in between for muscles to recover, though. I have lifted larger weights in the past, but these days small weights are just fine with me. :)
- Getting Enough Sleep! When people don't get enough sleep, they are hungrier. It's true- in a study, lack of sleep was shown to decrease leptin levels and increase ghrelin levels, as well as increase self reported hunger. The theory is that not getting enough sleep could potentially lead to weight gain long term, so be sure to get those zzzzs!
- Eat Real Food! Most processed food is loaded with fat, salt, preservatives, and chemicals designed to get you addicted. Billy and I follow a low fat, plant based diet. Plants are full of phytonutrients that are so beneficial to health, and they are also chock full of filling fiber!
- Using Tools to Help You Succeed! One tool that helped me a lot when turning my diet around was Cronometer.com. I still use it from time to time to make sure I am within the correct macronutrient ratio, as well as check to see where my diet is nutrient wise. You can also track your workouts with the help of websites like DailyMile.com. Becoming knowledgeable about a healthy diet is a must for this journey. Some books I suggest are The China Study, The Hippocrates Diet, The Starch Solution, Eat to Live, 80-10-10, and Health and Nutrition Tips That Can Save Your Life.
- Accountability! You are much more likely to stick to your plan if you have someone to help you be accountable. Ask around and see if someone you know would like to partner with you in this endeavor. You could also do a web search for the term 'fitness buddy'. There seem to be a few websites out there that match people up for that. You can also join us on our Facebook group,Living the Natural Life, for support!