As summer is quickly approaching, and new years resolutions have slowly faded away, many people have quit their health journey and have given up on healthy eating. You don’t need a new year to start a new you. Start on a Monday. I recently rebooted my health journey and started on a Wednesday! No excuses people. Today is given to you but you never know if tomorrow is, so give you’re all today. Here are 10 easy but effective ways to lose at least a pound a week. I incorporate all of these things in my life and they have worked for me and will work for you if you follow through.
I highly recommend checking out the 14-Day Lean Clean meal plan if you are trying to lose weight or get healthier. The book is filled with tons of useful information (over 200 pages worth!). I am using this meal plan to hit my health and fitness goals.
1. We live in a world where there is temptation everywhere.
I’m surrounded by muffins, donuts, and junk food at my nanny job. There’s always pizza, Panda Express, and things of that nature at my work. For FREE. I make sure to come prepared by having my food already cooked, and I even bring some homemade trail mix as well. You need to come prepared with foods that are not only delicious but protein filled as well, to get you full.
2. Eat a salad or before your dinner.
Salad will fill you up and make you eat less at dinner. However, make sure you are eating enough calories still. I’m not telling you to only feed yourself salad and then only a couple bites of dinner. Make sure the salad has plenty of nutrients with different vegetables and even shredded chicken.
3. Modify your breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Instead of dousing your food with cheese, use only a small serving of cheese. Even better, cut out the cheese altogether. Cheese is getting a bad rap lately for the effects it has on the body, and I’ve been trying to cut it out of my life completely. Cheese has also been discovered to have an addictive agent inside it, so you don’t want to stop eating it once you start.
I highly recommend trying out $5 meal plan. They’ll send you monthly meal plans with shopping lists, recipes, and more attached. The plans will save you a lot of money since you’ll end up going to restaurants less.
4. Use actual serving cups/containers.
People in the USA and all across the world have completely lost the idea of what a correct serving or proportion is. There are many tools that can get you back on track. You can order from SlimPlate, 21 Day Fix from Beachbody, and so on. SlimPlate has bowls and plates that are specifically designed for correct proportions. The kit also comes with a program you can follow if you want to lose weight or have other goals. We all need some help with portion sizes as most American dinners are 3x the size it should be.
5. Eat protein at every meal.
I eat tofu every single day, along with beans, nuts, and other protein-rich foods. Protein fills you up and keeps you from overeating. Protein is in so many foods, not just meat. Red meat is being linked to many cancers, so try to refrain from it.
Here is an affordable protein powder that tastes AMAZING, seriously. I look forward to making these shakes.
6. Stop skipping meals.
I know of so many people (and myself) who would skip meals in order to lose weight. I also have trouble eating breakfast and wouldn’t eat until lunch which is a bad idea for your metabolism and body. Make sure to eat something in the first hour or two of waking up, and make sure it is nutritious as well. The first meal will set the tone for the day. If you skip meals, you’ll get hungrier later on and overeat as well.
7. Put inspirational/motivational pictures in your room, and kitchen.
One of my favorite quotes is: “I’m working on a new me, not because the old me is bad but because the old me can IMPROVE.” Don’t put quotes around your house that have hidden negative messages like, “Don’t be satisfied with what you have until you like what you see in the mirror.” I know many of us will never be 100% satisfied, but that doesn’t mean you should put yourself down. We are all beautiful no matter what size we are.
8. Replace your ranch or high fat/calorie dressing with a natural vinaigrette or vinegar dressing.
We pack on so much more dressing than we even realize. Instead, make your own dressing or spritz from lemon juice and balsamic vinegarette.
9. Switch out your white bread and pasta for whole grain bread/pasta.
White bread/pasta/rice is processed and isn’t in its natural form. I personally find whole grain foods to taste so much richer as well.
I recently completed 21 Day Fix and had amazing results, both physically and mentally. What I love about 21 Day Fix is that it isn’t some kind of weight loss pill. You’re completing all of the work yourself, with the program giving you all the instruction and how-to. All you have to do is do what you’re told. If you want to check out the program I completed, you can learn more here.
Here are a couple cookbooks that have changed my life:
But I Could Never Go Vegan – Completely changed the way I cooked and the ingredients I was using in my food. My skin has completely cleared up on my back once I eliminated meat and dairy products. It’s worth a try if you experience the same issues.
How Not To Die – An eye-opening book about the dangers of eating certain foods. If you care about your health, I’d recommend getting this book.
What other ways are there to lose a pound a week? Have you participated in any of the tips I posted above?
Here are my go-to ways to having a healthy and fit body:
- 21 Day Fix: At home workout program, a beginner version of 21 Day Fix Extreme
- 21 Day Fix Extreme: A more intense version of 21 Day Fix, how I achieved my results
- 3 Day Refresh: Help kick off your health journey or break a plateau
- How Not To Die: A book to educate you on nutrition and health
- Fitbit: Stay motivated and on track with this fitness tracker
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