Googled the word “diet” recently? There are endless results all touting that their diet is the one that will help you lose weight. The diet industry constantly tells us that we need to lose weight, they try to sell us a cure, then make us feel like failures when we fail, and then they try to sell us something else.
“There always seems to be a new trend in eating to lose weight. Those trendy diets may seem like a good solution, but those diets are very difficult to sustain,” says Alexa Neveu, Co-founder of Lexercise. “The best solution is to eat healthily, stay active, and have the correct information about weight loss and fitness.”
Here are Alexa’s top 5 tips for leading a healthy lifestyle that will produce real results and are actually sustainable:
Take baby steps
You need a plan. What specifically are you going to do differently? Do a brain dump of all the changes you want to make, then start with one tiny, doable tweak – packing a healthy lunch or walking 20 minutes a day. Once that is a comfortable part of your routine check it off and move on to the next item on your list. Sure, baby steps take longer, but they work. And you get the best results when you lose weight slowly.
Drink your water & green tea
You’ve heard the adage that drinking 8 cups of water a day promotes better health, but it can also help you lose weight, especially if you knock back a couple of glasses right before meals. Drinking 8 cups or more of water per day provides benefits that go beyond weight loss. It prevents dehydration, flushes toxins out of your organs, keeps tissues healthy, and delivers nutrients to the cells that need them the most. Bonus benefit: Mix in a few cups of green tea for the antioxidants and catechins.
Practice mindful eating
Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not even tasting the food you’re eating – eat with intention and attention. Mindful eating can help you gain control over your eating habits. It’s been shown to cause weight loss, reduce binge eating and help you feel better.
Balance it all out
It’s crucial that your body gets the right type and amount of foods to support a healthy lifestyle. You need a diet that focuses on providing all the nutrients that your body needs. It comprises of macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates, and fat along with micronutrients which include vitamins and minerals.
Commit to movement
Motivation is created, not found. When it comes to working out, the biggest obstacle is often just starting. Make the commitment to your fitness and get moving every day. Just do it, it’s highly unlikely that once you make your way to the gym you are going to stop and you’ll feel better once it’s done.