February 7, 2017 support 0Comment

This time of year, almost everyone is looking to lose a few pounds. Whether it’s the couple of extra holiday cookies you nibbled on or the workouts you missed for those fun Christmas parties, most of us have a few extra pounds that weren’t there at the start of the holiday season. But whether you’ve set a New Year’s resolution to lose 5 pounds or 50, we can help.

See, for most, this time of year is about getting back on track and taking things away rather than how we like to see it—adding more awesome to your life. With that in mind, we’ve put together five easy steps that will help you lose the weight for good without losing your mind.

How to Lose Weight Easily

1. Weigh yourself, and then give up the obsession. The scale can be a great weight-loss tool, but it can also be a huge self-esteem crusher when you don’t see your changes reflected on the scale as quickly as you’d like. We’re firm believers that the number on the scale should never determine your self worth, so this New Year, weigh yourself once to get a starting weight, and then put the darn thing in the closet for at least a week, maybe two or three. Invest in a body tape measuring tool, too, so that you can take measurements every other week to see how much your body is really changing. Ya’ll know the scale isn’t the whole story, as it can greatly fluctuate based on what foods you eaten, sodium intake and how hydrated you are.

How to Lose Weight Easily

Set a new goal for every month of the year, like eating a new veggie! Credit: Augapfel

2. Set an enriching goal for every month of the year. Don’t just set a New Year’s resolution to “lose weight” this year. Instead, create a goal for each month of the year that adds something new and cool to your life. This month, try a new workout each week. Next month, set a goal to eat at least one green veggie every day. For March, buy a new healthy cookbook and challenge yourself to make one new dish a week. In April, take your workout outdoors twice a week. This May, swap your daily soda for one of these lovely flavored-water recipes. You get the idea—switch things up to keep yourself motivated about your healthy lifestyle. As you build goal upon goal, month by month, you’ll naturally begin to lose weight and feel better without the obsessive calorie counting or deprivation-dieting mindset that drives most by mid-February to give up on their goal to lose weight.

How to Lose Weight Easily

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We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

3. Start a daily self-acceptance ritual. Yes, you probably want to lose weight because you’re not thrilled with your body or how it makes you feel. However—and this is a big however—you can’t hate yourself healthy. Corny as it sounds, you have to start with love for yourself, exactly as you are. By accepting and loving you as you are now, you then learn to value yourself enough to take care of you for the long haul. So this year, create a short two- to five-minute self-acceptance ritual that you do each morning. Something as simple as telling yourself that you love your body will work, but feel free to make it even more fun by playing a song (or watching a video like this!) that pumps you up and makes you feel better or reading a quote that makes you feel good. The idea is to start your day with a reminder of why you’re worth taking care of. Because you totally are!

How to Lose Weight Easily

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Put that fork down between bites to tune into your real hunger. Credit: kevindooley

4. Become more mindful. I can’t tell you how many people tell me that they “love food” yet scarf it down without really even tasting it. Slowing down, taking a few deep breaths, listening to your hunger and really tasting your food is an incredibly simple and effective way of enjoying your food more and eating less. Put your fork down between bites. Focus on the conversation around you. Check in with yourself as to how you’re feeling and how hungry you really are. And for goodness sake, savor each and every bite, really chewing your food and tasting it. You’d be surprised how much less food we all need to feel satiated when we just slow down.

How to Lose Weight Easily

Free yourself by cutting yourself some slack! Credit: moonsheep

5. Don’t hold yourself to absolutes. Words like “always” and “never” rarely have a realistic place in your day-to-day life when it comes to working out and eating right. Perfection is for the birds and totally not fun. It’s important to ebb and flow with your new healthy lifestyle. When you’re really craving pizza, eat a piece and don’t feel guilty about it. Just keep your portions in check. Nothing should ever be off limits or—when it comes to working out—always done every time. If you really listen to your body, it will usually tell you what it needs, whether it’s a nap, a good long run, a big salad or a day off from the gym. Trust yourself, and don’t be so darn hard on yourself. Life is too short!

Do you want to lose weight this year? Did any of these tips speak to you? What tips would you add to this how-to-lose-weight list? —Jenn

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