If you are trying to lose weight, but still struggling with the process, check out these 5 steps that may be holding you back and learn what you can do to improve your chances to reach your goals and become healthy and fit.
Sometimes we’re too busy looking for some new, magical cure-all to help us lose weight and we ignore the simplest things we’re doing that sabotage our own progress!
Implementing or improving your use of these 5 simple steps, may put your on the right track to reaching your ideal weight and optimal health.
1. Reduce stress to lower your cortisol level
If you are chronically stressed, cortisol levels in your bloodstream are going to be high and your body is constantly in “Fight or Flight” mode. During times of stress, your body resists any kind of changes and doesn’t want to “lose” anything, even if it is extra weight. To help your body shed extra lbs, you need to learn to stop focusing on what’s wrong in your life and start focusing on what you can do to make it better! Stop focusing on what other people are saying and doing and start focusing on what you need to start saying and doing to make yourself healthy and fit. Weight loss begins with the right mindset.
2. Drink enough water
Dehydration can prohibit weight loss. Water retention can make you look and feel puffy. Your body can “hold on” to water if it doesn’t have a good circulation of new water coming in on a regular basis. Make sure you have plenty of fresh, clean water, so your body can function well and be able to release extra pounds with ease and grace.
3. Eat wholesome, real food
You are what you eat! I know it is an overused saying, but it is true! You eat junk, and you feel and sometimes look like junk, too. No one wants to feel and look like junk. If you do want to change, watch what you eat. Use the 80/20 rule in the beginning – 80% real, wholesome food and 20% whatever your body is craving while you are learning a better way to nourish your body. The less junk you eat, the better you feel and look!
4. Move your body at least 30 minutes a day with purpose
Your body is meant to be active. Use it or lose it, when it comes to your muscle mass, bone density, and ability to be self- sufficient and able to care for yourself. Move your body 30 – 90 minutes, 3 – 5 days a week. Start with activities that you can do and progress from there. Walking is the most useful and simplest of activities that everyone should do daily. You already know how to do it, you can do it inside or outside, and it’s free! Exercise not only makes your body look toned, but it makes you healthy and improves your mood! It also improves your circulation, balances your hormones, and helps you reduce cortisol levels in your bloodstream, which in turn helps you lower your stress level!
5. Aim for 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night
Lack of sleep links directly to depression, emotional unbalance, cravings, and overeating. Something as simple as inadequate sleep can hinder your weight loss process and make you sluggish and energy deprived! Aim for 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night. When you start getting enough sleep, you will see and feel the difference, not only in your body weight but in your mood and ability to better handle the challenges of day to day life!
Start using these tips today to simplify your life and make your weight loss journey easier. They are so simple, and they make a world of difference.
In addition to using these tips, I am so excited to share with you that I will be launching a brand spanking new online course in Mindful Weight Loss for Women! In this course, I will introduce you to a successful formula for reaching your ideal weight and creating a happy life! The course will be launched in mid-June and last 8 weeks. Space is limited and the right group of women will be handpicked for this amazing experience! If you are interested in being a part of this group, please schedule your free breakthrough session now and let’s talk about creating your new life!
To your health and happiness,