My Dear friend, Andrea Andrus has agreed to share her ‘Top Five Ways to Lose Weight’ with Fashion to a T readers. Andrea is a Certified Health Coach and there is no one I trust more with my health and fitness than her.
Andrea works with women who are ready for a totally new way to eat, work out and lose weight. Her clients learn how to have a positive relationship with food and exercise, and guides them to live their vision of a healthy and happy lifestyle.
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5 Tips to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
Obesity is an issue – no it is an epidemic – in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.
There are many factors that contribute to these staggering numbers, but I truly believe we can work to change the trend.
When it comes to losing or maintaining weight, I recommend choosing realistic methods that can be sustainable for the long term. Hopping on the latest diet trend – drinking shakes, taking supplements – or using the old fashioned method – skipping meals – does not work. Sure, if you try one of these methods they may work straight away. Help your drop 5 or 10 pounds. But, guess what? You will put the weight back on. Those healthy, slim and strong women you see are not skipping meals or dieting.
So, what are they doing? They are taking small steps – not giant leaps – to achieve long term results.
Try these 5 small steps to get you on the right track to hit your goal weight:
- Don’t skip meals. Actually add meals – try snacking in between breakfast, lunch and dinner with fruit, veggies and nuts. When you skip meals, your metabolism slows down, you become calorie deficient, and you usually end up bingeing later in the day. And when you are eating, choose whole foods and eliminate processed food whenever possible.
- Drink more water. Try drinking room temperature water before your meals. It will help you feel full and break down the food more effectively. Also, many people can effortlessly lose weight by simply replacing soda and alcohol with water; they contain a lot of empty calories.
- Every move counts. The body was made to move, so try to find a form of exercise you actually enjoy. And on the days you can’t get to the gym add Opportunistic Exercise to your day – take your next call standing instead of sitting and burn an extra 50 calories in just 30 minutes.
- Simple swaps. Balance out your diet with simple swaps so you can still enjoy many of the foods you love. Drop the soda and swap it out for sparkling water or cut out the bleached flour pasta and swap it with spaghetti squash. Figure out where you can make simple swaps in your daily diet.
- Sign up for healthy newsletters. A study found that people who received weekly e-mails about diet and fitness for 16 weeks substantially increased their levels of physical activity and intake of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables while cutting back on trans and saturated fats (Source: Kaiser Permanente).
I want to quickly leave you with one final thought – losing weight is not all about appearance.
Yes, looking good is a great plus, but there is so much more. You can reduce so many health issues that are caused by obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). You will also have more energy, confidence and truly be happier.
Cheers to a happy and health week!
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