– Want Proof? This is me before:
This is me after:
In high school, I was a really fit person. I played on my field hockey team, and also was on a dance company. Before that, I was in competitive swimming. I was constantly working out. So, why couldn’t I lose those last few pounds that are so hard to get rid of? These 5 Simple Weight Loss Secrets Made all the difference! I shed body fat like crazy and will almost no effort whatsoever.
*Disclaimer*: A lot of the following information, I learned from McKay Taylor, who is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Dietician (RD).
Ok now to those Weight Loss Secrets I was mentioning earlier:
A big misconception people have is they think weight matters. They pay so much attention to the scale, and actual weight, than what they look like. When I first started working out, I was losing weight, but then I started gaining weight, and I was getting so frustrated. What was I doing wrong? Why wasn’t I making any progress? The truth is, I was making a lot of progress, I was just gaining muscle weight. There is nothing wrong with weighing more. A pound of muscle is way smaller than a pound of fat. So, I decided to just ditch the scale and pay more attention to how I felt and how I looked in the mirror.
Another thing people do to lose weight is they barely eat any food and work out a ton. This is so unhealthy and will not get you anywhere. When i was in college last year, I wasn’t eating very much because I couldn’t afford a lot of food. I started losing a lot of weight, which isn’t good, but I kept working out because I wanted to stay fit. This caused me to be tired all the time, and feel so weak. And guess what? I still had a ton of body fat. The toned look is way better/healthier looking than the emaciated look. (That being said, all body types are beautiful. If you’re naturally skinny, that’s okay! Nothing is wrong with you) Eating is so, so important. It helps your brain work so you can function. It gives you energy. It makes you happy. Plus, food is delicious, why wouldn’t you want to eat it?!
Protein, Protein, Protein
Eating protein is so important if you want to get toned. After working out, your muscles are tired and need to be able to repair themselves. Protein is what allows your body do this. If you work out and then go home and don’t eat, your body will not be able to recover properly. I love eating chicken after a good workout. There are tons of recipes out there with chicken, I love trying new recipes every day. A lot of people tend to think nuts are super healthy, but they tend to be more fattening than healthy, so I would stay away from those (it’s not bad to indulge a little, though). Another good source of protein are egg whites. No, not just eggs. Egg whites. I used to hate eggs because the yolk was always SO disgusting and it’s because it’s all fat. Whenever I cook, and a recipe calls for an egg, I never include the yolk.
Worry Less, Run More
Another mistake I made in college: I would do mostly cardio and do a little bit of weight lifting at the end of my workout. Do NOT do this! I started losing my butt, and I was no longer toned. Cardio is good in moderation, but now i mostly do weight-lifting and squats, which has made a huge improvement in how I look. Another reason why I don’t like running/cardio is because it has destroyed my knees. Running on the ground puts so much stress on your legs. A few weeks ago, I was walking home from work and my knee started hurting. It swelled up to twice the size of my other knee. I tried wearing braces, but it wasn’t helping. I eventually went to the E.R. and they told me it was because I walk to and from work every day. I can’t afford a car right now, so I’m still walking, but I have a much better brace now, and I catch the bus when I can.
When I’m stressed out, I tend to eat to make myself feel better. In order to calm my nerves so I am not always eating, is I do yoga! It’s relaxing, but you’re exercising at the same time. What could be better than that?! There are all different types of yoga, and depending on the day, I choose different kinds. I usually do a yoga session at the end of my workout to help my body cool down, but every now and then I’ll do some harder, more strength-based sessions. I also found doing yoga helps me sleep better at night because I am more relaxed.
Sweet & Sour
Okay, I’ll admit. I have a GIANT sweet tooth which is a huge weakness of mine. It’s okay to have a dessert here and there, but don’t pig out all time. This is one of the hardest things for me to do, but I’ve managed to be able to do it…and if I can do it, anybody can. Trust me. I have a really addictive and impulsive personality so trust me when i say I know what it’s like to struggle with this. When I started not eating sugar and candy, my acne cleared up and I wasn’t crashing anymore (this, and gluten). Eating candy all the time made me feel so lazy and groggy and I had no energy at all! I used to keep a stash of candy to eat when I was upset. Neeeeeverrr do this! This is the easiest way to gain weight!
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk
Many doctors out there recommend drinking milk because the calcium is good for your bones. This isn’t true at all. Hear me out. Milk may have a lot of calcium in it, but the amount that is absorbed into our body is less than the calcium absorbed from a strawberry. Milk is not naturally made for our bodies to digest. There is a reason why a lot of people usually are lactose intolerant. The only reason why Americans are able to eat milk is because of a genetic mutation that happened that allowed us to digest it. That doesn’t make it okay to drink though. Eating meat is way better for your bones. You guys can be skeptical of all this, but I’ve stopped drinking it and I feel way better and I have absolutely no acne anymore. I have really weak bones from some intense treatments I got as a child, and am at risk for osteoporosis. I broke my foot and didn’t even know it. I was constantly trying to eat cheese and anything with “calcium” in it in high school. This is another reason why I was gaining weight. Milk also causes acne, and is not good for you at all. So think twice before leaving out milk and cookies for Santa this year.
Eating Gluten Free
Eating gluten-free was one of the best choices I have ever made. I always found myself so tired after eating and I would always crash and nap for a while. Eating gluten makes you feel so heavy. When I started not eating gluten, I had so much more energy and I no longer crashed, or felt sick, after eating. I naturally got abs. That body fat that wouldn’t go away actually went away, and it wasn’t because of anything unhealthy. I never do any ab workouts, and I still have abs. Eating gluten-free is huge for me, and I recommend it to everyone.
Anyway, Those are the 5 Weight Loss Secrets that worked for me! Please comment below and tell me what what weight loss secrets have helped you with success!
Any questions? Remember you can always just ask!