How To Start Losing Weight: My 4 Tips.
Losing weight is easy. That’s right, I said it. It’s not actually that difficult to lose fat. The only thing that it is, is basic math: Calories in should be less than the calories that go out. This means that you need to eat fewer calories than that your body uses in a day. So why am I still fat? Because while losing weight itself is easy, the process towards it isn’t. Losing weight isn’t just a physical process, it is a mental one as well. Some people may have depression, which results in a loss of the motivation that is essential if you want to lose weight. Sometimes we just lack discipline, what happened to me the past year when I regained my lost weight.
Now I’m not a psychologist, so if your problems are very mental I can’t help you. Talk to your doctor if this is something you struggle with because of psychological reasons. If it’s just a lack of discipline, read on, because these tips might just help you…
Listen: motivation is more than just: “I want to be thin!”. There needs to be a good reason why you want to lose weight.
Basically, there are two types of motivation. Intrinsic
tl;dr: Find a good motivation that is more than just “I want to be slim.”.
Don’t go on a diet
Wow, this sounds like completely the opposite of what you should do, right? There are all these fad diets out there that get praised in magazines. “I cut out bread and I lost 50+ kilos!” or “I started juicing and now I’m slim!”. The truth is, you can eat anything and lose weight. As I’ve said in the first line of this article; Calories in, Calories out. So why do those fad diets work? Because you are restricting your caloric intake without noticing it. If you cut out carbs, how many calories do you stop eating? Usually a lot. That is why those people lose weight.
Does this mean you should not make any changes to your diet? Chances are you should. You might eat or drink more crap than you actually realize. These two things helped me tremendously when I started out: I downloaded a calorie tracker app. There are many different ones you can download on your phone. Then the app calculated how many calories I needed, based on my height and weight, per day. After that, I got a kitchen scale and I started weighing and measuring all my food. I became more conscious of what I was eating this way, and suddenly, that can of Monster could be replaced by a sandwich, and I could eat more and still lose weight. I started realizing, without even looking up nutrition, what better choices I could make.
After you get a start on this, you may want to do some more research on nutrition. I don’t know a whole lot, but I do know what is good for me due to careful research. Maybe I’ll do an article about that in the future, or if someone wants to do a guest article about it I’ll arrange that.
tl;dr: get a kitchen scale, count your calories.
Work out how you want to work out.
The gym isn’t for everybody. I like lifting weights and getting stronger, but I hate doing cardio on machines. Not because it’s tough, but because it’s boring. You may not like lifting, and that is fine. You can lose weight with just eating a caloric deficit, but it gets easier when you start implementing sports into your routine. Not only is working out good for your health, but it’s also good for your mind. I felt so much more clearheaded and happier after I started training. I started smiling more and have an overall better attitude when I was out in the world.
There’s also the added benefit that working out changes the way your body looks for the better. A muscular definition will come through even if you are overweight, and changing the body is a great aspect of looking better as well. Clothes will drape of your body better when you have broader shoulders and a narrower waist. When I wore a slim fit shirt for the first time I was shocked. I was still overweight, but DAMN I looked good.
Now the important thing to do is to do something that you enjoy, so shop around and try out a few different types of sports. Try weightlifting with a friend if you don’t know if you like it. Go to a martial arts class, start running (although that might not be the best idea… knee joint damage and all.) or swimming. Search around, you will quickly find what works for you, and it is much easier to keep up doing something you enjoy.
tl:dr: find out an activity that you like and do it.
Keep track of your stats
Keeping track of your stats is more than just stepping on a scale. The first weeks I lost weight, it was easy. The first three weeks I lost more than 5 kilos. I was ecstatic! After that, it went slower. Until two months in and I hadn’t lost a single pound. I was certain that I did not eat more calories than I used, so I was really down about this. Then I started getting out the measuring tape, and I started measuring my waist, neck, chest and belly area… and inches were gone. Sometimes the loss isn’t visible on a scale, but it IS visible on a measuring tape. If you don’t want to get demotivated because of these moments, measure everything. Keep a diary and keep writing in it, that’s what I am doing right now. Make progress pics so you can make that YouTube compilation in a year or two to show the world that you lost so much weight!
tl:dr: this is a short one, just read it you lazy bum.
These are the four biggest tips I can give you to lose weight. In future articles, I may talk about other areas that I can think of at that time, as well as go more in-depth on some points I made here when possible.