Two Easy Steps to Lose Weight
One of the biggest misconceptions about improving your health is that you need to change everything all at once. Making small changes, one or two at a time, is easier to implement and will give you a sense of accomplishment that will help keep you motivated. Here are two simple tips that can give you big results. Take it one step at a time and be consistent and you will feel the difference!
1. Drink at least half your body weight in water daily, more if you exercise. Being dehydrated can lower your metabolism! If you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes to see if you were just thirsty or bored. You can add lemon wedges, cucumber, mint, etc., to add variety. Drink a cup or two first thing in the morning to help your body function properly and take those few minutes to set your intentions for the day.
2. Eat vegetables at every meal. This is my favorite! Your body needs micronutrients to operate effectively. Vegetables are nutrient dense foods- they contain vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy- from your bones, to muscles, to preventing disease. You can read more about the benefits here http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/key-nutrients-in-fruits-and-vegetables
Vegetables are low in calories, but filling, so you can pretty much eat an unlimited amount. Aim for one to two cups at meals and a half a cup or more for snacks. I like to focus on what you can eat instead of what you can't eat. Starting each meal with vegetables leaves less room for unhealthy food without feeling like you have eliminated it from your diet.
Once you have implemented these steps, you should feel more energetic, and you are building belief in yourself!
To continue making changes, I recommend that you keep a detailed food log for a few days- what you ate, how much, time of day, how you were feeling emotionally, how your body felt afterward. Once you have this information, look at what will make the biggest impact. Do you need more protein? Less processed food? Less alcohol?
Pick one action item and be consistent with it. If you need help, I love telling you what to eat and what to avoid! Just ask!