Let’s admit it, we all get the urge to lose a few pounds once in a while, right? But at times it’s so easy to feel pressured into it. The internet is filled with motivational gym junkies telling you to do 1343 minutes of cardio a day and eat a grape (yes, singular) for dinner. Not to mention social media, you only need to open up Instagram and you’re bombarded with diet pills and teas which can I just say ‘STAY AWAY FROM!’
But let me just say, this post is not in anyway a pressure piece, I am no weight loss advocate in the slightest! But I have decided myself to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, but on my own terms. So, if like me you have decided that you want to be a bit healthier and lose a bit of weight on your own call, I have shared some friendly and easy weight loss tips that I’ve picked up over the years, all to help you build an all round healthier lifestyle. These aren’t necessarily diets, as I strongly believe that there’s not one set diet out there for everyone, we’re all unique after all. These are purely habits to go alongside any diet or exercise regime that you feel best suits you and your body. So from one human to another, here’s my advice to kick start your weight loss journey.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a huge range of benefits. Not only can it help lower cholesterol and boost your immune system, it also improves digestion. Some studies have also shown that apple cider vinegar can leave you feeling fuller for longer, therefore aiding weight loss. The vinegar is relatively cheap, but make sure you opt for the organic type with ‘the mother’ included for added goodness!
Being vinegar based, is isn’t the nicest tasting product in the world, but the benefits so far have been noticeable. I seem to be unable to finish meals I used to be able to destroy, and I also seem to bloat a lot less than I did before, which is a massive bonus. I usually pour a teaspoon amount of apple cider vinegar into a glass and mix it with it orange squash to try and take away the taste, although you can just shot the vinegar by itself if you prefer. I also think you can buy ACV capsules which I haven’t tried, and to be honest I think just consuming the pure apple cider vinegar is far easier.
Drinking plenty of water is something you should do regardless of your health goals, however drinking lots of water can help to aid your weight loss along. Drinking 2-4 litres of water a day is ideal as this helps to keep you hydrated and also makes you feel fuller for longer, therefore making you less likely to reach for the snacks. I find the best way to keep on track of this is to have a bottle of water on your desk or in your bag so you can easily measure your daily intake. For example, I have a 500ml Chilly’s Bottle so I know that I need to drink at least four bottles a day. Chilly’s Bottles are also great as they are environmentally friendly too, check out my review here.
I am a self taught yoga lover! That’s not to say I’m an expert in the slightest, I literally watched a ‘Yoga for Beginners’ video on YouTube last year and have been doing very basic Yoga moves ever since. But, I must say I have really noticed a difference! My muffin top seems to have gone away, by thighs appear leaner, and my core is a lot stronger, none of which I thought could be possible from the very simple stretches I have been doing. It just goes to show the power of Yoga!
I work in an office so my job doesn’t involve a lot of moving about. In fact it’s so easy to sit on my bum all day long eating endless amounts of biscuits, and some days this is the case! But I try my hardest to go for a walk every lunch time. My office is at the top of a hill so I tend to walk down the hill, walk back up it, and then around the block. The walk only takes about 20-25 minutes but it’s just enough to get my blood pumping and get a bit of fresh air at the same time. At the weekend I still try to fit a walk in, even if that walk is in the form of shopping! It’s so important for your body as well as your mind to take a break from the screen and move, even if it is for 10 minutes or so.
Don’t deprive yourself
If you opt to change your diet, that’s great, but don’t go all in and go cold turkey on the foods your love. From experience, depriving yourself of treats only results in failure down the line. It’s all about moderation. And hey, if you do fall off the wagon, it honestly doesn’t matter. What’s done is done, do not hate yourself for it. Simply pick yourself up, adapt your plan and start again. You will get there, I promise, just be kind to yourself.
As you can see, these easy tips are easy to fit into your day to day, so why not give them a go? You never know they may work for you like they have for me. Let me know if you have any other top tips in the comments 🙂