This post was contributed by my good friend, Charlotte at The Mummy Toolbox. I was so inspired by her weight-loss story that I asked her to share her super secret tips for effective (and permanent) weight loss. I only recommend healthy weight loss for those that are in an unhealthy bracket, and Charlotte has the experience and expertise that meets those needs.
A Bit About Charlotte:
Charlotte is a modern mum who has both, lots of time on her hands and no time at all. She has lost over 5 stone (70+ lbs) through diet, exercise and adopting a healthier lifestyle. This does not mean that she has given up her extreme love of cake and food, just eating less of it! With a young son and an overestimation of her artistic ability Charlotte likes to try and inspire others to be healthy, learn from her mistakes and learn more about herself.
One of the hardest parts of a weight loss journey is the “after”. You are into the swing of things and you are making great progress, you may have even reached your goal weight – but what comes next? How do you make sure you don’t get the dreaded “rebound” where the weight slowly (sometimes quickly) piles back on again and in a few months you find yourself set back and unhappy! We’ve all been there (sometimes once or twice) but I have rounded up some of the key ways to keep the weight off for good and enjoy the new you!
6 Ways To Lose The Weight For Good
- Weigh yourself regularly – this one is controversial I know and I don’t mean obsessively or everyday! BUT weighing yourself is a great way to learn your body’s natural rhythms and cycles of when you naturally gain and lose a few lbs. Regularly weighing yourself can allow you to notice any immediate or drastic changes to your weight which can help you figure out if you are slipping on your eating, exercise or catching signs of more serious health issues early on!
- Mix it up – Keep your routine varied! – It’s ok to change the days you exercise, or even the exercises you’re doing. Why not try a new class or change the tempo of your workout, you may find a new exercise or hobby and it keeps challenging your muscles and body. Different activities challenge your body in different ways which means trying new workouts can uncover weaknesses you never knew you had (which also helps to avoid injury too!). Don’t let your routine become stagnant otherwise it will get boring and can be really demotivating and not enjoyable anymore which means you are less likely to keep up with it!
- Don’t be afraid to try some weights – Women in particular tend to shy away from weights through fear of becoming too “butch”. Trust me, the amount of effort (and clean eating) required to build those kinds of muscle requires a lot more dedication and time than if you add some dumbbells to your routine.Weights are a great way to build muscle and remember the GOLDEN RULE – muscle eats more calories than fat does – if you love your food (like me) then you need some food munching muscle to even it out. Strength training works for long term gains and cardio works for short term gains!
- Flavour, Flavour – Something I learned whilst following a stricter diet was that rather than adding more food to your plate, add more flavour/seasoning to your meal. Don’t be afraid to cook with spices! variety is the spice of life after all. Extra flavour makes food more appealing, enjoyable and leave you feeling more satisfied as if you have eaten a bigger meal than you actually have. Some herbs and spices are natural detoxes and healthy too so bare that in mind – double benefits! Bonus!
- Stay active – It’s OK if you have had a busy week and haven’t been able to commit to all of your workouts but make sure you stay active. Even an extra walk is better than sitting on the sofa doing nothing! There is always a way to encorporate activity into your day e.g. you could do calf raises while doing the washing up or do some squats in the kitchen whilst making dinner. Just don’t stop, forces in motion, stay in motion! (or something like that)
- Don’t make it all consuming – Enjoy your life. Make sure you don’t make your weight the sole focus of your life, it makes it more stressful! You lost a lb this week?! Go you, don’t reward yourself with food, give yourself and pat on the back and get on with your life – try not to make weight loss this all consuming idea because when it is over you won’t have something to focus on and you will eventually feel so restricted you will “bounce back”. You are making a long term lifestyle change which which means it doesn’t happen overnight. If you want the cake, ask yourself “will I still want this tomorrow?” if you can honestly say yes then eat the cake – life’s too short – if no then put it down, walk away and do some exercise you don’t need that cake to be happy J
Ultimately what I have learned on my weight loss journey is that it is easy to fall back into old habits which were obviously not healthy to begin with. Remember what you’ve learned about yourself and keep moving forward. (Literally and mentally.)Remember what you've learned & keep moving forward. Via @TheMummyToolbox Click To Tweet
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