It is difficult to lose weight. But, for busy people (and who doesn’t?), it can be more difficult. Fast-foods and other fast food options have become a part of our culture. However, they are often not healthy and don’t encourage weight reduction.
What can you do then?
Here are 10 tips to help you reach your weight loss goals and still keep up with your busy day.
One: Planning, planning, planning
A meal plan is one of the best things you can do when trying to lose weight in a busy world. It’s easy for people to fall into the bad habit of eating out at the drive-thru or local coffee shop when they don’t have time to prepare. These decisions made on the spot are the most detrimental to weight loss efforts. Instead, make sure you have a plan and follow it.
Two: Take the time to be kind to yourself
Although you may not have any problem scheduling a late appointment or meeting with a prospective client, it is more likely that you don’t schedule enough. It is important to make sure you are getting in your workouts. Sticking to a goal is easier if you have it written down.
Three: Be accountable
In the past, tracking calories was tedious and time-consuming. Nowadays, there are many apps, websites, or programs that can do the majority of the work for your. You can easily identify the problem areas by keeping track of the food you eat. What are the calories in that late-night snack? Is it worth it?
Another tricky thing to master is the portion. It’s easy to miss the correct portion size if you’re like us. One of the best things to do is get a scale and measure cups. You will find that a healthy portion size can be quite different than what you thought.
Five: Keep the Good Stuff Close
How many times have we skipped breakfast because we were too busy? A backup at work can help you avoid this problem and encourage healthy eating habits. You can find many healthy breakfast options that you can keep in your desk drawer. Breakfast will prevent you from feeling hungry throughout the day.
Six: After Dinner Drinks
Many weight loss experts will advise you to stop drinking alcohol altogether. However, we know that most people won’t be able to stick to this so set a goal. Avoid drinking three or more glasses of wine and limit your intake of sugary, high-calorie mixed drinks. You will save calories and still be able to indulge if you only have one glass of wine.
Seven: Out of sight, out of mind
It won’t be easy to get rid of all the processed foods and sugary treats that you have been eating.
You should also make sure you have healthy options in your kitchen and keep them within easy reach. It’s easier to eat healthy foods and stay on track with your weight loss efforts by having what you need.
Nine: Cook in Bulk
After a long day at the office, it can feel like cooking a healthy meal is more work than it’s worth. This can be overcome by making time for large-scale cooking on weekends. It’s possible to do a lot with all your appliances. You can make healthy meals in your slow cooker for lunches during the week and then roast vegetables and chicken in the oven for dinner. Tupperware can be used to freeze small meals for the freezer so you have them on hand throughout the week.
Ten: Do not underestimate the power of water
It is often overlooked that water is one of your most powerful tools. You can help avoid overeating by making sure that you stay hydrated. You should always carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.