If I’ve learned anything in my 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and as a celebrity trainer it’s that weight loss can seem very complicated.
But guess what? It really doesn’t have to be!
I know the feeling of being overwhelmed and confused with all of the weight loss information out there. There are so many rules, do’s and dont’s, and pieces of “advice” that it can be hard to know exactly what to focus on.
I’ve taken all my years of experience and narrowed it down to four simple, but powerful tips for how to lose weight and keep it off.
I’ve helped thousands of people get in shape and feel confident in their skin, and they have all learned to make these four tips a lifestyle change. You can do it too!
Here are my top tips for weight loss! These are basics, so many people seem to overlook them in their quest to find a one-stop shop solution. But they are strong, solid basics for weight loss success!
Top Tips for Weight Loss
1. A Healthy Diet
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with coming up with healthy meals consistently. I’m not a great cook, and I don’t know how to properly and effectively use seasonings and create yummy, but healthy sauces. So for me, using a meal replacement shake, like IdealShake, to supplement my healthy eating plan is essential and easy!
I love that IdealShake takes all the guesswork out of meal planning and is so very convenient. I not only know I am getting the protein, vitamins, and minerals I need, but I also know I am not overdosing on sugar and calories when I drink these delicious shakes. It helps me control my cravings and hunger and is very satisfying.
Also, when it is hot outside, my appetite isn’t that great. So, drinking a cold, creamy shake with some frozen fruit added with some unsweetened almond milk is exactly what I need, and it does the trick! I am satisfied, it gives me proper energy and fuel for my workouts, and I definitely do not feel deprived.
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2. Get Enough Sleep
Listen up all you night owls! Did you know one of the key issues to not losing weight is sleep deprivation? When you lose sleep or don’t get enough, it disrupts a complex and interwoven series of metabolic and hormonal processes.
What I recommend to ensure a good night’s sleep is to first stop eating 3 hours before bedtime. You want to make sure you don’t spend those precious hours in dreamy time having your body battling, trying to digest what you just ate 30 minutes before you turned those lights out!
In addition, make sure you have complete darkness. If you have lights on from your alarm clock, TV, or no shades on your windows that block light out, get yourself a comfy sleep mask.
One thing that always helps me sleep is to turn off my TV, my cell phone, and anything else that might be distracting about one hour before bedtime. Instead, I listen to some soothing meditation music.
Although many people like to read before they go to bed, I personally don’t think it is a good idea to read anything that is going to be too stimulating, thought provoking, or disturbing. However, if it works for you, and you don’t spend the night tossing and turning, then go for it!
In the evening, 1-2 hours after dinner, it’s a great idea to do some easy yoga, using deep breath work to calm your body and your mind, while working out all the kinks in those stiff muscles.
3. Reduce and Manage Stress
Too much stress can be a huge problem when it comes to weight loss. Stress signals the release of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. Too much cortisol can cause you to hold onto fat, especially in the belly area. Not fun!
One of my favorite ways to reduce stress and calm down is listening to the Tibetan Bowls. It helps me get into such a zen state! A CD I bought that I use every single day as part of my daily stress management practice is called “Liquid Bells Singing Bowls”.
I got mine on Amazon after I heard the artist, Damien Rose, perform with the bowls live at a retreat I went on in California. I was put into the most relaxing state of mind and haven’t been able to do without it since.
That, of course, brings me to the importance of meditation! Even if you start by doing 5 minutes per day, it really helps to harmonize your nervous system and relieve stress. Just sit somewhere quiet without any distractions, making sure you have back support, close your eyes, and follow your breath.
When thoughts come in, just let them drift by and come back to your breath. For some, it helps to repeat a mantra when exhaling like “Release” or “Relax”. Try it for a few weeks and notice the positive changes it produces.
4. Move Your Body!
When it comes to exercise and fitness, everyone is different.
Some people love running, others yoga, and some enjoy lifting heavy weights. Losing weight and getting fit is really about finding something you love to do and sticking with it.
Fitness should never feel like torture. If it does, you haven’t found something that’s best for you and your lifestyle.
I always advise people to start out slow and easy. Learn to enjoy the process and embrace your journey!
Everyone is at a different place, so don’t compare your beginning, middle, or end to anyone else’s. Love yourself in every moment and make small steps towards your goals. It all adds up!
For me personally, I enjoy the elliptical because it’s easy on my joints and it gets my heart pumping. Core work is a must too!
I love blasting my music and working up a good sweat.
Of course, it goes without saying that if you exercise consistently you will sleep better. It probably is the number one stress reducer! So get moving!
If you want to make a lasting change in your life, it really takes a shift of focus. These four tips are pretty basic and simple which is why they get overlooked so much. But they make ALL the difference! I’d suggest starting with one or two and working on making them a priority. Once you have those down, start working on the others. This is how we make a lifestyle change!
I believe the IdealShape products, especially the shakes, make this process SO much easier. They provide a kickstart into eating right and making healthy changes.
Remember, weight loss isn’t just about getting into a smaller size. It’s about improving your quality of life! It’s about loving yourself enough to respect your body and take care of it.
Learn to find joy in your journey!