If you’ve been looking for some ideas on how to kickstart weight loss, and you don’t want to spend hours and hours at the gym, we’ve got you covered!
Losing weight can be really hard sometimes. It can be frustrating to do everything right and not see any movement on the scale. Or maybe something worked a few years ago, but it’s not working anymore. I totally get it. These five simple things have really helped give my body a kickstart, put me on the path to better health, and losing those stubborn extra pounds.
1- Drink more water.
Did you know that sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty? It’s true! Instead of immediately reaching for a snack when your tummy rumbles, try drinking a big ol’ glass of water and see if that does the trick.
Pro tip: If you’re not a fan of water, try making your own infused water by adding sliced fruit and veggies, fresh herbs, and spices.
2- Go to bed.
Sounds simple, right? Well, it is actually that simple.
As it turns out, sleep is integral to losing weight. When you are sleep deprived, your body’s ability to use insulin properly is disrupted. The more insulin resistant you become, the more your body ends up storing fat rather than burning it.
Also, when you’re tired, you are much more likely to not only make poor food choices, but also eat more in general. This is because the hormones that control hunger are disrupted and cortisol (stress hormone) levels rise, all of which are associated with weight gain. (source) To sum it up – when you’re tired, you eat more, and your body stores fat instead of burning it.
Pro tip: Put away those screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime, and if possible away from your bedside. Take steps to help yourself calm down naturally instead. Take a warm bath, read a good book, dim the lights, etc. You’ll fall asleep easier and sleep better.
3- Step away from the sugar.
Sugar is BAD news for your diet. It can be really hard to kick that sweet tooth to the curb. Eating too much sugar leads to all sorts of health issues, including diabetes and heart problems. Those excess calories from sugar are usually empty calories which causes a blood sugar crash leaving you looking for something else to eat. And the cycle goes on and on. Cut out or really limit sugary drinks, snacks, prepared foods, candy, and other dessert to special occasions.
Before you’re tempted to cut out sugar cold turkey, start with making the small change to natural sweeteners. They are less refined, retain their natural minerals and vitamins. As your tastebuds adjust, you’ll find yourself craving sweets less and less.
Pro tip: Eat fruit and protein, like a handful of nuts, to combat sugar cravings and help your sweet tooth adjust.
4- Add resistance training to your exercise routine .
Cardio is important for heart health and burning calories too. BUT those are calories you’re burning while you’re exercising. Adding weights or strength resistance training to your exercise routine will help your muscles keep burning calories after your workout and beyond. Stronger, bigger muscles burn more fat, period.
Pro tip: You don’t need fancy gym equipment to reap the benefits of strength training. Check out these awesome, quick body weight exercises you can do at home. Seriously – planks, squats, pushups, and all those other exercises yield great results.
5- Walk after you eat.
Walking for 15-20 minutes after eating has drastic effects on your blood sugar. It’s true! Walking aids digestion as well as helping prevent blood sugar spikes and dips that naturally occur after eating.
That short after-meal walk is likely to be even more beneficial than a longer workout. Crazy, right? Aim for a walk after each meal, when you can.
Pro tip: If possible, also aim to walk uphill for part of your walk which adds even greater health benefits.
BONUS TIP: Meal plan + prep ahead
Another way to kickstart your weight loss is to have a plan and to prep your meals in advance. Why is this so important? Well, look at it this way. If you already know what you’re eating, if it’s already in your fridge and ready to go, then chances are you’ll be much more likely to eat that healthy food and pass up the junk.
We have an awesome 7-day reset plan, Thrive, that is plant-based and designed for weight loss.
What’s included in Thrive?
- Shopping list
- Prep tips for the week
- Full menu
- Printable PDF
- Tons of helpful info for success
(p.s. If you want to see a sample of what Thrive meals are like, check out our recipe for Almond Butter and Veggie Zoodles, pictured above.)
Not ready for a full meal plan yet? No worries, we’ve also created Simple 7: A 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. It’s fee and a great first step towards getting healthier.
Think of it as your gateway to healthy eating just by including a nutrient-dense, delicious green smoothie in your day.