Weight Loss Goals – How to Achieve Them

by Jennifer Boudreau on April 22, 2013

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Diet and exerciseSummer is right around the corner and many of us are panicking because swim suit season is upon us. Not only are we pale from not seeing the sun all winter, but we may have packed on a little more belly flab than we would want to show off in our swim suits. Losing weight is never an easy task, but here are a few tips that may help point you in the right direction.

  • Cleanse your body. Cleansing your body will kick start your weight loss journey and get you started off the right way. The more toxicity in your body, the more fat your body stores to protect your organs. As you reduce the toxins, you lose weight and excess water in the process. As women, many of us are carrying around excess water in addition to fat, hindering our weight loss efforts. Visit my Weight Loss page for more information on this topic. The My Results page will provide you with videos and pictures of my personal weight loss journey.
  • Journal what you are eating. In many areas of life, tracking is the secret to success because it tells us where the problems lie. Many of us are consuming significantly more calories than we are aware of. You may be eating 2500 calories per day when you think you are only eating 1800. I write down what I eat each day in my notebook. Nowadays there are great apps you can download to your phone like MyFitnessPal, to help track what you eat. Either method is effective. Just decide which works best for you. As far as how many calories you should eat, I’m not a dietician, but I love Maria Kang’s theory which is to slowly reduce calories over time. If you are eating 2200 calories per day, reduce to 1900 until you plateau. Once you plateau, reduce to 1600, etc., but do not go below 1200. If you have medical conditions, definitely consult your doctor first.
  • Eat cleaner. Clean eating is the goal of removing all processed foods from the diet. Your diet should primarily consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Dairy should be consumed in limited portions. This is hands down the most challenging part of the equation, yet the most important. When it comes to successful weight management, nutrition is approximately 80%, exercise approximately 20%. You have to keep your nutrition in check. Notice, sugar is NOT part of the equation….which means kick it to the curb unless it is consumed during your designated cheat meal. We will discuss your cheat meal in my next blog post.
  • Close the pantry after 7:00 pm. Many of us are night time snackers. This will derail your weight loss plan quicker than anything else. Eat dinner then be done. It is as simple as that. Tell your spouse and your kids that you are not allowed anywhere near the fridge or pantry door after 7:00 pm.
  • Strength Training. All of us know that we need to incorporate cardio exercises into our fitness program, but often times the missing link is strength training. When I was a personal trainer we would refer to women who only did cardio as “cardio bunnies.”  Do not fall in to this category. You will get significantly better results, burn more calories overall, have more muscle tone and shape, and look better in your swimsuit by including strength training exercises. For some great strength training tips, check out this article from Women’s Health Magazine

Losing weight is not an easy task, but it can be easier to take action if you follow these few simple tips to get you going. When you have been frustrated with your weight in the past, there is such a strong feeling of empowerment when you finally start to see the weight melting off. You feel more confident, sexy and flat out proud of what you have accomplished. It is a feeling you deserve and are fully capable of obtaining. You CAN do this!

Next time we will talk about how to stay motivated during your weight loss journey.

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