You may not have known, but I started my public speaking journey speaking on the stages of Weight Watchers, motivating people to get in shape and stay healthy, but when people asked me about weight loss or weight management, I often avoided the topic - but no more. I don’t enjoy telling people a list of things that they need to cut out of their lives...carbs...sweets…candy…fats. I’d rather be the one telling them things that they can ADD in order to make their lives healthier and happier which I’ve done here, here and here.
While I’m not a nutritionist, I have found that lately, 5 things are helping me to stay slim and feel so.much.healthier! Check out a YouTube video here. Of course good health is a combination of time, healthy movement & eating habits, along with stress management, sleep and...well you get the picture. Here are my top five things that are sky-rocketing my success (and yes, they’re in order). Get a jump start on your healthy metabolism journey and let me know how you’re doing.
1. Add Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting has become a big thing recently and heck, if I hadn’t avoided it for years. Whenever I had tried fasting in the past, I had white-knuckled it. No more, now that I’ve found the “clean” fast. For more info, read this and this. It has worked like NOTHING else. Controlling the timing of my meals and limiting my eating window - the amount of time I actually consume food during the day - have been the magic bullet for me and EASY in a way that nothing else has ever been. Will-power is totally overrated and I always felt like I only had about 3 months worth. My weight often fluctuated around events and how “desperate" I was feeling. To date, I have lost 22lbs or 10 kilos - this places me firmly in the “normal” BMI range for my height which has always been a benchmark for me.
1. Add water & MetaPWR
You've probably heard the advice to drink eight glasses of water a day (everyone from the CDC to the MayoClinic). That's easy to remember, and it's a reasonable goal. I know it’s a lot of the same, but when I tell you that adding MetaPWR will supercharge your metabolic journey, I am not lying. Add a sachet of this once a day. Replace all your liquids of the day (including the empty liquid calories from juices, creamers, and sodas) with a large glass of water and a few drops of lemon or grapefruit plus this and this. Diffusing this can help with cravings too. For more info on the entire line look here and here.
2. Add meal prep
The amount of cookbooks, food blogs, and Pinterest posts out there sharing healthy meals is staggering. If you love cooking, take a day or just an hour to scour the internet or the shelves of your local library or book store for new recipes these are my current favorites here, here and here. Cooking at home saves money, calories and hassle. Meal prepping can keep us on track because we don’t just grab the first thing that catches our eye in the refrigerator or pantry.
Not the cooking type? Or just not super creative in the kitchen? Use a meal service like this and get your groceries delivered here. Focus on two or three meals that you absolutely love and know are good for you and put them into rotation throughout the week!
3. Add plant-based options
Plants have fiber, and fiber keeps you full. Plants are also a lot less calorically dense than meat or fat. Bulk up on leafy greens, in-season veggies, and some plant-based sources of protein. Keep cut-up veggies and fruits in your fridge for snacks. You get the picture, for my favorite veggie ideas, try this.
4. Add a walk
Finding the time and money to incorporate a full trip to the gym, yoga, pilates, or any other group fitness class can be a challenge. Instead, add one 30 minute walk around your neighborhood into your daily routine, or two fifteen minute walks. For motivation, maybe get yourself a fun new pair of walking shoes like these or these. Favorite joggers for guys and gals also help. If you want a lower priced option, try these. Of course good gear like these Beats Studio buds and a water bottle make the time out even better.
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