The change of season is a great chance to start reflecting and evaluating how things are going in your life. Are you on track to achieving your goals? Are you happy? While any day is a good day to make a positive change, the promise of the spring and summer stretching out ahead can really give you the motivation you need.
Before embarking on your new health and weight loss journey, it’s useful to take some measurements. These will let you know where you are now, so you can work out where you need to be. They’re also useful to look back on and make comparisons when your body shape starts to change. Using a tape measure, measure your neck, upper arms, forearms, bust, waist, hips, thighs, and calves. An accurate pair of scales is useful for this first measurement as well as to track your progress throughout, you can find reviews for the best scales for weight loss online. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning for the most accurate result. You might also want to take before and after pictures too. If you don’t like how you currently look this can be difficult, but put them in a secret file on your computer and just forget about them. Eventually, when you lose weight, you will want to see how far you’ve come and will be glad you took them.
Detox has a bad reputation, mainly due to companies selling products that don’t do much good. But detoxing doesn’t have to mean drinking strange potions and teas. Instead, it can be a three to five day period where you just eat fruits and vegetables. This will help you to break your addiction to caffeine, sugar and ‘reset’ your appetite. You don’t need to starve yourself- in fact, you should eat in abundance! Just stick to completely natural fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water. It will help you to get rid of any water weight you’ve been carrying, and start you on a good path for the rest of your plan. After a few days, start introducing other foods in gradually. Whole grains, lean protein, nuts and seeds, low-fat dairy products. You’ll find that after a few days of eating just fruit and vegetables that you really appreciate the flavors of these things and fill up more easily too.
Use Herbs and Spices
Food companies use things like salt, sugar, and oil in their food which makes it taste extra delicious. The problem is these are horrible for our bodies. In most cases they’re ‘hidden’ too, meaning you wouldn’t immediately think certain products contained them and could be eating things like pasta sauces, soups, and other ready-made foods thinking they’re a lot healthier than they are. Ditch the convenience food and cook from scratch instead. You can make your food flavorful while still being healthy by using herbs and spices. Mixing yogurt with turmeric, paprika, coriander leaf, garlic powder, ginger and cumin for example makes a healthy tandoori Indian marinade for meat. Add garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, chives, and parsley to tomato passata for a healthy homemade pasta sauce.
If you’re not a gym bunny, then don’t go to the gym. If you don’t have the time or aren’t inclined to go on morning runs at 6 am each day then don’t- simple! Instead, find something you can do and enjoy. That way it won’t feel like torture, and you’ll be more likely to stick it out. Exercise shouldn’t feel like punishment, and it’s not good to see it that way. With the warmer weather on the way, simply getting outdoors will mean you’re exercising more and burning calories. Try walking to work, going on a bike ride with the family or going swimming.