9 Ways to Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey

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A new year is a chance to reset your mind, set new goals and make sure you’re keeping your body as healthy as possible.

After an indulgent festive period, many of us start January ready to kick off a new weight loss plan, even though this can be a tough time of year when it’s so cold and dark a lot of the time.

Try not to let these factors get in the way of your goals, keep our top tips for kickstarting your plan in mind, and you’ll be off to a great start.

1. Adjust Your Mindset

Mindset is such an important factor on any weight loss journey. Mindfulness activities such as meditation and positive affirmations can help you to get in the right headspace to achieve your goals – never underestimate the power of a motivational quote.

motivational quote

2. Banish Tempting Treats

If indulgent treats and unhealthy snacks aren’t there, you won’t be tempted to eat them.

Blitz your cupboards and fridge of anything you think might prove too much of a temptation, and gift anything that you don’t want to friends, family or your local food bank.

3. Make Yourself Accountable

Holding yourself accountable to your goals can be a helpful way to keep yourself on track. Tell your loved ones what you’re trying to achieve and they’ll most likely check in with you regularly to see how you’re getting on.

Taking a ‘before’ photo can be another great source of motivation, acting as a constant reminder to yourself of why you started your journey in the first place.

Some people also like to start a new Instagram account to post images of everything they eat or use an app to track their calorie intake as another way of keeping themselves accountable and on track to their goals.

person taking a photo of a meal using their phone

4. Keep Yourself Full

Aim to make protein a part of every meal to keep yourself feeling full. Eggs, dairy and poultry are all good sources, but if you’re struggling to work enough into your diet or you follow a plant-based lifestyle, you might want to try using one of the vegan protein powders from Garden of Life instead.

Up your protein intake and start your day with a protein shake or smoothie featuring one of these organic, plant-based proteins, which are available in a choice of flavours including Vanilla, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and more.

5. Try Meal Replacement Products

If you’re looking for a whole healthy lifestyle change, the diet replacement products available from OPTIFAST could help you to kickstart this.

OPTIFAST’s shakes, soups, bars and desserts are high in protein and scientifically designed to help you succeed on your journey. They also contain 24 vitamins and minerals and an average of just 200 calories per serving. Use them as part of a total diet replacement plan, partial meal replacement or intermittent fasting.

You can get started on your OPTIFAST journey and build your own weight loss bundle here.

6. Keep Your Body Moving

All weight loss plans are built around the proven concept of reducing your calorie intake and moving your body more, so it’s important to increase your exercise levels to help improve your fitness levels and keep your body toned on your weight loss journey.

Walking the dog, going for a swim or even doing some yoga can all be good places to start – you don’t need to go straight in with the high-intensity workouts, but they’re of course brilliant too!

7. Prep is Key

Being prepared is crucial, as there are always going to be days when you’re too busy or tired to cook something healthy from scratch.

healthy meals in portion boxes

Try batch-cooking when you have the time so you’ve got meals that just need heating up when you need them, and try to make your breakfast the night before. If you’re pushed for time in the mornings, a protein shake with just a scoop of protein and some water or plant-based milk is a super quick, filling option.

If you’re going out, take healthy snacks with you and research healthy restaurant options so you’re prepared when hunger strikes.

8. Be Mindful of Portion Sizes

Keep an eye on your portion sizes to help keep your weight loss in check. Try to fill most of your plate with lean protein and vegetables at every meal, keeping carbs and fats to a minimum.

Get into the habit of stopping eating when you’re feeling full. You might even want to consider investing in some smaller plates to trick your mind into thinking your meals are bigger with less empty space – whatever works for you!

9. Be Kind to Yourself

Last but not least, remember to be kind to yourself. If you fall off track with your weight loss plan, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s a better use of your energy to pick yourself up and get straight back on it with your next meal.

None of us are perfect, so don’t be too harsh on yourself. Remind yourself of why you started this journey and keep your goal in sight.

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2020-11-09 16:34:39By Every Health

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