“What’s your #1 tip for weight loss” is probably the question that I am asked most. While diet and exercise play a key role in meeting our weight loss goals, my #1 tip has nothing to do with either. And while sleep is also important for weight loss, that’s still not it.
It is something that most people would probably not expect, but it’s definitely becoming more popular. If you read any articles about “habits of successful people”, you will probably find that most of them are doing this as well, despite whether or not they’re trying to lose weight. And if it helps successful people reach their goals in their professional life, then it can help us reach our goals in our personal life too.
Do you know what it is? Take a guess. My #1 tip is….
Keeping a gratitude journal.
Yup. That’s it. Now you’re probably wondering what one has to do with the other. How can keeping a gratitude journal help me lose weight? Is it really that simple?
Well think about it. Our eating habits are usually connected to our emotions – whether we realize it or not. When we’re stressed, we tend to reach for sweets. Am I right? We often use food as a coping mechanism during stressful times – whether we feel stressed or not, it’s usually our “go-to”. By keeping a daily journal of things that we’re grateful for, we’re better able to cope with everyday stresses that may arise by acknowledging our stressors rather than reaching for dessert.
My journal is simple (it doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant). I write in it for 5 minutes every morning after breakfast and 5 minutes every night before bed. It has become part of my morning and bedtime routines. It helps me start and end each and every day on a positive note.
We often take for granted the great and wonderful people and things that we have in our life so it’s the perfect opportunity to take a few moments to appreciate them. It’ll change our perspective and in return, calm our worries, anxieties and stresses – and therefore keep us from stress eating, overeating or even mindless eating.
Looking for more weight loss tips from dietitians. Check out this article on Everyday Health.
I hope you have a fabulous Sunday and great start to the week!
We are constantly on-the-go. ALL THE TIME. Most days we have to-do lists that are a mile long and we barely get time to ourselves. And on top of that, our stress and anxiety levels are at an all-time high. But if there’s one thing that I recommend doing daily, it’s meditation. Actually, BECAUSE of all of the above, we need to meditate daily.
Taking time to meditate during the day can be wonderful for our minds and bodies. It helps us to focus on the here and now, and to put our stresses and worries to the side (even if only for a few minutes). Who doesn’t want to decrease their stress levels and increase their happiness?
But finding time to squeeze anything else into our schedule can seem impossible, right?
Trust me, I get it. It’s difficult to take time out of our day to meditate. But what if we just added it to our day without having it replace something else? Do you have 10 minutes during your morning commute when you could meditate? Or while preparing dinner? Or how about on your way to the gym? Or before bed (bonus since it’ll probably help you fall asleep faster!) You don’t have to be laying down or sitting still in order to do it (although it would be ideal).
I’ve tried several meditation apps and below are two of my favorite. Give them a try and let me know what you think.
Have you tried any good apps?
(FYI, this is NOT a sponsored post. I just really enjoy these apps and I think they could be helpful for everyone. All opinions are my own.)
- CALM – I am obsessed with this app right now! It has tons of daily meditations (averaging around 10 minutes each) but my favorite part is the sleep stories. Many people (myself included) have trouble shutting our brains off before bed which can leave us tossing and turning. The sleep stories are perfect to help combat this! Give it a try (there are several free meditations and sleep stories available).
- Buddify – I really enjoy this app because the meditations are grouped according to what you’re doing and/or how you’re feeling. For example, there are meditations designed for when you’re feeling stressed or when you’re travelling. They’re short and easy to fit in throughout your day.
I love to workout. It’s why I made a career of it. BUT there are days when I just don’t feel like doing it. I’d rather stay home and read a book or meet up with friends after a long day at work. It happens to all of us. And sometimes that’s okay. Sometimes we need a day off. But the next time you feel like this, I strongly encourage you to think about who or what you’re working out for. Because that can make all the difference.
Several years ago, I started to “dedicate” my daily workout to someone. It could be anyone. A loved one. A friend. Someone going through a rough time. Someone who was ill and couldn’t workout themselves. When I didn’t feel like working out for myself. I would do it for them. It would get me through the last set or the last mile. It would make me work harder and push further.
So the next time you fall into the “I’m too tired trap”, do it for someone else. And somehow, you’ll likely find yourself sweaty and with a smile on your face at the end of it.