For years I have been searching for the ideal weight loss tips. Something that would suit my laziness and my lifestyle. Yes, I am lazy to a fault and detest exercise. Well, perhaps not so much anymore, but we'll get to that. As I have struggled more in recent years, I decided to devote some of my space here and time to really helping you find the ideal weight loss tips that will help you reach your healthiest self. The result is this. My tips for lazy people like myself.
Ultimate Ideal Weight Loss Solutions For Lazy People
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I am going to break this down into areas that are of interest when you are lazy and looking to lose weight. Most of the focus is going to be on basic health and exercise tips. My goal is to help others like me that are inherently lazy find ideal weight loss tips to really focus on getting healthy. I don't care what the scale or the size of my pants says, I do care about how healthy I am. So, join me in being lazy, while also getting out there to get healthy. Yes, it can happen.
Where to begin for ideal weight loss:
It all begins with the basics. You have to set goals for yourself and know that ideal weight loss isn't going to be easy, but it can be doable - even for the lazy people like myself. I am still on the journey, but I can see changes every day. So, in the past, I have shared tips that I feel are ideal for when you start out.
Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals: This post is all about starting with healthy goals. Also, making sure that you are being realistic. We have all looked at the scale or in the mirror and wanted to drop 20 pounds overnight. The truth is, that isn't a healthy way to go at weight loss, so this post reminds you of all the other goals you can set to make this a healthy journey.
7 Easy Diet Changes That Promote Weight Loss: Let's just call this the baby steps post, shall we? It is all about those things you can change that don't make you drop tons of weight but are healthier options. If you need to lose 5-10 pounds, making these changes can make that happen. If your goal is larger, this is an easy way to jump start changing your mindset about weight loss and a healthy life.
Things That Hinder Weight Loss: I think this is one thing that should be focused on right away. It's so easy to get frustrated when you don't lose weight easily or right away. There are a handful of things in life that really can make a huge difference in how easily you lose. Check these out before you begin.
How Your Job Affects Your Health: Let's face it, work can really hurt. You need to really understand how your job can make you struggle in your health journey. Ideal weight loss comes when you understand all of the obstacles in your way. For me, it's being in a sedentary job that also takes up the majority of my daytime hours.
More tips that can help you get started on the right track:
- Start slowly so you don't overwhelm yourself or get burnt out easily.
- Find a partner to do this with you so you have daily encouragement.
- Start a food and exercise journal and track not just your activity and eating habits, but your moods. This helps you recognize triggers.
- Invest in a fitness tracker like the Fitbit or similar to watch your steps and activity level. Small increases will show and give you encouragement.
- Join a local support group or online group for accountability. Weight Watchers is my favorite, but you might like something like Spark People or just a Facebook group with friends.
Overcoming exercise obstacles in ideal weight loss:
I don't know your story, but you might as well know mine. I have always been a bit overweight, but have had my times where obese was the better term. In years past, I was able to bust my booty and lose easily. Then, a second child, Essure birth control (big mistake), and a severe back problem appeared. Suddenly losing weight wasn't just hard, but nearly impossible. When the pain got really bad, it was even harder to get up and do anything active. So, I had back surgery and that problem was solved, but shortly thereafter, I also had a hysterectomy. That led to insane amounts of hormone related weight gain. So, when it comes to struggling with exercise and frustrating weight gain, I know all about it.
How To Exercise For Beginners: I admit, I hadn't really even considered the notion of exercise until I was an adult. So, understanding the basics was totally new to me. This is a good place to begin if you are lost when it comes to exercise.
How To Exercise When You Have Chronic Pain: As mentioned above, I have had my share of chronic pain issues. So, finding ways to exercise without making the pain worse became important. If this is part of your reluctance when it comes to exercise, these tips will help. I also have some tips for Aerobic Exercises For Chronic Pain that can be useful if you are struggling.
Reasons Core Strength Is Important For Weight Loss: I learned the hard way that having a strong core is vital to your health. It's also vital to ultimate healthy weight loss. Don't miss this post - it explains and helps tons.
Plus Size Workout Routines: I am a big girl. Just because I am big, doesn't mean I don't want to be healthier. Once I overcame my pain issues, exercise became something that even I, as a lazy person, knew I needed to do. These workouts, along with our Plus Size Fitness Training Plan are all easy to do, and they totally appeal to my lazy personality. Trust me, they are great for larger people, and lazy people. Oh, and by the way, being large doesn't always mean lazy.
How To Strength Train Without Gaining Bulk: I have seen it, read it, and rolled my eyes at it. Just because you strength train, or lift weights, doesn't mean you are going to be big and bulky. There are many men and women out there that lift weights and do focused strength training for the purpose of building larger muscles. Their form of training is different than the average person. Check out this post to understand why and how this works.
How To Get Fit Playing With Kids: At the end of the day, I want my healthy habits to teach my son that good health isn't so hard to manage. This post is all about those natural ways we can play with our kids to get healthy while setting a good example for them. That's a win-win in my book.
More tips for getting past exercise hurdles:
- Include movement in everyday things like walking to the mailbox, sitting at your desk, or cleaning your home. A few extra steps and make a big difference over time.
- Invest in an under desk cycle, a walking desk, or a treadmill so you are encouraged to move at home doing your everyday tasks.
- Sign up for a local co-ed sports team for fun. Kickball is great exercise and never taken seriously, so even if you aren't athletic, you can get fit and have fun.
Overcoming food and diet obstacles:
I am really bad at emotional eating. So, having some great ideas for snacks, healthy options, or tips to overcome help a lot. I love these posts for the reminders to stick with the journey and the great options out there that can help you stay healthy even when it is seriously hard to manage.
45 Snacks Under 100 Calories: I just need easy to calculate snacks sometimes. While these don't have the Weight Watchers points calculated, knowing they are 100 calories or less really helps me to feel comfortable including 1-2 a day if I am struggling with being hangry (yes HANGRY), and need something to curb the hunger. If you want the points, SuperPoints are easy to calculate when you use the Weight Watchers Calculator.
50+Weight Watchers SmartPoints Snacks: Bookmark this. You'll thank me later. Tons of snack options with points calculated so you can easily use my favorite diet program to stay on track.
Food Substitutes That Save Calories: I love this list because it reminds me of all the things that I can eat that aren't as bad for me, but that taste delicious. Sometimes, when you are struggling to satisfy a craving without going outside your calorie range, this list is the best place to look.
Food Hacks That Save Money While Staying Healthy: Finances are often the main reason people say they can't get healthy. I get it. Truly, I do. We've had more than our fair share of ramen noodle diet weeks due to strained finances. Even with tips like these, sometimes it is still hard to manage. That said, take a look and see if these will help you make it work. We also have a great post that goes along with this about how to afford to eat healthy.
6 Ways To Eat Healthy On The Go: My Sister, who happens to be a certified nutritional therapist, shared this post with us. She also travels a lot which means she really knows what she is talking about. These tips do make it easier to manage.
6 Tips For Getting Past A Weight Loss Plateau: We've all hit that plateau. It is frustrating and annoying. Jess has some good tips for helping you bust the plateau and start the scale moving downward again. She has done amazingly since her daughter was born, but she, like all of us, has had a few obstacles to overcome. Her tips totally rock.
How To Safely Lose Weight While Breastfeeding: Another great post from Jess. She has been breastfeeding off and on for a few years now, so she totally knows what to do when it comes to losing weight. Ideal weight loss includes your normal everyday activities. Breastfeeding is a big part of life for many moms, so this post is a must read if you are or are planning to breastfeed your babies.
Tips To Lose Baby Weight Easily: Jess shares her personal journey about how hard it can be to lose that baby weight. She gives some great pointers for juggling being a new mom while trying to maintain healthy habits in this post. Definitely, a great place to begin after you have a baby.
5 Ways To Fight Food Cravings On Your Health Journey: Have I mentioned that I am totally an emotional eater? I am. Way too often. All emotions can make me turn to food. So, this post is all about helping to get rid of the food cravings, or in my case, find ways to overcome them.
More tips for the food struggles of your journey:
- Meal plan. Meal plan. Meal plan.
- Don't limit any category of food, but eat in moderation.
- Find alternatives that satisfy without the calories. I love Happy Farms cream cheese dip from Aldi - 80 calories for a 2 tablespoon. I can use this, with a few crackers, and have a 200 calorie snack that is delicious and satisfying.
- Prep snacks in advance. I clean, wash, chop, and prep fruits and vegetables when I get home from the store to make it easy to grab as I want/need throughout the week.
- Start over fresh when you make a mistake. Don't let one bad day or bad week get you down. Just get up and try again.
So, if you are like me and admit to being pretty lazy, this is a good place to start. Ideal weight loss isn't about reaching a specific number on your scale. It isn't about fitting into a perfect little black dress. It's about getting healthy. Yes, larger people tend to be less healthy than smaller people, but that isn't always the case. I won't make excuses for my size, but I will stand behind others and say - "Just because I'm fat doesn't mean I am not trying to be healthy". Join me to learn ideal weight loss tips to help get motivated, overcome obstacles, and get healthy the right way.