7 Tips for Weight Loss that Worked for Me

You are beautiful just the way you are. However, sometimes the number on the scale just gets in the back of our minds and starts getting us worried. If you are struggling with weight loss, these tips might help you like they helped me.

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Before reading this, just take a moment to remember that you are beautiful. No matter your weight. Weight is just a number. It doesn’t determine who you are or how beautiful you are. I need you to remember that. DO NOT let yourself get obsessed with it.

On the other hand, I understand getting worried about it from time to time. Also, trying to get fit is an important part of being healthy. So, the first thing to do is to find out what is your ideal weight. No, that’s not just thinking about what you would like your weight to be.

If possible, consult a doctor to get an accurate answer to that question. However, there are also weight calculators online that estimate your ideal weight and body mass index (like this site). Keep in mind, those calculators are not necessarily accurate.

My weight loss progress

You might remember that I mentioned a while back in our “Calorie Counter App: MyFitnessPal Review” that considering my gender, height, and age, I was just a pound away from crossing over to the overweight side, weighing 141 pounds. And even though I didn’t want to let that affect me too much, I did want to do something about it. I had lost 5 pounds in one month when I wrote that post.

Today, 9 months later, my current weight is 121 pounds! And I have been able to keep the weight off. I know some people lose that amount in less time with other methods, but I have found that this is what works for me.

Here’s what I did!

[Please note, I am not an expert in weight loss, fitness, or nutrition. These are just some tips that have helped for my own weight loss progress. Do your research and speak to your doctor to make sure these tips are right for you.]

Smaller portions

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I believe this is what started the real progress. In fact, eating less started out as my main goal. I realized I was frequently overeating, specially junk food, and I had to slow it down. To be honest, I wasn’t able to do that on my own, even though I tried. What helped me get control of what I ate and how much of it I ate was counting calories. I used the app from the post I mentioned before, MyFitnessPal, and it helped me set a goal and be consistent with it. If you are interested in doing something similar, check out the review I made

If you have the kind of willpower to stop you from eating big portions of everything, without the help of an app, then good for you! (I wish I did too!)

Remember, DON’T skip meals. Just limit your portions.

Choose water

In order to keep my calorie intake low, I started avoiding any other drink that wasn’t water. Without even realizing it, I was drinking a lot of water throughout the day, which is a great way to stay hydrated and energized, all while helping our digestive system and cleansing our bodies from toxins.

Eat better snacks

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Snacks are actually important to keep our metabolism going. But if you choose a slice of fudge chocolate cake, a sugary donut, or a bag of Doritos, then no, that’s not helping anyone. This was (and still is) hard for me, but I tried my best to eat more fruits and choose snacks with lower calories or carbs. I mean, I wasn’t willing to give up on chocolate or anything like that! And a lot of times I was a little bit too indulgent. Of course, I’m not perfect, unhealthy snacks are delicious and it’s hard to say no to them  . But I did my best to keep all snacks within my calorie goal for the day.

Get active

I admit, this is the hardest tip of all, at least for me! This wasn’t even my main way for weight loss, because I knew it would take a lot more time and effort if I didn’t control my eating first. I am still working on making it a routine to go to the gym at least three times a week, but I haven’t been able to remain consistent. What motivates me most about exercising is thinking that, by burning calories, I will be able to eat more of the stuff I like! (That may not make a lot of sense but it’s what makes me get up and workout, haha!)

What I can recommend is to get a friend to go running or do aerobics with you. Making it a commitment will help you get results faster! If you don’t have time to exercise, at least make some positive changes like taking the stairs instead on the elevator, or walking to places that are nearby, instead of driving there.

For more ideas on how to get active, check out this previous post: Let’s Just Get Moving!

Make it fun

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If you are looking at weight loss like it’s too overwhelming, you’ll probably give up quickly. Make it something entertaining to you. Like I mentioned, I used a calorie counter app to control my eating habits, but I actually kept using it because it was sort of entertaining to me; I don’t know, it kept me busy and I sort of liked that.

Also, exercising doesn’t have to be only about getting on a treadmill for 2 hours. Go dancing with your friends! Go swimming, or hiking, or play a sport you like. Take a salsa dancing class with your boyfriend or girlfriend for your next date night! Think outside the box and make it fun for yourself. To me, that’s the only way to keep going. Otherwise I would have given up a long time ago.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

If you love eating, and you get on a fruit-only diet, for example, you’ll probably be miserable and you’ll throw in the towel. Give yourself a cheat day, or one delicious snack a day, or something like that. For example, I have to admit, I’m a pizza addict. I would not survive without pizza! So that’s one thing I never ruled out of my eating habits. I did, however, limit the quantity and frequency.

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Another important thing is to not beat yourself up. It is normal to not see results quickly. Making yourself feel guilty is a dangerous habit that could lead to eating disorders. Avoid it at all costs. Don’t be mean to yourself. Try to learn to love your body even if it’s not perfect. Applaud yourself for having the courage to make a change, because that alone is an accomplishment, and celebrate your progress.

Be determined

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Nothing gets done if you are not determined. Set realistic goals and do your best to accomplish them. Write down your plan to make a real commitment. Use our Free Printable Project Planner Page or our Free Goal Planning Worksheet! The truth is, weight loss is not an easy task. It takes a lot of effort and a whole lot of patience. But with enough determination, it is definitely possible. You can do it!

I know these tips are not exactly secrets, or anything special. But since I found them very effective for my own weight loss process, I wanted to share them with you and make this motivational post to help you reach your goals

Last but not least, I repeat, you are beautiful no matter what ♥ SO LOVE YOUR BODY EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!

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