The initial weigh-ins for Columbus's Community Weight Loss Challenge will begin in one week's time. This week is the perfect time to create a game-plan for your team. While these tips and strategies are meant specifically with the Challenge in mind, they still pertain to those looking to lose weight for themselves.
Talk to your doctor. When embarking on any weight loss plan, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or you are planning a strenuous diet or exercise plan.
Explore your schedule. On The Biggest Loser, contestants have the entire day to work out. For most of us, that is quite impossible. However, we can usually make time to exercise with just a little sacrifice. Most gyms are open early enough that we can wake up a bit earlier and work out before work and late enough that we can find an hour in the evening to exercise. Use this week to determine what works best for you and your schedule.
Fit fitness into your day. Making small changes in how you act through the day can help add to your weight loss. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator wherever possible. On your lunch breaks, eat a small meal then take a walk for the remaining time. Park in the far end of parking lots. These small changes won't lead to big results by themselves, but they will help keep your activity levels higher.
Think about your snacks. Cutting meal size to cut calories can often leave us hungry. Snacking is not the enemy of weight loss, but you have to snack smartly. Fresh fruit and vegetables are among the best choices for snacking. Pair up some vegetables with a small amount of hummus for a satisfying and healthy option. Nuts can be an excellent snack as well, but pre-portion these snacks as they can be calorie dense.
Remember your balance. Low-carb diets seem all the rage sometimes, but studies indicate they are no better than low-fat diets for weight loss. The human body evolved to use protein, carbohydrates, and fats, and it needs all three to operate efficiently. The trick is to get these needed nutrients without exceeding your calorie budget. Be sure to read future installments to learn about some excellent foods that will help you do this!