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1 – There is food at home!!!I am always buying food and drinks and snacks regardless if I packed food from home or not. I am currently in midterm season so I know it is part of my stress eating. Although a lot of people don’t believe me, I have managed to reduce the amount I buy but there is always room for improvement. Lately, I have been packing heaps of snacks from home: almonds, capsicum sticks, protein bars, oatmeal bars, weet-bix, cereal and more. I notice that I like to constantly snack on something when I am studying. So I pack snacks that are high in volume but low/moderate in calories.
2 – Be mindful of your drinksWhen I calorie count I realize that a lot of my calorie intake is actually from drinks. From coffee with milk to fruit juices to soft drinks. It all adds up. When I clean up my diet, I cut out all fruit juices and any other culprits in my diet with a major exception of coffee. I personally am an all or nothing type of person and in being that type of person I cut out drinks that increase my calorie intake. I am not saying that you should cut out drinks. I really think that you should limit high-calorie drinks or simply swap out for other drinks. Like swap for skim milk in your coffee rather than full cream milk or take the plunge and jump straight to a long black. Another example would be to swap soft drink for soda water or mineral water then swap that for infused water then swap that out for plain water. There are many ways we can all make little changes that in fact make a big difference. Every little thing counts.
3 – Balanced MealsWhenever I am trying to lose weight/clean up my diet, I am making sure I have a source of protein, carb, and fat in each meal. This took me forever to get my head around and I am still trying to get my head around the idea of counting macronutrients. I have a tracker but it comes down to being able to stick to the certain macronutrient requirements you have. It is different for everyone and it is different from time to time. There are so many factors to the number of macronutrients you need. If you do wish to start tracking these numbers I STRONGLY suggest you consult a professional before doing so.
4 – SleepEver since I started to do late nights (since I was in year 7 aka 12 years old) I have been able to figure out how much sleep I need to function properly without any caffeine. For me, it is 7-9 hours of sleep. I notice that the less sleep I get the longer the day gets (obviously), the more I want food and the more hard it is to stay on track. Sleep is literally the best thing ever. I strongly suggest that if you are trying to lose weight that you try to get in those hours of sleep so that you can recover, rest and recharge for the next day.
5 – Stick to my rulesI have set myself so many rules that I personally follow fairly strictly; regardless of what others think. I stick to these self-set rules as much as possible. I notice that the days that I don’t follow these rules, I feel very sluggish and bloated. Basically, I feel like a potato bed worm person thing. All I really have to say is that if you wish to do 30 minutes of exercise every day or drink more water or incorporate more vegetables then do it. If you tell yourself that you want a certain thing then stick to it.. These are literally the only 5 things that I do to clean up my diet:
Literally 5 minutes ago, a friend and I went to a cafe to grab a caramel slice. I absolutely love caramel and chocolate and basically anything sugary. I stuck to my rules and did not get one (my friend did; nothing wrong that). I then processed with drinking a heap of water and had some coffee (a few sips of my morning coffee; I try not to finish my morning coffee straight away and try to drink it slowly throughout the whole morning). It is currently about 12pm, I am peckish so I am eating a whole bunch of almonds. I prefer to have a late lunch to reduce my late-night snacking habitsI can say that I feel so so proud of myself for turning down a caramel slice. Not only did I save those 4 or so dollars but I also saved a heap of calories. On top of that, I won’t have to ‘undo’ that high sugar content later. Disclaimer: Under no circumstances am I a professional so if you do start to workout or a food plan make sure to consult with a professional before starting. You are perfect the way you are and in writing this series I am not trying to say that everyone needs to work out or be on a food plan. The final say really comes down to your health, needs, wants and most importantly you. If you don’t what to workout or go on a food plan then don’t; as long as your doctor or nutritionist clears you.
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