Gaining weight / fat can make you feel really terrible. One thing you should absolutely not do is feel sorry for yourself and give up. Honestly, it happens to pretty much everyone in their lives. And usually afterwards, you come out on top! So get determined to change and get back to your usual self. Here are some tips to help you if you have gained weight.
1. Why do you really want it
Take some time to think about why you really want this. Having a why will give you that extra motivation. Once you have your why, set yourself a small goal. Write down your reason and goal somewhere that you can see it (even if it’s just on your phone) and so that you can refer to it in times of need.
2. Take progress photos
I know this one sounds a bit silly, but having photos to track your progress is honestly so motivating! Most people don’t actually release how much progress they’ve made until they look back at photos. It will make you realise that you are making changes, even if sometimes you don’t feel like you are. Take a photo of yourself (nobody has to see it) and then take another one on the exact same day in 2 weeks time. Take photos every fortnight. You will be more determined to stay on track if you know that you are doing regular photos.
3. Think about what causes you to fail
Why is it that you fall off the bandwagon? What is your biggest culprit? Is it because you get lazy and skip your workouts in the cold weather? Or do certain situations cause you to binge eat? When you know the reason you can do something to change it, and you are less likely to have this issue and fall into the same trap. Take some time to do this because it will help you!
4. Clean out your fridge/cupboards
OK any junk food you have in your house, throw it out right now. Ice cream, biscuits, cereal, ANYTHING! Check out my previous blog post on things you should not buy, and throw out all of those things too. If there are any foods that you know cause you to binge eat, they should be gone too, even if they’re healthy. If you don’t have the bad food in your house, you are less likely to eat it! This is a must.
5. Prepare your food on the weekend
Being prepared will go along way to keeping you on track and really having long term success. I know it’s a bit of an effort, but spend time on the weekend planning out your meals for the upcoming week, doing your grocery shopping, and then doing some meal prep. I like to prepare something for lunches for the week (usually I’ll make leftovers of Sunday night’s dinner that will serve as lunches). I also like to make something healthy to have as snacks during the week.
Discuss your goals with a friend or partner. Let them know that you are trying to lose weight and that you have a set goal in mind. That way they can support you when you feel like you need it. It will keep you accountable and will hopefully keep you extra motivated to reach your goal! You never know, they may have a similar goal and you can work toward it together.
7. Schedule workouts
Make workouts a top priority. Until you have reached your goal, they should come before anything else (within reason). If you have dinner plans with your girlfriends, get up early and fit your workout in before work. Do everything you can to not miss a workout. At the start of the week, write down every workout that you will do in your calendar, and stick to it. Tick them off as you do them to make you feel accomplished.
I hope these tips have helped you! If you need extra motivation with a workout and nutrition program, check out my ebooks xx