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Healthy Weight Loss Tips From Women Who Have Lost 100 Pounds

Healthy Weight Loss Tips From Women Who Have Lost 100 Pounds

If you think losing weight is tough right now, imagine you needed to lose over 100lbs. In actual fact, there’s no shortage of unbelievable weight loss success stories to draw inspiration from.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know, many of them managed to lose weight healthily. Without going under the knife, crash course diets, expensive supplements or magic bullets. Instead, they made realistic lifestyle changes and never gave up.

Wherever you’re starting at now, if these women did it, so can you! Here are 5 real-life case studies to spur you on and 15 personal tips to help you reach your own goals.

Tanisha Shanee Williams (30) From Brooklyn, New York

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    1. Don’t Bring Unhealthy Treats in the House – If don’t have unhealthy snacks within easy reach, it becomes virtually impossible to fall off the bandwagon. This simple act will help free you from terrible temptations.

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    2. Learn How to Spike Your Motivation – It’s normal for motivation to rise and fall. To ensure you always make great progress, you’ve got to spike your motivation when it’s lacking. For example, if you don’t feel like going to the gym, look to your favourite source of inspiration, remind yourself how far you’ve come or play music to get you in the zone!

    Sarah Lugger (36) From Oxford, Michigan

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      3. Go Out For Light Activity At Lunchtime – Eat a light lunch and get out for a stimulating walk every lunchtime. It keeps your metabolism ticking over and boosts digestion, especially if you work an office/seated job. A brief walk in the fresh air for 15-30 minutes every day soon adds up.

      4. Keep Healthy Snacks Close By – For those moments when you’re feeling peckish, grab a handful of healthy fruit, vegetables, seeds or nuts.

      5. Split Larger Meals With Friends – You can lose weight healthily while still going out for dinner on the town once in awhile. One easy trick to prevent overeating is eating a healthy snack before dinner, then share your meal with a friend.

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      Shanna Fichera (28) From Camarillo, California

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        6. Be Realistic and Determined – Your current habits are not helping you get where you need to be so you’ve got to change them. For example, you may love cola and other fizzy drinks, but they are loaded with calories and other nasties that hold you back. Be honest with yourself, swap it for a hydrating glass of water 95% of the time.

        7. Make Small Changes and Stick to Them – Focus on making gradual healthy changes you can stick with for the long run. Consistency is the key, just imagine the opposite of the snowball effect!   For example, slowly swapping out meals/drinks for healthier alternatives, or tapering down portion sizes.

        8. Don’t Be Disheartened By Plateaus – It’s tempting to feel defeated and discouraged when progress stalls. Just remember, it’s your ability to continue during these times that overcome these blips.

        Stephanie Aromando (28) From Sandyston, New Jersey

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          9. Prep and Cook Food in Advance – Often, unhealthy eating habits comes down to convenience. So by prepping your own delicious, healthy meals in advance you can eliminate this excuse forever.

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          10. Boost Your Daily Water Intake – Staying properly hydrated is not only crucial for health, it greatly supports weight loss and appetite control. If it helps, fill a large 1 Gallon jug and make sure it’s finished by the end of the day.

          11. Start Lifting Weights – Cardio certainly has its place, but lifting weights is a great way to lose weight healthily. It keeps your muscles from wasting away and burns far more calories than going for a jog!

          12. Have Cheat Meals Not Cheat Days – In order to sustain a healthy lifestyle, the occasional indulgence is essential. Consider having a cheat meal once or twice per week maximum, but don’t fall into the trap of having a cheat day!

          13. Keep Your Diet Simple – Choose a selection of healthy foods you like and stick with them. Keep a good balance of lean proteins such as chicken, eggs and turkey, complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal and sweet potatoes, healthy fats such as avocados and coconut oil and leafy green vegetables.

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          Alyssa Ann Heidemann (31) From Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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            14. Start Cooking Healthy Meals at Home – You don’t need to become a master chef to cook nutritious, tasty meals at home. Your example, could bake a salmon steak with olive oil, or prepare BBQ style turkey with vegetables. You’ll no longer be trapped by any menu’s healthy options list.

            15. Control Refined Carbohydrate Intake – For every meal, focus on getting protein and healthy fats, then filling up on vegetables. Restricting your intake of refined carbs such as rice, pasta, bread, you’ll greatly reinforce weight loss efforts.

            Featured photo credit: Shanna Fichera via cosmopolitan.com

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            Last Updated on April 2, 2020

            10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

            10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

            Flabby arms are something a lot of us have to tend to. If you find yourself buying a sweater or cardigan to go with your tank top or usually opt for the long-sleeved dress, then you’re not alone. Usually a result of genes, general excess fat or just ageing, it seems difficult to lose arm fat. The fat in our arms accumulates mainly around the triceps – the muscles on the back of your upper arm – and are prone to getting flabby if not exercised regularly.

            What we eat can also play a part in the extent of the jiggle so eating a good, healthy balanced diet as well as keeping well hydrated can put you on the right track. Resistance exercises are the most effective way to blast that underarm fat as well as strengthen, shape and tone your muscles. You can always go down to the gym and work up a sweat but who has time for that? If you want a convenient and quick alternative then you can easily manage an effective routine in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a set of dumbbells and you can start toning up those bingo wings with these 10 easy workouts.

            1. Tricep dips

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              Works: Triceps

              • Hands must be positioned shoulder width apart on a secured chair or bench.
              • Position your bum in front of the bench with feet hip-width apart on the floor and legs bent.
              • Straighten out your arms a little, keeping a slight bend from the elbow so to put more emphasis on the tricep and less stress on the elbow.
              • Keeping your back close to the bench, slowly lower your body so that your arms are at a 90-degree angle.
              • Once in this position slowly push off your hands back to the starting position.
              • Do 10-15 reps.

              2. Bicep curls

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                Works: Biceps and shoulders

                • Start off with your feet hip-distance apart, holding one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out.
                • Starting with your left arm, bend your elbow to slowly bring the weight up to your shoulder holding the position for 5 seconds.
                • Slowly release the elbow and straighten your arm back down to the starting position.
                • Repeat the moves on the right side.
                • Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps for each arm.

                3. Push ups

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                  Works: Triceps and Deltoids

                  • Lying face down, place your hands on the floor roughly shoulder-width apart.
                  • Tuck your toes under and gently lift your body up, pushing through your hands and making sure not to lock your elbows.
                  • Slowly bend your elbows bringing your face roughly 2-3 inches from the ground.
                  • Slowly push back up through your arms. If this is difficult then do the same move but keeping your knees on the floor.
                  • Repeat 10-15 times.

                  4. Tricep Kickbacks

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                    Works: Triceps

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                    • Place a weight in each hand and kneel down onto the floor with your toes tucked under.
                    • Bend your upper body forward from the hips up and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle.
                    • Extend both your arms backwards while your palms are facing each other.
                    • Feel the tension in the triceps and return to the starting position.
                    • Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

                    5. Plank

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                      Works: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps and Core

                      • Start face-down on the floor, resting on your forearms and knees.
                      • Step your feet out so that they are slightly apart and come into the plank position.
                      • Make sure your body is straight, parallel to the floor and your bum is tucked in.
                      • Pull your abs in and hold the position for as long as you can. Try to aim for 20-30 seconds and build up to a minute.
                      • Repeat 3 times.

                      6. Tricep Extensions

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                        Works: Triceps

                        • Stand on a mat with your feet hip-width apart.
                        • Hold one dumbbell with both hands behind your head, bending the elbows.
                        • Bring the weight towards the ceiling, straightening your arms above your head.
                        • Lower back to starting position.
                        • Complete 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                        7. Lateral Arm Raises

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                          Works: Deltoids

                          • Stand with feel hip-width apart. With arms down the side of your body, hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in.
                          • Starting with your left side, inhale and slowly raise your arm so that it’s parallel to the floor. Make sure not to lock your elbow by keeping a slight bend.
                          • Make sure your arm is straight and palm is facing the floor.
                          • Exhale and slowly bring your arm back down to your side.
                          • Repeat on the right side.
                          • Do 10-15 reps on each side and two sets.

                          8. Overhead Press

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                            Works: Shoulders

                            • Stand up, lining your feet with your hips and hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing out.
                            • Bring the weights to your shoulders.
                            • Keep your core muscles tight and straighten your arms above you.
                            • Slowly bring your arms back down to your shoulders.
                            • Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                            9. Bent Over Row

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                              Works: Triceps and Biceps 

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                              • Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
                              • Bend your knees and and then bend your upper body forward from the hips making sure you keep your back nice and straight.
                              • Make sure your hands are straight and placed under your shoulders.
                              • Bend the elbows back while lifting your arms towards the sides of your chest, pulling your shoulder blades towards each other.
                              • Slowly lower the weights in a controlled movement and feel the tension at your triceps.
                              • Repeat 10-15 times.

                              10. Skull Crushers

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                                Works: Triceps

                                • While holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie on your back with your knees bent.
                                • Slowly raise your arms so they are above your chest, making sure your elbows are straight but not locked.
                                • Slowly lower both arms toward your head, bending your elbows to 90 degrees as the dumbbells reach the mat. Aim to lower your weights so they are on either side of your head  with elbows bent and pressing in toward your head (being careful not to hit yourself in the face).
                                • Lift your arms back to starting position.
                                • Complete 2 or 3 sets, 10-15 reps each.

                                Featured photo credit: Maddi Bazzocco via unsplash.com

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