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3 Simple Tips to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

3 Simple Tips to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

As the old saying goes, “Slow and steady wins the race.” I highly agree with this, especially when it comes to weight loss. Unless you’re a bodybuilder, fitness model or trying to trim down for a shoot, as a regular everyday person, it is hard to sustain a lifestyle full of restrictions. Most people that lose weight quick and gain it back just as quick. Sometimes they gain more than what they started with.

I spent three years overseas and gained 18kg/39.6lbs in that time. Mainly due to a lot of partying, eating and just enjoying the good things in life while travelling. Another three years later since my return, I am happy to say that I have lost it all, slowly but surely.

I have also managed to travel, party, eat the foods I love and still make progress. It is such a great feeling to be able to find that balance between all of the things I love and still reach my fitness goals. I wanted to share my three top tips on how I was able to achieve this without any crazy diets, restrictions or having to give up anything I enjoyed.

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Consistency

Such a simple thing but most often forgotten. We don’t need to turn into a gym junkie or eat clean every single meal. Great for those that have that type of discipline, but if you’re anything like me, it just isn’t sustainable.

Start with creating one habit that will help you to reach your goals and keep it realistic and consistent. For me, it was hard to go back to the gym when I hadn’t been in years. I started with small baby steps and eventually built it up over time. I went for a walk once a week, which turned to twice a week. Then I started to run once a week. (When I say run, I really went for a jog).

I started to get bored with that so I decided to try yoga once a week as it wasn’t strenuous and was actually good for my busy mind. This eventually led me to joining a boot camp, fitness groups and then hitting the gym every now and again alone. Now I go to the gym six times a week without anyone training me as I am literally addicted. If you keep consistent, the tiniest bit of effort makes a massive difference, it all adds up over time.

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80/20 Rule

I made a YouTube vlog about this, as it is a rule I absolutely live by in all aspects of my life. Some people do 90/10 but to be honest, I’m not that disciplined and I love food and socialising way too much. I love pizza, pasta, white rice (I am Asian after all) and I love having a nice sugary treat. Donut time is my weakness.

The 80/20 rule means to eat well 80% of the time and the other 20% is to eat whatever you want, not to the point of binge eating where your stomach wants to burst and you feel sick you could throw up, but in moderation. In saying this, I have been known to eat a whole pizza to myself every now and again, but I am also training quite hard so I don’t feel bad about it.

I still ate the food I enjoyed but made small tweaks. Instead of normal pasta, I would use high fibre pasta made of vegetables or even the wholemeal alternative. Instead of white bread, I would use wholemeal or rye and instead of white rice, I switched to brown. I still eat white rice though; it’s in my Filipino blood!

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Keep Busy

Sometimes it can feel like a drag having to work out, especially when you are starting to get back into things. Keep yourself busy so you aren’t on the couch eating snacks all day in front of the TV. Get outdoors, go have coffee with friends, take a walk and listen to music.

For me, I love the outdoors so I am forever chasing waterfalls, hitting the beach, hiking and taking in the beauty of nature. I find that when I am lost in the moment, the last thing on my mind is to stuff my face with food.

Find new hobbies. If you’re meeting up with friends, suggest a nice stroll somewhere scenic, go check out some nature hot spots in your area and just get busy living. You may even find that you enjoy it and it keeps you away from eating out of boredom.

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Weight loss is a journey and it doesn’t happen overnight. It would be great if it did but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Any progress is till progress and more often than not, other people will notice the difference before we do.

Aim for a lifestyle that is sustainable and you know you can enjoy. It’s not about the destination, it’s about progress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Every thing starts from the first step, no matter how big or small. Take a moment and think about what you can do that will enable you to reach your goal and just do it. As simple as it sounds, I swear it’s true.

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    Last Updated on October 22, 2020

    The Truth of Rapid Weight Loss: How to Actually Shed Pounds

    The Truth of Rapid Weight Loss: How to Actually Shed Pounds

    “If I drink this supplement, will I lose 40 pounds in two weeks?”

     Another consultation with a new member in the fitness center that I manage, and yet another person that fell prey to the marketing-trap of a supplement company that promised immediate results and rapid weight loss.

    Rapid weight loss is enticing. It speaks to our human nature. It’s unfortunately also a false fantasy of ours.

    The truth is that while you might be able to lose weight in a very short time, it’s practically impossible to keep it off. Here’s why and how you can actually shed pounds sustainably and continuously.

    The Key to Patience

    A mentor of mine once told me bluntly: You can have it all young man. You can be a great salesman and entrepreneur. You can run a successful business. As long as you just refuse to give up.

    Is it that simple? It is.

    I came into a management position at a young age not because I’m the brightest but because I outlasted my colleagues.

    There are a lot of similarities between business and the results in the gym. They just produce different rewards.

    If something isn’t working simply because you don’t have the patience to push through, develop this crucial piece of the puzzle before moving on.

    You can learn more about just how long it takes to build muscle and lose fat here.

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    The Art of Weight Loss

    Weight loss is simple, but not easy.

    It’s not easy because it goes against our nature. We all have to know that our ancestors dealt with much rougher situations than we did. Over millions of years our genome has evolved to store energy in order to prepare for rainy days.

    Only in the recent decades have we gone from scarcity to absolute abundance. The supermarket just around my corner contains ripe fruits from all over the world. Packaged, conserved foods that can be stored in our shelf for years to come.

    While our recently-evolved, self-conscious forebrain is demanding us to keep losing 10 more pounds, our genome is desperately trying to hold on to all of those bits of energy storage, making rapid weight loss nearly impossible.

    Fat cells used to be our friends, and now they’re enemies. (Find out more about the reason why here.) In order to beat them and lose weight, we have to learn to go against nature and trick our genome.

    How to Trick Your Genome

    What if I told you that there is a way to soothe your genome and your brain at the same time? How can we manipulate both of these entities to reach our goals?

    Here’s everything that you need to know about substantial and sustainable weight loss in one sentence: Calories and satiety are not linked.

    We can eat a huge McDonalds meal with thousands of calories but still feel hungry after one hour. We can scoop out some ice cream late at night, and the only time we feel satiated is after we’ve gained 2 more pounds.

    On the other hand, we can eat 1-2 cups of broccoli or spinach and often feel full. What matters is the caloric density and the seven crucial factors influencing satiety.

    7 Parts of Satiety

    Hunger and satiety are sensations. Satiety is the absence of hunger. If we feel satiated, we feel full. If we feel full, we’re more likely to stick to a diet.

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    If calories are not linked to satiety, which factors are? Lucky for us, a study on satiety gave us some answers. The researchers concluded:[1]

    Servings of different foods vary greatly in their satiating capacity.[2]

    Optimize satiety for rapid weight loss

      And the effect of a food on one’s satiety is important, as the satiety heavily influences our future eating behavior. These are the components that played a role.

      Fiber

      Fiber fills up your stomach and speeds up digestion through your small intestine. This means that less macronutrients will get absorbed. Therefore, also less calories.

      Foods containing fiber-entrapped natural sugars produced the highest satiety scores in the whole study. If you want to feel full, start taking in more fruits and vegetables.

      Sensory Information

      Studies have shown that our sensory information can play a huge part in our satiety and rapid weight loss. We’re primed to seek a variety of foods, but if we routinize the habit of eating the same foods during our eating breaks, satiety might come earlier.[3]

      Water

      If a food contains more water, it will naturally also be less calorie dense. Not only that, but the increased water content also fills up our stomach more, boosting feelings of satiety.

      Protein and Carbohydrates

      Protein and (good) carbohydrates seem to have great satiating effects. Both of these macronutrients can, therefore, help you lose fat more easily. However, stay away from fatty products, as fat was inversely correlated with satiety. Fat also contains nearly double the calories.

      Plate Size

      The bigger the plate size, the more calories you will consume, which will slow you down on the road to rapid weight loss.[4] This may seem obvious, but many people eat far more than they should simply because they fill up a plate that’s bigger than a normal portion size.

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      Amount of Fat Cells

      Our fat cells, scientifically called adipocytes, release a hormone called leptin. Leptin levels are significantly higher in obese individuals. When we start dieting, our leptin level goes down fast—too fast. It’s an indication to our brain that we’re starving.

      We suddenly feel hunger, have reduced motivation, and burn less calories at rest. This means that if we’re overweight, our body wants to keep us like that.[5]

      Serotonin

      Do you ever wonder why chocolate is so addictive? This tasty, dark food is releasing serotonin in our bodies to the same extent as cigarettes. This explains why stress often causes weight gain.

      They crave that good-feeling neurotransmitter that gets released in our brains. This means that the less stress we have and the better we feel, the more satiety we will experience.[6]

      The Next Steps

      “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln

      It’s time that we start thinking about long-term weight results when it comes to weight reduction. We have to realize that if we use the dieting approach to rapid weight loss, we’re losing both muscle and fat mass.

      This means that every time we start a diet, it gets harder, not easier.

      It’s therefore absolutely crucial that we start with the end in mind. We have to start a diet that is sustainable for months to come. There are three ways to do that:

      1. Focus on Satiety

      While a calorie deficit is important, we also have to focus on staying full. If our brain thinks we’re starving, our diet is doomed to fail.

      If we fight against our genome, we enter a war we can not win. If we fight against our genome, we enter a war we can not win. Eat high protein foods while avoiding processed foods. This will get you started.

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      2. Add Weightlifting and Cardiovascular Training to Your Schedule

      Weightlifting and cardio can improve the ratio of lost fat and muscle mass and keep us healthy. Increased muscle mass will also make it easier to keep off the weight, as it increases our caloric need.

      You can learn more about why cardio is so good for you in this article.

      3. Add Incremental Changes

      A diet shouldn’t necessarily be a diet. It should be a long-term dietary change for the better. We lay the groundwork to our dieting success by beginning with the end in mind.

      Try making one small change to your diet each week to avoid shocking your body and mind. As you work incrementally, you’ll train your body to adjust slowly and sustainably.

      Conclusion

      Rapid weight loss is a false fantasy. There’s no supplement that will help you lose 40 pounds in 2 weeks.

      It’s practically impossible to keep the weight off long-term if you do this because the dietary switch was never sustainable in the first place.

      Instead of focusing on short-term results, we should pay special attention to long-term habit change to get us to a healthy weight and more balanced levels of body fat.

      Weight loss is a trojan horse. We might expect superficial results like an improved reflection in the mirror, but if we begin with the end in mind and focus on long-term habit change, it affects multiple components of our existence and can lead to a better quality of life overall.

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