Over the course of my years, I’ve heard many, many tips from people who were trying to lose weight.
I’ve decided to collect them all in one useful, easy article, and try to tell you what my friends have told me over the years that has worked for them.
Keep in mind, all of these tips are from real people who have lost more than 50 pounds.
That doesn’t happen overnight, but as one of the tips says, if you are patient and stay on your course, the results will follow.
Here are 20 tips I think everyone can try to lose weight.
Keep the Water Flowing
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they try to lose weight is to forget to drink water.
Just by drinking more water, and switching to water as an alternative to sugary drinks and sodas, you can lose up to 10 pounds in few months.
Drink water as often as possible, but do not overdo it.
Starting the day with a glass of fresh water is the best beginning of your day, so keep the water flowing.
Keep a Journal
It might sound like a complex task, but I’ve got a friend that wrote everything that she was eating.
You will be surprised just how much you are eating.
You do not know everything that goes inside your mouth until you write it down.
Once you start keeping a journal, you will find patterns and things you can exclude from your diet that will help you lose weight.
Similar to keeping a journal, counting calories is another boring, irritating and tedious job.
However, someone has to do it, and it is very effective for losing weight.
What you should aim is to consume fewer calories than what you are burning.
If you are burning 2000 calories per day (which is possible mind you), the simple equation commands you should eat fewer than 2000 calories.
If you think you can lose 50 pounds in one month, you should better stop reading this article and opt for some surgery as liposuction.
But I warn you, while it looks like easy and fast way to lose weight, it is also one of the most expensive, and truth be told, not as effective as you might think.
Yes, in some cases it is needed.
But as with everything else in life, results come to those who are patient enough to wait for them.
Watch Your Portion Size
Truth be told, in the last several years, portion sizes have gotten out of our control.
We have started to consume extremely large portions of food, eating more than what we need.
Now, I know that measuring your portions sounds dumb and silly, but at least try to control the size of your portion.
You do not want a large dish for every meal.
Sometimes, you can survive with a small dish. Believe me, I know as I have tried.
Forget the Word “Diet”
The word “diet” is the most controversial word in the past several years.
You do not need to “do diet”. Diet is a way of life, a lifestyle that fits your needs.
What you want to do is a lifestyle change, not starting a diet.
There is no beginning and end date, there is no end date and restrictions to your diet, it is just a change of lifestyle into eating healthier food.
That is when you start to get results.
A cheat meal and a skipped day here and there is all right, but try to be as consistent as possible in your goal to lose weight.
It can happen to the best of us. We all make mistakes.
However, successful people try to be consistent in their goals at least 90% of the time, which is what you should aim as well.
The bare minimum is 80% of the time, but if you can get to 90%, even better.
Think of exercise and healthy eating as brushing your teeth, or some other everyday routine and ritual you have.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
As I told you, everyone make mistakes. Eventually, you are going to mess something up.
However, that is not a reason to beat yourself up. Get back on track, and do not wait until tomorrow.
Once you make a mistake, try to fix it as soon as possible.
Planning, and More Planning
I know some people want to be as spontaneous and natural as possible, but it takes some planning in order to lose weight.
Mistakes happen when there is no plan. Start with simple things, like planning what you will eat today.
When you plan your meals in advance, there is a smaller risk of opting for some unhealthy meal.
It is all in the Small Changes
You’ve probably heard the quotation “Small things make perfection, but perfection is not a small thing”.
When it comes to losing weight, small changes help the most.
One small change can lead to another small change, and when you combine them all, the result is astonishing.
For example, start by switching your sugary snacks with a healthy snack like nuts and/or seeds.
Exercise, Exercise, and More Exercise
One of the biggest lies diets tell you is that just by sticking to some diet you can lose weight.
That is partly true. I know that I sound like hypocrite by sometimes supporting some diets, but I always tell that a diet is effective as long as it is accompanied by an exercise plan.
So, get active. You need some physical activity if you want to lose 50 pounds.
I know you can lose 50 pounds by starving yourself with some diet, but once you start eating, the pounds will come back.
One of the biggest mistakes people do when they try to lose weight is that they are constantly fooling themselves with excuses like “I’ll start from Monday”.
No, the moment you say I’ll start from tomorrow is a moment too late.
Look at your Surroundings
Whether we like to admit it or not, we are influenced by the people that are in our surrounding.
That is why you need to surround yourself with positive people, people who will have positive impact on you, people who will push you to achieve your goals and limits.
If someone in your environment is affecting you in a negative way, it is time to let him/her go.
You not only need to surround yourself with positive people, but also stay positive yourself.
Sometimes, you might not reach your weekly or monthly goal. But that doesn’t need you should beat yourself up.
Stay positive, and keep a positive mindset.
Stop Making Excuses
If you think that your friend or someone else, something else is the reason why you are not losing weight, you will never lose weight.
The only person responsible for you losing weight or not is you.
So, stop making excuses, and be honest with yourself.
Do It for Yourself
When I hear friends telling they want to lose weight because their partner told them so, or someone else told them so, I want to vomit.
Literally. The only person because you want to lose weight for is YOU.
Make yourself the priority for losing weight, not the pressure that comes from other people or society.
Successful people make things for themselves, not because someone else told them to.
Do Not Look for Perfection
If you want to be perfect, you are setting yourself up for a failure.
Being perfect is a misconception, an illusion.
Nobody is perfect. Even those who seem to be perfect, have some flaws.
So, do not try to be perfect, but try to be your best. And of course, you should strive for perfection.
Learn Something New
When it comes to losing weight, the answer to most questions lies in the “whys” of everything.
You need to educate yourself, and learn why something needs to be done.
Always look to understand the purpose of things, what lies behind everything.
Learn the “whys”, and you will know why nutrition and fitness are important and how they work.
Keep a Relationship with Your Food
It might sound childish and funny, but when you are trying to lose weight, one of the first things you need to do is discover your relationship with food.
Why you eat something? Why you like something? What are some of the negative things in your food regime?
The answers will help you!
Do Not Give Up!
I cannot stress this enough. Those who fail, are the ones who quit.
I will quote Michal Jordan here, the greatest basketball player of all time.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
The lesson here is that when you fail, you need to get back on the track, not give up. Keep moving forward, and the results will come.