Bonny’s 7 Tips To Slim Down In 15 Days
Hello and welcome to Skinny Bonny. My name is Bonny (duh) and to begin my journey in fitness blogging, I am going to share with you my “7 Simple Tips to Help You Lose More Weight” report.
I’m a normal person just like you.
Yep, I’m not a doctor or health professional. I’m just someone who has worked hard, consistently, to stay in shape and stay healthy. I don’t have a six pack and I’m not “Mrs. Muscles”, but I’m on my weight loss and better health journey and moving closer to my goals every day.
I’m currently 36 years old. Ever since I got out of the corporate world a few years ago, it’s been a real challenge to stay in shape.
It seems as if I can just LOOK at food and gain weight. I have to work extra hard to keep those unwanted pounds off. I’ll be the first to admit that I love to eat and I do have a few bad eating habits that I am changing.
I’ve been fortunate to have some great friends and mentors who are in OPTIMAL health. These friends have shared lots of great tips to help me out. I’ve also read a lot of great books on health and wellness and try to learn new weight loss tips on a regular basis.
Now, some of these weight loss tips might be common sense to you. I’ve also found that just because something is common sense doesn’t mean that people will do it!
Listed below, I just want to share seven simple things you can do to drop some extra pounds. They are listed in no particular order.
Drink More Water
Did you know that the human body is nearly 60% water? Most people are extremely dehydrated. They drink so much coffee, soda and juice, but not enough water. From what I’ve read online the average person should drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. That boils down to 8, 8-ounce cups.
How much water do you drink a day? One of the best things you can do is track how much water you drink every day for a week. Write down how much water you drink each day and when you drink it. You might be surprised at what you find.
Another benefit of drinking a lot of water is that you will feel full. Even drinking a cup of water before each meal will make a huge difference in how hungry you feel and how much you eat.
The bottom line is to drink more water, minimum 64 ounces per day. Here’s a link to a CNN article that also backs this tip.
Eat Less Salt
From what I read online 2000 milligrams is the most amount of salt you want to eat each day. Excessive salt intake can lead to kidney disorders, hypertension, osteoporosis, dehydration, digestive issues, abnormal heart development, hormone issues and much more. It can also keep you bloated!
If there was one thing you should definitely limit in your diet (other than refined sugar) I
would suggest it would be SALT.
If you eat out at fast food restaurants or even at sit down restaurants you will quickly discover that lots of their food is high in sodium. In addition, crackers, chips, and many other processed foods are also high in sodium. Just read the food label and you will see what I am talking about.
Do your best and try to cut out sodium in your diet or at least reduce it significantly if you want to lose weight. Here’s a ‘ geek link ‘ for further reading.
Never Skip Breakfast
You probably know that breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day! Studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, eating breakfast gives you the nutrients you need so you can think clearly throughout the day.
Even though most people know they should eat breakfast every day, many people still DO NOT do it. They are so rushed in the morning, or they don’t feel hungry yet, so they skip breakfast. Or even worse, they have a soda or coffee to give them their caffeine boost on an empty stomach.
Even if you are rushing to work, or running late, bring an apple, some fruit, some oatmeal, whole wheat toast with a banana, or something healthy to take with you to eat for breakfast. The bottom line is don’t miss breakfast, EVER!
Never Go More Than Four Hours Without Eating
This is another important tip for losing weight. Most people have been taught to eat three big meals per day. However, lots of medical professionals recommend that you graze throughout the day, just like cows do. From what I’ve read online, you should snack on something healthy every few hours so your body never goes into hunger or starvation mode.
When you go to work, bring some healthy snacks with you, such as fresh fruit. That way you always have something healthy to snack on. Avoid the vending machine at all costs and don’t wait to eat until you are starving. If you only eat when you are starving, you will end up pigging out and eating way more than you should.
Cut Out the Liquid Calories
This one is a biggie folks. Many people consume most of their daily quota of calories through
sugary drinks such as soda and juices and energy drinks. These drinks are typically not good for you at all. They have so much sugar in them that you will get a sugar high and then crash a few hours later. Don’t believe me? Do yourself a favor and read the label on that soda or fruity drink or energy drink and see how many calories it has in it!
If you’re trying to lose some weight I would suggest you cut out these liquid calories! Replace these drinks with good old water and you can’t go wrong! Here’s a link to a research that proves this tip.
Go out to Eat Less Often
Now, I don’t know about you but whenever I go out to eat I end up eating WAY more than I should. The portions are larger, the food tastes great and it’s just easy to eat more. The biggest challenge I have when I go out to eat is that there isn’t a lot of healthy choices. In addition, the portions are HUGE. It’s easy to end up eating way more than we should.
If you are going to go out to eat make sure that you find a healthy choice. Order a salad, a small appetizer or cut your portion in half and bring the other half home with you! Don’t be tempted and consume an entire day’s calories in one meal.
Keep a Food Journal
One of the best tips I can give you for losing weight is to keep a food journal. One of my friends taught me about the importance of doing this so I tried it out for a few days. I have to tell you that it was a very eye opening experience.
What I learned is: I ate A LOT of food every day. In fact, I had no clue to how much food I consumed in a day. Between my snacking and meals I was probably consuming at least TWICE of what I should have been doing. I also learned that a lot of my eating was from boredom and bad habits. Sometimes I ate because there was nothing else to do.
What’s great about keeping a journal is you can increase your awareness and you can hold yourself accountable to eating healthy. If you’ve never tried keeping a food journal before, I would highly recommend it.
BONUS TIP 8
As a special bonus tip, I would tell you to drastically reduce your refined sugar intake! The major problem with sugar is that it is EMPTY calories. Yes, it tastes great but it has NO NUTRITIONAL value. Sugar can alter your pH levels causing an acidic body! It can lead to diabetes and weight gain. Lots of foods are loaded with refined sugar so make sure you read the food label.
I hope you have enjoyed this simple post about losing weight doing the most simple, basic things. I kept it short and simple for a reason. Hopefully, you will take action (and not delay it like I did initially).
Take at least one tip from this list and implement it in your lifestyle. Do it for a week until it becomes a habit and then implement another tip!