Okay, let me just say that my blog is supposed to be about happiness and not fitness. But why am I going to post something about weight loss? Well, so I can have more page views. Haha. Just kidding (half-meant). I know how lots of people are probably researching about this. I did. That’s why I know the ways, not because I’m an expert. But even though I know I should stick with these “rules”, the more I stress out about it, the less happier I become. It’s like being healthy contradicts with self-love which sounds wrong.
I’ve been here in America for four months now and I just gained 6 pounds (which is not a lot, I know). I still have no job (no work permit yet) and still adjusting with American food products.
How am I going to lose weight without being unhappy? Join me here.
1. Know the formula. Work More + Eat Less = Lose Fat.
Want to eat more? Move more. 🙂 Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk more. Fidgeting is moving. Simple moves like that can add up to the calories you burn. Try to eat food with less calories. This stresses me out most of the time so I just kinda ignore it but yeah, let’s be aware of what we eat.
2. Don’t starve yourself.
It’s okay to eat. You heard the phrase (or sentence), “Too much of anything is bad.”? Just eat anything in moderation. If you’re craving for that donut or cake. Grab a bite. Satisfy your craving. Another thing is it’s better to eat every two hours with small portions than eating a big meal (because of too much hunger). The more you starve yourself, the slower your metabolism gets.
3. Drink lots of water.
This is pretty easy. Just drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. It boosts your metabolism and makes you less hungry. At night, when you feel like you want to have a midnight snack, just drink water. You’re just thirsty.
4. Drink 3-5 cups of green tea a day.
I find this effective. I love green tea because of its benefits but honestly, I hate the taste of it. (But I love the Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino). Anyways, 3 – 5 cups of green tea (not the Frappuccino) makes you burn about 70 calories even without doing anything. The only downside of this for me is, I pee a lot (which is not bad if you’re just at home all the time). So maybe drink all those cups when you’re already home about 30 minutes to an hour after dinner.
5. Get enough sleep.
Don’t be a vampire. Less sleeping time makes you eat more. Enough sleep plays a role in regulating your metabolism. Just research about it. There are a lot of health benefits in sleeping.
6. Eat negative-calorie foods.
This is fun. Fruits and veggies with low calories such as apples, cabbage, lemon, broccoli, etc are said to be negative-calorie foods because when you eat them, you need more calories to burn them than you actually get from them. Google those foods now!
7. Avoid eating fast food and junk food.
One meal of McDonald’s is equivalent to two (or maybe three) of home-cooked meals. But oh well, I understand how yummy the fries are. And oh, how I love Cheetos. And soda? Just a sip will do. If you can’t live with them, just try to eat less. 😛 (Duh.)
8. Exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day.
Remember what Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde? “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Endorphins give you the same feeling as when you eat chocolate and when you’re in-love. But what if I don’t have time to exercise? As they say, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”
9. Avoid too much cardio, get some Strength training, too.
There was I time that I’d really really like to gain muscles. Just because I want to be able to eat more without gaining weight. Haha. Too much cardio make you lose fat but it can also burn down your muscles which is not good. So in the first place, the title of this article should not be about losing weight but losing fat. Sorry. If your weight didn’t change but you’re doing weight training and everything else in this list, then congratulations, you just gained muscle mass.
10. Don’t stress out.
Losing fat is not instant. Stressing out doesn’t help you at all and it might give you the opposite results. Think of the reason why you want to do this. Is it for health reasons? Then, that’s a very good motivation. Want to impress others? Or a lot of people insult you? Whatever you reasons are, I hope you do it for yourself. Do what will make you happy.
- I’m a person with lots of insecurities and writing this article is like hypocrisy. But sometimes, I write these things not only for other people but also as a reminder for myself.
- I’m not the perfect person to testify that these tips are true but I’m pretty sure these are effective, I’m just not able to do them constantly. I don’t have the perfect body but no body is perfect (no pun intended). Anyways. we all have different body types so don’t torture yourself. Know when you’ve done enough.
- I’ll say it again. Do what will make you happy. If eating is what you love, then eat. If looking at the mirror makes you depressed because you think you’re “too fat”, do something about it. If you don’t want to, then just be contented with your body. You look beautiful no matter what, anyway.
So there ya go, either follow my tips on losing fat or be happy with your body. Your choice. 🙂
Any other tips that you know of? Do you also have body insecurities? What do you do to get over them?
Don’t forget to smile. 🙂