3 Simple Ways To Improve Energy & Lose Weight
Another Monday comes and goes..
Another new diet perhaps beginning?
I genuinely wish you nothing but success with it if it's your first attempt at it!
But, if it's perhaps more than your first, second or even third attempt at sticking to a plan that'll keep you on track, or if you're coming of the back of yet another attempt at it, that didn't end well, then stick around.
Let's simplify it a little?
Here's a little checklist that anybody could hit on any day, without any stresses or worries of coming unstuck.
These aren't glamorous..
They are effective though.
Try not to think too far ahead either.
Stick to this for a week or two to begin with, and not only will your confidence grow from sticking to something consistently, you'll also see yourself getting closer and closer to your body goals..
1. Glass Of Water At Every Meal
"Water" the chances that this one would be first....
I'm pretty sure it isn't hard to scroll a social media feed and see someone posting about how important this is.
Not to overly worry about how much you're drinking to the exact millilitre, at least not now. It's about gaining momentum.
For now, just aim to have a bottle or a glass within reach every time you experience the ultimate blessing that is sitting down to enjoy a meal.
Staying hydrated will see your energy stay where it needs to be, and help you towards a satisfying level of fullness afterwards too.
2. Something Green At Every Meal
No.. jelly beans, jelly babies, haribo & skittles don't count....
Kidding aside, try ensuring you have something green alongside or mixed with all of your meals for the day.
The nutrients that these foods contain can help with all sorts. Including providing you with some of the most essential nutrients that can help strengthen your immune system and keep you healthy & fighting fit!
In terms of helping you to lose weight, a lot of greens will contain decent amount of Fibre, a nutrient that can help to slow down and improve digestion. Leading you to feeling a lot more satisfyingly full afterwards, lessening the chances that you'll be searching for any biscuits or crisps later in the day.
3. Protein At One Meal Per Day.
Just kidding. You can surely see the trend by now. We want protein at every meal.
From some nicely cooked meat or a beautifully whipped up omelette..
To some of the more veggie friendly options like kidney beans, chickpeas, peanuts & almonds.
You can do a lot for your energy levels and weight loss goals by making an effort to consume adequate amounts of protein.
The exact number and amount? Probably not all that important right now. The main thing is by including a roughly palm sized serving at every meal, you'll be more than likely getting enough for that day.
It'll again, help with fullness, but more importantly is needed for your muscles when it comes to recovery. If we're actively trying to lose body fat, the last thing we want is to see any muscle breakdown. You'll see a drop in the scales no doubt, but also a drop in your energy levels.
In reality, it's most likely body fat we want to see the back of, and making sure you have regular servings of protein throughout the day, is one of the first places I'd ever start in making sure that is the case.
This is it..
I wanted to make it as simple as I could.
The common misconception around anything that resembles "dieting", is that we need to somehow go big.
Weighing out food, tracking every calorie, cycling our carbs..
There's a time and a place for all of that.
For now, and especially when you're struggling to actually stick to any of these more intense "diets", give this checklist a go.
Challenge yourself to tick off all 3 of these things for the next 10-14 days!