10 Tips for Weight Loss at Home (Easy) | Video
Last year I realised that I’m not happy with my appearance and the unhealthy lifestyle I was leading. I didn't want a quick fix, I wanted long-term lifestyle change and lean, fit and strong body. Since then I managed to lose 10 kg/22lbs (and still losing) naturally and in a healthy way without diets and personal trainer. When I started this journey I didn’t know what to eat and how to exercise to shape my body the way I wanted. I spent hours and hours of educating myself and trying what works best for me. In the video below I’m giving you 10 easy tips that I follow, which I believe will be helpful for you too and in the post I will share some more details, the mistakes I made (so you can avoid them) and a little bit more about my journey.
I’ve never considered myself as fat, actually I hate this word and I think we shouldn’t use it all (but that’s another story). I was just never confident or in love with my body completely. I would always buy smaller size jeans simply because I was thinking “I will lose weight soon.” I grew up in a country where everyone is super skinny and being curvy or different in any way was very tough. When I was at school, few kids used to bullied me by calling me offensive nicknames, one of them I remember until today - “Syrian ball“. Even when I was a teenager I used to hear people calling me fat, saying that I have to lose weight, that skinny would suit me better and having lean and taller older sister woudln’t help. Someone actually asked me once “So how come you’re sisters, one is skinny and tall and the other one… well you know what I mean.” I can quote these sentences after so many years because they’re still in my ears and in my head. And I can’t lie they did get into my heart too. The more they were bullying me, the more I was eating and the less I was liking my body.
Looking back I must admit that my biggest problem was thinking that food can solve my problems. How many of you do the same? Every time when I was upset, nervous or even little bit sad I will try to cheer myself up with some tasty food. Even when I was happy I felt like I have to celebrate with some nice meal or at least a dessert. I have a feeling that people who were born skinny and can eat everything without gaining weight think that the curvy ones are lazy and greedy, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes you don’t know how harmful the food you eat is, or you are too depressed and demotivated to exercise and sometimes that person simply cannot afford to eat healthy or to purchase gym subscription.
Another thing which I’ve always found wrong is the fact that people think the only way to lose weigh is starving or eating a little bit. Every single time when I check the Instagram page or website of a personal trainer all I can see is them eating chicken, veggies, peanut butter and occasionally fruits. I even paid a personal trainer to create meal plan for me, which I never followed simply because it was too restricting. Baked apple for breakfast, lentil soup for lunch and turkey with cucumbers for dinner? Seriously? I ate twice as much and I lost 10 kg! I said it in the video and I am saying it once again. Your body needs everything, it needs fat, carbs and even sugar. So don’t restrict yourself! Instead cook at home with fresh ingredients, avoid fried and fast food, also packaged food that has preservatives and artificial colours. But don’t go to extremes, eating only chicken and veggies might give you temporary results but it’s not good idea for long-term. Trust me, you need to eat to lose weight and you have to have good relationship with food.
Then it was the lack of exercising. I’ve never used to practise any sport, so I was thinking that working out is something I won’t ever be able to do. “I’m simply not a sports person” - that’s the lie I was telling myself which kept me away from the gym for so many years. Everyone can do it and there’re so many different types of workout like pilates, dancing, swimming, hiking etc.. I am sure you can find one that you love and works great for your body. Just don’t give up, keep trying! Start with 30 min exercising few times a week then challenge yourself to do more. I am talking from experience working out is addictive. The more you exercise, the better you get and the more you want to it.
Alright, so… you’ve learnt what to eat for weight loss and you finally managed to go to the gym and to actually do the exercises the right way, but you’re still not loosing weight and you feel like quitting. That’s exactly what happened to me and let me tell you.. it’s quite demotivating, but honestly speaking good things take time. The first month of doing the right things I didn’t notice any difference but shortly after my body slowly but surely started shaping the way I wanted. I don’t know, I guess the body just needs some time to adjust, but what I know for sure is that you should keep going, be patient and don’t give up. Also don’t forget to be consistent. Exercising occasionally and eating healthy only in the week days won’t help much. Beyonce is successful because she works hard every single day, not only when she’s in mood for work. 😜
The last thing that I want to advise you is please don’t do diets! Diets are only temporary solution and as soon as you stop doing it, you will definitely gain weight. I’ve heard many people (who I know for sure that have very bad food habits) saying “I will do low-carb or paleo or Atkins diet for 2 months to lose the fat and then I will start eating healthy to maintain my weight.” It sounds good but unfortunately it never works. When you're on diet you’re stressing your body and the moment you stop doing it you will gain weight even from breathing. Trust me, I’ve been there so many times. However, if you change your lifestyle to more healthier and you only avoid certain food you will lose weight slowly but surely. And even if there’s period of few weeks, when for some reason you can’t exercise or you add more desserts and crisps to your meals, you still won’t gain weight easily! That’s the huge difference between diet and lifestyle change.