You want to lose weight and you’re thinking of going on another diet, or maybe cut carbs, or a detox? But just the thought of it all leaves you feeling overwhelmed or just a little hollow at the idea of feeling hungry all the time or walking around with “eat, eat, eat” ringing in your head like a mantra. Right now, I bet you’re hoping there’s a better way to get results and keep them without feeling deprived.
Well, there is…and it starts with the 7 actions that I’m going to share with you next. These 7 things are important enough that you should NOT consider going on another diet till you’re doing every single one of them consistently. Why? Because if you’re doing all 7 actions consistently, you wouldn’t need a diet.
Here are the 7 things that you need to be doing consistently before you try another diet, detox, or cleanse
- Eat only when you’re hungry: You’ll increase the chance that you’ll make healthy choices and not overeat at your meal times if you don’t wait till you’re too hungry before you eat.
- Eat healthy…at least 80% of the time: You don’t have to be perfect to get the weight loss results you want. Making 80% of your meals the healthiest they can be will help you get the results you want without feeling deprived.
- Know when you’re satisfied—not full: By the time you’re full, you might’ve had too much, so quit while you’re ahead and reap the results.
- Get enough exercise…but not too much: You don’t have to live at the gym to feel and look strong. All it takes is 30 minutes of intense exercise, 3 days a week to get you started.
- Get the best medicine—laughter: This as your prescription for stress relief. It’ll not only help you feel great in the moment, but it’ll help your body function and look better too!
- Stay true to yourself: Nothing chases you to reach for into a bucket of ice cream faster than the feeling of compromising your values. Don’t compromise!
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night: This might be the hardest since you’ve got a ton to do and not enough time in the day to do it. But improving the quality and quantity of your sleep will do wonders for your impulse control and your smart decision-making prowess in every facet of your life.
How to use these 7 actions
I share more about why each of these seven actions matter in Chapter 2 of Weight Loss for High Achievers…but let’s talk about how to use these seven actions to get the most out of the time you spend losing weight.
I’m sure you feel a sense of relief now that you know you don’t have to do a million things to lose weight, but there are still seven things on the list…how can you balance all of them on top of your packed to-do list?
Here’s the secret to success…you don’t have to do it all at once to get results.
In Chapter 2 of Weight Loss for High Achievers, I explain how to tackle these actions and get results without feeling overwhelmed, but here’s the gist:
- Start with one action at a time.
- Add new actions as you get consistent with each one.
- Track your actions and results so you know which actions have the most impact over time.
- Count your non-scale victories to keep you motivated on those days when your progress on the scale is less than stellar.
This is really the gist of it. You don’t need a complicated 7-day detox or to give up all the joy you get out of eating the same meals as those you love.
The simple actions can make a huge difference and I give you the blueprint on how to make your weight loss happen using simple actions in Weight Loss for High Achievers.
Your next step?
Pick one of the actions and start doing it. Focus on one long enough for you to get consistent and add on as you’re ready.
P.S. Weight Loss for High Achievers is a great guide that can help you get started with these actions and help you get and keep the results you want. Click the button below to get the book.
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- Integrity by priyanka from the Noun Project
- Satisfied by José Manuel de Laá from the Noun Project
- Hungry by Aenne Brielmann from the Noun Project