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Want to know how to lose weight and keep it off? Here are some easy hints, tips, and resources to help you. They are all based on my own experience losing over 2 stone (30 pounds) and keeping it off for over four years now.
This post is for information purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before making changes to your diet or beginning a new exercise regime. Full disclosure policy here. This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.
How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Eat Your Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are good for everyone and eating lots of them definitely helped me lose weight and keep it off. However, even if you love your veggies as much as I do, it can be hard to eat as many greens as you should.
I use Lean Greens super greens powder daily to ensure that I get enough of the good stuff. Lean Greens is the best tasting super greens powder I’ve tasted and it mixes easily with water or your favourite smoothie.
In my experience, Lean Greens helps keep my cravings under control, and it also banishes bloat. Let’s just say that if I go a few days without it, I notice! It makes me feel more energetic and it’s the best way I know to be sure I get a broad range of nutrients easily.
Lean Greens was a key player in my weight loss journey and it helps me to maintain my weight loss as well.
Be Sure To Get Enough Protein
In 5 Healthy Eating Tips That Helped Me Lose Over 30 Pounds, I discuss the importance of prioritising protein. From eggs and fish to chickpeas and nuts, I like to build my meals around protein. It helps keep me feeling full and energised.
When I’m working out and walking a lot (which to be honest is most of the time) I also use TRIM Formula lactose free whey protein isolate. TRIM is vanilla flavoured but it mixes into smoothies well too.
While healthy eating is crucial to weight loss, exercise makes a huge difference too. Although recent research suggests exercise won’t help you lose weight, I’d argue that I’m the poster child for the opposite view. Without exercise there is no way I’d have lost this much weight or become so strong and fit.
Do a variety of exercise regularly. I work out with my trainer, practice Pilates, and take long walks with my husband. Find something you love and keep moving!
My favourite post workout treat is a smoothie made up of a bit of water, a frozen banana, a good scoop of Lean Greens, a packet of TRIM Formula and some ice. I just whizz it in the blender and enjoy.
Follow The 80/20 Rule
The idea that you could never have French fries or chocolate again is enough to make anyone rush for the nearest fast food joint or candy store. Everyone needs a treat now and again.
Lean Greens helps me to resist my cravings, but sometimes I allow myself to indulge. It’s much better to enjoy a reasonable portion of something you really fancy than eat something ‘low calorie’ that is designed to taste like it. Low calorie and low fat alternatives are often full of sugar and chemicals.
If you want a piece of cheese, have about 30 grams of a cheese you really enjoy, and savour every mouthful. If you are craving chocolate, have a couple squares of your favourite kind. Throw away the rest of the bar if you have to – although I find sharing makes me very popular! Just have one cookie, not the whole box. You get the idea.
Plan Your Meals and Snacks
Plan your meals ahead so that you know you have a healthy choice ready to go. There is something that is so reassuring about knowing what you are going to eat a few days in advance. It also helps you save money.
When it comes to snacks, have a few small containers for almonds or other nuts (20 grams is a good size serving) and protein bars on hand to take with you. At home, keep fresh fruit, small pots of yogurt, and some sliced vegetables ready for when hunger strikes.
It can be easier than you think to lose weight and keep it off with my insider tips, and Lean Greens.