A LOT of people fall into this category when trying to lose weight, myself included. A number of factors affect the way you lose weight. Here is a quick list of things to consider when your focus is to get rid of that unwanted body fat!
Weight Loss Check List
Increase Water Intake
Portion Size Meals
Join Or Create A Workout Regimen
Set Short & Long Term Goals
Lets dive deeper into each of those factors....
Increase Water Intake- You should be drinking water with each one of your meals meaning you should also be cutting back on drinking juice and drinks. Increasing your water intake with help improve digestion which will also reduce bloating. Try adding lemon to your water for better digestion of meals and to improve your energy levels. The quicker your food digests, the more energy you will have to complete your day.
Portion Size Meals- If you are trying to lose weight then most likely you have been over-eating. By portion sizing your meals you will be cutting down on the amount of calories you consume in a day. Make sure to drink plenty of water with each meal to still have a sense of fullness. You have created a "bad" habit of overeating so it will take some time to form a "good" habit of eating smaller meals. Give it 3 weeks and it will become like second nature after that 3rd week of eating better, balanced meals. Never go "cold-turkey" and try to eat salads 24/7 as it is the recipe for disaster. The main go is to create a lifestyle change that works for you.
Join Or Create A Workout Regimen-Learning to eat better is a great start but you have to become active to help burn off those extra pounds of fat. Grab a friend and get active, sign up for a training class, or join a gym. The goal is to stay active at least 3-5 times a week. I've always found that working out with someone else helps to hold me more accountable and you become more comfortable to workout when you have someone familiar with you.
Stay Consistent-This goes right along with being more active. In order to see results you HAVE to stay consistent. Plan your week out and include your workouts in your schedule. This is why it is so beneficial to have a personal trainer because they are there to help you stay on track and consistent. Schedule a training session with a trainer you are comfortable working out with and stick to it.
Set Short & Long Term Goals-Lastly, you need you to create a plan. How much weight do you want to lose each week, each month? A healthy amount of weight to lose in a week is 3-5 lbs which is very achievable as long as you stay on track. Also set long term goals for how much you want to lose in total. Be reasonable with yourself but also try to challenge yourself.