For people who’ve been fighting obesity for most of their lives, this story may be the inspiration they need to persist in their challenge. And, we all know that weight loss can be a real challenge.
Kari Ianuale is a 38-year-old from Pennsylvania who started changing her life in 2011. Her weight loss was a complete success as she’s managed to drop from 301 to 150 pounds in a period of two years.
Kari has been overweight her entire life, and more importantly, she’s never been into working out. When she reached 301 pounds, she decided she really needed to change something.
Although she had previously tried to lose weight on several occasions, none of the diet plans she tried proved successful. But, when she realized that losing weight and keeping it off is not a “diet,” as diets are temporary, her weight loss became a success. What Kari did was make some lasting life changes as according to her, this is the only way to get healthy and stay healthy.
These are her top 10 tips for losing weight and maintaining your desired weight:
- Eat breakfast every day.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, regardless of whether you’re hungry or not, make sure you never skip breakfast. For one thing, your body depends on nourishment to get enough energy for the start of the day. But, not every breakfast is healthy. As opposed to sugary cereals, oatmeal, and donuts, opt for a well-balanced nutritious breakfast that includes eggs, whole-grain toast, fruit, and other whole foods.
- Cut out processed foods.
We are all aware that most of the foods available on the market these days are highly processed and full of chemicals and additives. Although it may seem impossible, try to eliminate the junk food from your diet and you’ll be dropping pounds before you even notice. Most importantly, you must learn how, what, and how much to eat.
- Stay away from these five items.
– Sugar – make sure you always read the labels on the foods you’re buying as sugar is in just about everything these days.
– “Diet” foods – the thing is most “diet” foods are over-processed and abundant in additives, as well as tons of sodium.
– “Fat-free” foods – it’s important to know that fat-free foods are loaded with sugar.
– “Sugar-free” foods – sugar-free actually means that the food contains a sugar substitute, which is often more harmful to the body than sugar.
- Cut out foods that have labels.
Whole foods should be your priority. The point is to eat clean and stick to produce, meats, and dairy. It’s a fact that label-free foods are the healthiest and most beneficial for your body.
- Drink lots of water.
Water is the most important fluid for your body. Aside from providing proper hydration, it also packs zero calories. If you want to make water more drinkable, infuse it with fruits. Drinking a glass of water upon waking up in the morning, and a glass of water before each meal can also help you curb your appetite.
- Eat a balanced diet.
Following a healthy, well-balanced diet based on fresh fruit and vegetables, whole foods, meats, proteins, and grains is essential for maintaining healthy weight. Cut out processed and frozen food as food from the can never be as nutritious as real food is. Also, make sure you have three balanced meals a day. Watch out on your portion size as you can easily overeat even if you are eating healthy. Your body needs a mixture of proteins, fruits, vegetables, fats, and carbs on a daily basis.
- Get enough sleep.
Getting enough sleep is also extremely beneficial for healthy weight, especially because sleep deprivation only leads to eating uncontrollably for energy.
- Stay up to date on health news.
Keeping updated on health and wellness issues is very important when losing weight. Plus, the internet is a great source of healthy recipes. All you need to do is do some research.
- Be positive.
Maintaining a positive attitude during the weight loss process is extremely important as it usually takes time for results to be seen. Stay away from negative people as well.
- Work out regularly at least 5 days a week.
Last, but not least, regular exercise is also important for maintaining healthy body weight. Start slowly and don’t push yourself too hard at first. 30 minutes a day for five or six days a week should be your goal.
There’s no doubt that losing weight will make you a better and more confident person, not to mention healthier too. Just keep up a strong will and success will follow!