When we step on the scale and allow it to make us feel ashamed, we’re giving an inanimate object the power to affect our self-esteem and our self-worth.
While there’s no doubt that many of us have a weight loss goal, we cannot allow our body weight to primarily dictate how we feel about ourselves and our bodies.
When it comes to fitness, there’s more to measure than simply your body weight. Measuring your body fat, your strength, and assessing how well your body moves– all paint a clearer picture of just how fit and healthy you truly are.
Drink 3 liters of water a day, or half of your body weight in ounces. Yes, drinking water from a pure source like an uncontaminated spring is the best kind to drink, but finding and having access to water like this is next to impossible. Drinking filtered tap water is the next best option. It isn’t a perfect option, as tap water contains all kinds of things that may not be healthy for you. Relatively speaking, when compared to drinking soda or sweetened drinks, tap water is almost always the better option. The important thing to remember here is that man-made sweetened drinks, at best, do nothing for your body and, at worst, make you gain weight.
2) Eat your Protein
Chicken and fish are your best bets for lean animal protein. However, don’t overlook other lean cuts of meat, such as pork chops. Red meat, on occasion, could also be good for you—especially if it’s organic grass fed beef. It all depends on your family history with cholesterol and your own personal ideas on eating red meat. At Rock Fit, we personally feel occasionally eating red meat can be very healthy for you. If you’re a vegetarian, consider eating 3-4 eggs daily, as well as supplementing with protein powder. A good way to determine your proper serving size for meat is to eat as meat as the size of your fist.
3) Eat your Vegetables
Vegetables contain much-needed vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that will satisfy your body’s need for nutrition. Veggies also contain lots of fiber relative to sugar. There is not a food out there that has a better fiber to sugar ratio when compared to vegetables and herbs. These phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber are all powerful weapons against feeling hungry and having cravings. Having 6-10 servings of vegetables is ideal to keep hunger and cravings at bay, when you’re dieting to lose weight. Try purchasing a Greens powder to supplement your daily intake of vegetables and help you reach 6-10 servings.
4) Lower your Carb / Sugar Intake
Many people consider this tip to be the most important one for losing weight. Yes, it is true that we need small amounts of carbohydrates (sugar) for good health. However, the amount of added sugar we eat is far more than what we need. A good rule of thumb for losing weight is to avoid or minimize processed food and you will minimize your sugar intake. Just focus on eating real, whole food. The more processed a food is, the more sugar it probably has in it.
5) Eating Herbs and Spices
Adding herbs and spices to foods will help your body function optimally. Some great examples of potent herbs include: Ginger, cocoa, pepper, turmeric. A little goes a long way in helping your body function well. In turn, your body will be able to burn fat and lose weight more effectively. Plus, these herbs and spices have high levels of anti-oxidants that can help you reduce your risk for Cancer and slow down the effects of aging. Cinnamon, in particular, is one the most powerful anti-oxidants known to man. You don’t need much to give you these benefits. Simply use a variety of them in your meals and in your cooking.
P.S If you’d like to feel more confident about your body and step into Summer without the extra pounds, then check out our 28 Day Fitness Challenge! We’re accepting applications by July 2nd.