There are lots of things that can get in the way of healthy weight loss. It’s up to you to get those things out of your life so they don’t hinder your goals. Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume. Be creating a daily calorie deficit, you can shed pounds and reach a healthy number. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it because being at a healthy weight protects you from heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Get rid of these things to jump start your weight loss.
1 Toss Your Bathroom Scale
This one comes with a caveat. You want to hide your scale rather than carrying it to your curb for the garbage man to collect. The thing here is that you definitely don’t want to weight yourself every single day. Your weight fluctuates a bit from day to day and this habit can really discourage you. Instead, experts suggest weighing in once a week at the same time on the same day without your clothes. This will help you stay on track.
2 Get Rid of All the Junk Food
If that bag of Doritos or Snickers bar is there, it’s very hard not to give in to temptation and chow down. That’s why you need to rid your fridge and pantry of all the things that make it hard for you to lose weight. Toss chips, cake, cookies, soda, candy and anything else that isn’t a healthy choice. I’m not saying you can’t indulge now and the, but having to go out and get junk food will help you resist most of the time.
3 Your “Fat” Clothes Can Go
Hanging on to clothing that you pull out when your weight creeps up makes it more likely that you won’t resist when you should be. Toss all those larger clothes and chances are you’ll be much more motivated to stay on track. After all, who wants to go back out and buy bigger clothes when they’re trying to lose weight? Make sure you have clothes that fit you, but get rid of them as you get smaller and smaller.
4 Put Your Office Chair in Storage
Whether you’re sitting in your chair at work or in your home office, you are still sitting, which keeps you sedentary. By swapping out your chair for an exercise ball, you naturally burn more calories because you have to engage your balance to keep from falling off the ball. You might also try a standing desk, which you can use for part of the day to keep you on your feet and burning calories.
5 Throw Away All Those Fat-Free Foods and Drinks
You might think that fat-free foods and drinks are the answer for eating junk and still losing weight. However, most foods that have the fat removed are full of sugar or salt to replace the flavor. That still equates to a higher calorie count. Losing weight involves burning calories, so be sure you balance your intake with your output. Eat healthy, high-fiber foods to satisfy your appetite.
6 Donate Your Frying Pans to Charity
Fried foods are super high in fat and calories so they don’t really have a place in a weight loss meal plan. Toss your frying pans and replace them with a nonstick grill and baking dishes. Baked, grilled and roasted foods are much lower in fat and calories, but still flavorful and satisfying. Easy, right?
7 You Don’t Need Icky Workout Clothes Anymore
Now that you’ve committed to weight loss, stock your drawers with cute workout gear. That will motivate you to get out there and get moving. After all, you won’t want to be seen at the gym in your ratty sweats and boyfriend’s old t-shirt. Wear something that looks good and you’ll want to hit the pavement or hit the next Zumba class.
8 Throw Away Those Hidden Diet Sodas
While you may think you're drinking healthy by swapping your regular soda for diet, diet is actually so much worse for you. Give up the pop completely and go for a flavored water. If you have to wean yourself off, go ahead, but try to nix soda completely from your diet.
9 Do Some Spring Cleaning
You may not realize it, but your environment is affecting your health. By de-cluttering your life, you will find yourself not weighed down and having more energy for exercise and other happy activities. These in turn will help you find success with your goals. Not sure where to start? Whittle away objects that annoy you until you're only surrounded by positivity.
10 Limit Your Smartphone Use
For most people, tossing the smart phone isn't practical, however, limiting your use will severely impact your health and weight loss for the better. You'll find yourself less lazy, depressed, and anxious. You can use the time you'd normally spend aimlessly scrolling through your newsfeed, to work out, or meal prep for a better you inside and out.
Ready to spring clean for weight loss? What will you be throwing away?