5 simple steps to build healthy habits to lose weight

By HappySkinnyGirl

Don’t wait until the new year to start your weight loss or other resolutions. I say, start it now! Don’t wait until the time is perfect, do realize that’s an excuse. Either you’ll do things to help you lose weight or not. But you think, “I want to enjoy the holidays and eat all the yummy food!” Well, You don’t have to go on a diet program to jump start your weight loss.

Here are 5 simple steps to build healthy habits to lose weight:

Step 1: Try adding positive habits before eliminating the bad habits.
At this point, don’t cut out soda pops and other unhealthy food yet. Start eating more of vegetables and fruits. We want this to become a habit. This will help your body to re-energize and get plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Step 2: Switch to an 8″ plate and eat less.
I used to eat like 2-3 big plates filled with food at one single meal. Now I’m only go for one plate.

Step 3: Learn about nutritions, what is healthy or what’s not.
For me, healthy food should have no more than 4g of fat and 4g of sugar per serving. I don’t take numbers dead seriously, so sometimes 6g is ok too. At this point, you should try to cut out some of the fatty food.

Step 4: Start being active and move yourself more.
I don’t mean doing hard exercise or intense workout. We want this to become a habit much like brushing the teeth. Why do we brush the teeth? We do it for the health. Same goes with the muscles. Start out at your own level. If you start out doing too much, chances are that you’ll be frustrated and give up. I prefer Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum, 30 minutes everyday and rest on the weekends. 80/20 is a good ratio. 80% should be focus on the healthy eating and 20% on exercise. That means I’m trying to eat healthy as much as I can but also enjoying the comfort food sometimes, and I don’t do any intense exercises yet. At this point, we want this to become a habit without getting too overwhelmed and stressed out.

Step 5: You don’t have to be doing things 100% perfect all the time.
It’s about making progress, and not about on or off the wagon. If you get off the track, turn your habits around within a week. Don’t wait until it goes too long time. Don’t focus on the past, what you did or didn’t do. Focus instead on today what actions you can take to help you to lose weight.

You’re the expert of your own body, start out at your own level and go from there. If you have anymore tips please add.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :-h

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8 Comments on 5 simple steps to build healthy habits to lose weight

  1. Cindy
    December 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Some good ideas here. I’ve found a great way to add more veggies to your diet is to pick one day a week and try a new recipe. You might hate steamed brussel sprouts, but you might just find you love them roasted with a little olive oil and sea salt.

  2. Jason
    December 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Hey Healthy Girl,
    This is a great post. This healthy habits are the pillars of weight loss and making the change to a healthy lifestyle. For me in particular, moving more and the 8″ plate helped me lose 130 lbs on weight watchers. I have kept it off over a year now and have taken advantage of your healthy habit #5. Getting back on the wagon when you fall off. Check out my before and after pics for some inspiration if you would like.
    http://run4change.wordpress.com

  3. healthygirl
    December 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm (9 years ago)

    Cindy, that sounds really delicious! I’ll give it a try.
    Jason, you look amazing!

  4. bobby
    December 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I think #1 and #2 are outstanding ideas. I never thought of this before!

    I always try to tell people about #5 also. I think these are the 5 best tips for anyone trying to eat better and live a better life, thanks 🙂

  5. healthygirl
    December 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Bobby, Yup it’s for everyone, not just for weight loss people. I just hit step 4 and 5 recently 🙂

  6. MizFit
    December 24, 2008 at 4:05 am (9 years ago)

    I adore the notion, always, of ADDING before subtracting.

    mentally it is so much easier that way, huh?

  7. Tom Thorne
    December 28, 2008 at 11:26 am (9 years ago)

    What a great blog! Good ideas. I’m a fitness fanatic too and I find that one good habit leads to another. But you are exactly right, a person has got to start!

  8. healthygirl
    December 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm (9 years ago)

    Tom Thorne, thanks for stopping by. Yup, that what is take plus a little bit of nagging from me 🙂