After my transformation posts on social media, I get a lot of questions and messages like: How did I get started? What tips do I have for someone starting out? What is my diet like?
So I wanted to share the two biggest things that I believe helped me break through the plateau (more like hopeless, unmotivated RUT) I was in and kick-start my weight loss.
That being said, I want to add there is no miracle answer here. These are simple things and may seem like common sense — but until I actually applied them, nothing else worked for me. I’m also going to mention that I am not a Nutritionist, nor am I recommending this as the right thing for you, just simply sharing what has worked for me!
Top 2 things that gave my body a Jump-Start:
Water. How much are you drinking? Is it enough?
I wasn’t even coming close to consuming what my body needed. You should aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces. For example; if you are a 200 lb man, you should be shooting for a minimum of 100 oz a day. If you exercise a lot or sweat profusely – you need to add more to accommodate that sweat loss.
Lemon water? Even better. This is how I start my morning EVERY single day, without fail. A cup of warm lemon water – before all else! There are SO many healthy benefits for drinking it. Just a few to name:
I realize buying lemons and squeezing them into your water every morning can seem tedious, or wasteful to do this daily. This is why instead I just add a couple drops of lemon essential oil to my water — SO much easier and makes less work. This trick was big for me, because parents know that simplifying your morning with 2 toddlers underfoot is always appreciated!
Gluten. Elimination of this was the next trick I pulled out of the hat. Subtracting that from my diet was a game changer. I noticed a difference within the first week of applying that decision. No more bloating after meals and I just felt better overall. My body responded very well to it – and quickly I might add. I stayed on track with that until I hit my goal, and even now I probably remain 85% gluten free just because I like the way I feel.
I say 85% because I cut out “obvious gluten,” and what I mean by that is that is that I don’t go as far as checking labels on sauces or spices (as this was not an allergy related choice). Also, if I want dessert or something that has gluten in it once in awhile, I eat it! I never deprive myself because I don’t think that is a system that works long term for people. whether they’re athletes or not.
Here are just a few benefits of cutting out gluten:
Making these changes in addition to starting out with some at-home workouts (as I was not confident enough to run out on the road or work out in the gym) is what enabled me to lose my baby weight and become the strongest version of me.
The photo on the left was me 6-weeks postpartum after my 2nd son, the day I got cleared to work out.
Biggest Tips for Those of You Beginning Your Journey:
What tips and tricks do you guys have for things that have worked for you?