A goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. It is also an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed time frame. Success coaches tell us that for our goal to meet the definitions above, it must be smart, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound, (SMART). This implies that for every goal, there is a way to go about achieving same.
Here are some of the hows I have both observed and applied over the years.
Portion Control aka Moderation...
The most successful weight-loss experts are the one who allow neither clients to EAT! Yes eat, in moderation. You can eat the foods that give you pleasure, you do not need to starve.
Our sets of dinnerware would come in just handy for portion control.
Eliminate or Cut Down Added Sugars
The World Health Organisation have advised that added sugars in our diet be limited to four (4) teaspoons. This includes the sugar in cereals, sodas, etc but not the ones in fruits. Its actually cumbersome to keep trying to keep tabs. In place of sugar-laden drinks, why not build a a healthy drink habit. Why not tea, fruit juices or even smoothies?
Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables which contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. If you don't enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a fun way to not miss out. Did you know that you can add the pulp back in the juice or use use it in your cooking or baking? That way you don't miss out on the fibre.
A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice or sweeteners. You get everything in, juice, fibre and all. You can search for Juicing and smoothie recipes or mix up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables to suit your taste.
No fitness or weight loss journey is complete without getting active. The food we eat is supposed to fuel our body to work and if our daily work doesn't involve a lot of movement then we have no choice (yes, absolutely no choice) but to move that body! as we work out, we sweat (read:lose water). This brings us to infusions.
Nutritionists advice people to drink 2.2 - 3 litres of water daily. Some of us do not enjoy the taste of water, here's where infused water come to the rescue. Wash and dice some of your favourite fruits and your hydration game is made.
It is also equally important to chronicle your fitness journey and have someone who would hold you accountable.
There's still time, you can do this!