10 Tips To Lose Weight | How I Stay Fit


(pretty music) – Hey, everyone. It’s your girl, Jen. Welcome back. Today I am filming a fitness
video for you because fitness is such a huge part of my lifestyle. I have partnered with
Lifesum to share my 10 tips on how I stay fit or lose weight. Obviously pick and choose
what tips work for you. These are all personal for me and they work with my lifestyle. So yeah, we’ve got 10 of
them so let’s get cracking. So when I’m really actively dieting, I like to set a specific
time on when I have my meals. So it’s not like right
on the dot but generally within that hour I’ll have a meal. So for breakfast I’ll have
it around 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. This is usually after my workout. For lunch I’ll aim it around 1:00 to 1:30 and then I’ll have a
snack around 3:00 to 4:00 and then for dinner have
something at 6:00 o’clock. I really like this system because it makes sure that
I don’t skip any meals. I have learned that I do not
do well when I skip meals because I end up being
super ravenous by the next. So by spacing everything
out within four hours I am just constantly content
with what’s in my belly. Tip number two is to use a food journal and I’ve been loving to use this nutrition focused app called Lifesum. I’ve been using it for a couple months now and its been amazing to track
down exactly what I’m putting in my body. I love that it makes me more
knowledgeable about nutrition and it gives me feedback
so I can make more mindful decisions in the long run. A lot of the times I
never remember what I eat. Like, honestly, it’s
kind of of like a blur. So when I stop and I become
conscious of what I’m putting into my food diary. So let’s say I have a bag of hot Cheetos I’ll log it into Lifesum
and I’ll see exactly what I have put inside my body. It makes me more motivated
to make wiser decisions for the rest of my day. So if I’ll have hot Cheetos
I’ll make sure I balance it out with something
more nutritionally dense for the next meal. If you wanna lose weight
and see the results quicker, diet is honestly the way to go. It’s the most effective way to lose weight and if you are unsure
of what is inside things and you’re not really conscious
of the different nutritional facts that foods have, Lifesum is a really
great app that does that. Because you can really see everything. It’s beyond just like calorie counting. You could see like how
many grams of fat and carbs and protein is in the different
types of food you’re eating. And so by keeping a record of that, it just helps you be more
aware and I feel like it helps see the progress a lot quicker. I always make time to exercise. When I was first starting off I was maybe going two times a week. But now I can comfortable go four times. Honestly, it just makes me feel so good after I go to the gym and I
think it’s really important to find an exercise that you enjoy. So, if you hate running on
the treadmill, don’t do it. So I’ve learned that I
freaking love group classes so you’ll see me at Barry’s Bootcamp. You’ll see me at Pilates. Any high intensity interval
training class, I am there. And it’s because it makes
me really excited to go. I like to knock out my exercise the first thing in the morning
because when I wake up, I’m groggy, I just want to
just get it out of the way so I’ll wake up, I’ll
put on my workout clothes and drive straight to the workout class. And I’ve come to realize
that the hardest part about working out is getting there. So when you wake up, just
quiet those thoughts of like, no, five more minutes. Tell those thoughts to shut up
and you’re getting your butt to the gym because you will like it after. Like, I’ve never ever
regretted working out and that’s something that
I always tell my mind. Especially when I don’t wanna go. I think it’s because I
just feel this huge rush of endorphins after and even
if I’m having a really bad day that day, if I had gone
to the gym or I exercised, a part of me feels better. I think it’s because I did
something good for myself. After I exercise I’ll
always make sure to log it because I am proud that
I got my butt to the gym so I’ll record it and
it’ll just use that data to show the rest of my day
and what it’s gonna look like. Empty calories taste the
best but unfortunately they’re exactly like the
name says, they’re empty, they don’t do anything
for you and honestly, if I’m gonna eat something I
kinda want it to benefit me in some sort of way. And when I am really trying
to like actively lose weight, I will make sure that I don’t eat anything that doesn’t give back to me. So I’ve kind of trained
myself at a young age to not crave soda. If you’re craving something fizzy or something with a little kick, I highly recommend La Croix. Some people just don’t like
it but I freaking love it. It’s like a low calorie,
or it’s like a no calorie, fizzy drink that is essenced
with flavor and I love it. If you can’t stand the taste
of water I highly recommend you just essence your own water. You just cut up some cucumber, some lemon, maybe some strawberries. Put it in your water and you’ve
got something fun to drink that is good for you and
without all that sugar. Cooking at home is another tip to ensure that you eat healthy. When you don’t have any food at your house and you are starving,
Postmates starts to look very very tempting and
you end up just ordering a lot of food that you don’t need. When you already prepare
something in your fridge, whenever you’re hungry,
you have that as an option. A great thing to do when
you’re cooking is to make a big portion and just keep it
in your fridge at all times. One of my favorite recipes to
use is one I found on Lifesum. It is this really delicious
green bean and chickpea recipe. And I love that there
are so many other recipes that you can find on the
app but this is just one of the ones that I have just
been constantly going to. I keep it in my fridge
so whenever I’m hungry I just make a little portion
for myself and I’ll eat it. I love to snack and one snack
that is just like my absolute weakness are chips. If there are chips in
the pantry I will eat every single bag until they are gone. So that’s why I don’t keep
hot Cheetos in my pantry because they will all disappear. So if you happen to have a sweet tooth and you can’t control
yourself around ice cream it’s probably not a good
idea to keep ice cream in the freezer because
you’ll end up just eating it. When I have a craving
and it’s been like a week since I’ve had it I’ll just
go physically to the store get my allotted amount
and I’ll finish it then. Now this next tip is to stop
eating at a certain time. And I only follow this rule
when I’m strictly dieting. But my cutoff is 7:00 p.m. And for me this worked
because I normally fall asleep around 11:00 to midnight so
7:00 is the sweet spot for me. I do this because when
I have midnight munchies it’s never you know, like I
wanna indulge in carrot sticks. I always want something
cheesy, something greasy. So when I have this rule
it just cuts everything off and cutting off the kitchen
at that time just really helps me realize like hey, I
have to wait until morning. One tip that I do after dinner
is I’ll just brush my teeth so that way it just caps everything off and I will have to wait
the next day to eat again. Now cravings will always come. And cravings are weird
because a lot of times you don’t know what it is
like are you actually hungry, are you bored, do you wanna be stimulated? So what I do when I have a craving, I first chug a bunch of water. I’ll wait like 10 minutes and
I’ll see if I’m still hungry. And if I still am and I
realize that I’ve eaten maybe a couple hours before and I
shouldn’t eat until my next meal I will start engaging
myself in an activity that requires my hands. And my favorite activity is to clean. I will start wiping down the tables. I will start vacuuming. I will start folding clothes. And I’ll do that for 15 or 20 minutes and if I am still hungry after
that then I’ll have a snack. But usually, seven out of 10
times, I am over my craving and I’m just happy that my house is clean. It’s like a good habit to have. You’re clean eating and
your house is clean. It’s great. When I was at my heaviest
weight, I loved getting seconds. It was truly second nature to me. I would have my first
plate as my appetizer and my second plate to
just fill in all the cracks and that would be my main entree. I had to stop this habit
because it was always putting me at a point where I was just
so full after every meal. I like to stop eating
right when I am content. I don’t want to be slammed
and full like there’s no room in my stomach because that way I’m not gonna maintain my figure. So I have trained myself
to resist the urge on getting seconds and
that is by being patient. After you have your
meal, wait for 20 minutes and then you will see that
you’re not hungry anymore. You are satisfied. It takes like awhile for
your brain to realize and catch up with all the
food that you’ve been eating. Resisting the urge to have
seconds was so hard for me. It felt like a freaking Jedi mind trick. But I’ve learned that patience
is key when you’re dieting. Especially when you’re not crash dieting. It’s gonna take some time to see progress. So you gotta be patient about it. My last tip is to recognize
that the first two to three weeks are gonna be the most
difficult when you’re dieting. Your mind, your body, your stomach. They’re all adjusting
to this new structure and our brains, they love routine. They just like to keep things the same. So that’s why it’s so hard
to adjust to a new one because your brain is just
resisting to the new change. But the more that you stick to your guns, the better and easier these habits will become ingrained in your life. The mind is so cool because
I think I read 40% to 50% of your day is just on autopilot
and that’s what you want. You want these tips to be
so ingrained in your life that you’re not even thinking about it. It just becomes something that you do. It becomes a habit. All right guys, those are all
the tips I have for you today. I wanna stress that you should
really really edit this list to suit your lifestyle so if
that means just incorporating three in your life, great. There’s no need to bum
rush all these 10 tips into your life and like beat yourself up if you don’t follow them perfectly. Life is not about that. I still want you guys to have
a really healthy relationship with food because life is
about enjoying yourself and experiencing new tastes
and if you wanna have that chocolate cake, you should eat it. You should indulge when
you want to indulge and only you know your body the best. If you would like to try Lifesum yourself, please use my discount
code JENNIM for 30% off your subscription offer. I will leave all that
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health/diet related videos I’ll leave stuff in the
card so please watch them if you desire to. I wanna thank you guys
so much for watching and I’ll see you guys in the next one. Bye, muah. (pretty music)

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