Three Easy Steps to Weight Loss

Most people lack the time to workout much less prepare food. That’s one of the reasons it’s so hard to lose weight and/or exercise in the first place. But a few tweaks to your daily schedule will help you to reach your fitness and weight loss goals.

1. Pack healthy snacks. If you are going to work, shopping or just generally out and about, pack a healthy snack for those inevitable hunger pangs. This will keep you from getting junk food from the vending machine or eating fast foods. To keep your metabolism going strong, eat every two to four hours. That’s between four and five times a day. My routine goes like this: breakfast upon waking; small snack (handful nuts); lunch; snack (fruit); dinner. Good snack options are raw veggies, nuts, fruit (avoid high-sugar dried fruit) and string cheese.

2. Join a gym near to where you work. If it’s five or 10 minutes down the road, you’re more likely to go. I used to workout at a gym that was directly in front of my job. Seeing it was a daily reminder of my goals.

3. Get into a routine. If you don’t want to join a gym, consider scheduling workouts during the week your friend(s), boyfriend or husband. The more you do it, the more it will become part of your life, and believe it or not you’ll actually miss it when you skip a day. My routine until recently went like this: Come home and make dinner with husband. Wait about 45 minutes and take a walk together. Come back and do strength exercises. If you only have 20 minutes to workout, go for a five minute walk, do 10 minutes of strength workouts and do another five minute walk. Easy peasy but effective.

Change can be hard to make, but these three tips are easy ways to make a change that will help you to look and feel awesome in no time.