10 Ways People Over 40 Can Lose Weight – Part 2

Go Media Free For a Day 

Consumption isn’t only about what you put in your body. It’s also about what you put in your brain. Do you yearn for the days of quiet solitude without the noise of the internet? I know I do. 

We receive a near constant onslaught of images and ideas from our phones and computers. They fill up our brain and crowd out other thoughts—important thoughts, like dreams, hopes, and aspirations. And those bits are really the core of who you are. 

Don’t let news updates and scraps of unimportant information clutter your brain because this can negatively impact your weight loss goals. 

At least once a week, ditch your social media and consume only things that are good for you. Read a book or an article on good health or making positive changes in your life. Fill your head with good stuff the same way you fill your body with good stuff. All of that real, encouraging, uplifting info will help motivate you to be the person you want to be. 

What you put in determines what you get out. The saying “garbage in, garbage out” is horribly inaccurate. The truth is ... garbage in, garbage stays! 

Increase Your Weight Loss by Tracking a Healthy Habit.

Performance improves when you measure it. Just by recording your effort you increase the likelihood that you will succeed at weight loss. Pretty cool, huh? 

The problem is that as simple as it sounds, tracking is difficult. If you’ve ever tried to keep a food diary for more than two days you know how easy it is to get sidetracked. But research has shown again and again that when you track a behavior it improves drastically. 

We all know that tracking your food can help you lose weight. When you keep a detailed record of what you eat, you’ll find hidden calories, patterns of consumption, and be able to pat yourself on the back for a day well done. 

Having an accurate record helps you avoid making over eating or snacking out of boredom. It’s just one more way to find real accountability. I encourage my clients to know exactly what and how much they’re eating, but tracking can be a pain in the butt. So if you can’t imagine logging every bite, lick or sip into a tracker like MyFitnessPal, then pull out your camera instead. 

Taking a picture of everything you eat is a fun alternative to writing it all down which can feel like a chore. In all likelihood you’ve already got your phone in your hand. Taking the time to snap a photo will give you a minute to think over your choice and an honest record of everything you ate. 

Keeping track of how you’re doing, whether it’s a weekly weigh in or a daily food log, will motivate you to keep making the smart decisions that will help you win your happiest, healthiest life. 

Next week, we’ll look at ways 5 & 6.

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