I don’t think I’ve met anyone who didn’t want to stay fit and look great. But not everyone knows how to lose those extra kilos that you gained last time you went home. It is not great both physically and mentally to be over-weight. It affects your mood and productivity more than you would imagine. So here are few tips to help you shed those kilos, make you more fit and thereby more confident.

  1. Have a realistic goal

What most people lack is proper motivation to lose weight. So it important to set a goal that is immediately achievable. If you set to lose 20 kilos in a month, you would never achieve it. Just because you read something somewhere doesn’t make it true. Understand realistic weight goals and ideal weight from an expert. This way you don’t set yourself up for failure before you even begin.

  1. Reduce your portion size

This is the easiest change you can make to your diet. Most people eat way more than they should and gain fat. Try to avoid eating more than required. Ask a nutritionist the amount of food that you need to eat to keep healthy. If you don’t eat more than needed, you don’t need to worry about those pesky fat cells accumulating in your tummy.

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  1. Modify your diet by stocking up on healthy food

This goes hand in hand with the last tip to make the double whammy for fat cells. If you cut down on fatty and sugary food and stock up on healthier alternatives, you reduce your chance at many life-threatening diseases like stroke and heart disease. Whenever you are hungry and craving for a snack, instead of that cupcake go for a fruit or veggie. Your body will thank you later.

  1. Walking

Taking a walk every day greatly helps in reducing weight. It helps in burning calories and improves insulin sensitivity. Try to achieve 10,000 steps a day or 45 minutes of walking. Any smartphone nowadays comes built in with the option of keeping track of your steps. Make use of that incorporate it into your routine.

Waiting for the elevator? Take the stairs instead.

Got to go to the local grocery store? Walk or bike there instead of going by car.

  1. Personal Motivation and Family Therapy

As previously mentioned, it all comes down to your personal determination. But it’s not always easy to stay strong. Be prepared with ways to convince yourself to not buy that pizza or not have an extra cheesecake. This can be someone in your family reminding you why you set out to do it in the first place because everyone might lose sight of the goal every now and then. It is a great idea to work out or take a diet with someone as it better helps both of your chances of succeeding.