Saturday, 10 January 2015

Lifestyle: Tips For Starting A Healthier Lifestyle

Well hello there...

Now, I am no healthy eating expert... but I do have a couple of tips and tricks to give you a helping hand, if you are trying to start a healthier lifestyle. 
You may have noticed I emphasised the word, healthier... it's because I don't believe in eating a 100% healthy diet, all of the time.
I eat healthily 80-90% of the time and have the occasional treat or reward meal.
It's important to treat yourself every now and then, if you constantly deny yourself or cut out food groups to lose weight quickly, you may lose some weight, but once you resume to eating normally, the weight will pile back on. 
This is a healthy lifestyle change, not a quick fix. 

(Catch up with my weight loss journey here here and here)
Tip #1
Drink up
Drinking water helps to keep your skin clear, aids digestion and stops you from getting dehydrated. 
If you find you are prone to headaches, it may be because you aren't drinking enough water!

Struggling to drink enough water?
Try these tips:
1. Always make sure you have a bottle of water with you wherever you go, in your car, at your desk and in your handbag. 
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables, their high water content will help you to stay hydrated.
3. If you find water bland or boring, try adding in some fruit to jazz it up
 (lemon, lime, orange and strawberries are all delicious)
4. Drink green or herbal teas, they also count towards your water intake for the day

I drink at least three litres of water per day, it's probably the best health tip I can give you.
Water is calorie free, so guzzle away to your hearts content. 

Tip #2
Feeling fruity
This seems pretty obvious, but eating lots of fruits and vegetables will do wonders for your body!
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, while also helping to whittle down your waistline. 

Tips for upping your fruit and vegetable intake:
 Try freezing grapes, berries or bananas for a refreshing snack 

Blend your favourite fruit with some 0% fat Greek yoghurt to make healthy ice-lollies or a smoothie

Add peas, sweetcorn, mushrooms or cherry tomatoes to your pasta

Have some carrot sticks or celery with salsa, houmous or your favourite healthy dip

Swap chips for sweet potato fries

Stuff your usual chicken mayo sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and cucumber and either skip the mayonnaise or opt for the light or extra light versions

Making a pizza? Add mushrooms, peppers, spinach and extra tomato to your usual margherita, or you can even add chicken or tuna, for some protein.

Pizza fiend? Check out my healthy pizza wrap recipe here.

Tip #3
Breakfast of champions
Don't skip breakfast! I find that when I don't have time to eat breakfast, I always crave sugary foods mid-morning, which isn't good for my body.
 If I am in a massive rush, I at least grab some fruit or a granola bar, to eat on go!

Try poached or boiled eggs, with a slice of toast.

0% fat Greek yoghurt with fruit 
(I love raspberries and blueberries, I always stock up my freezer with berries, as they can be quite expensive to buy fresh all of the time)

Cereal with skimmed milk or 0% fat Greek yoghurt and frozen berries
(I don't like the taste of full fat or semi-skimmed milk, so I always opt for skimmed.
But, you could have semi-skimmed or almond milk - if you're not a fan of skimmed)

Smoked salmon on a slice of wholemeal toast is heavenly, especially with a poached egg on top!

Tip #4
Move that booty
Try some gentle exercise, be it a long walk, half an hour of yoga or even dancing around your bedroom for 20 minutes to your favourite tunes. 
Any exercise - no matter how short, is still benefiting your health.

I personally prefer to work out at home, it's free, private and I can look like a sweaty mess afterwards and not even care!
Exercise DVD's are great, there is such a wide-variety - you can easily find one that suits you.
Try Amazon for cheap deals.

Wii Fit - I love playing on the wii, I prefer the Just Dance games, as I find that I am concentrating so much on getting the moves right, I'm burning calories and I don't even realise it!

I also like to throw in some sit-ups, lunges, squats and stretches to tone up.

I aim to work out 3 times per week, I have a full-time job so I don't always have time to work out more than that. I find it's a good balance for me.

Tip #5
Tracking your progress
I use the MyFitnessPal app to keep track of my daily calorie intake, it's a pretty straight-forward app to use.
You simply input your current weight, height, age and goal weight, the app then calculates how many calories you need to consume each day to lose between 1-2 pounds per week.
This app might not be for everyone, but the key is not to worry about going over your daily calorie goal once or twice per week.
 It's when you constantly over-eat that you aren't going to see any difference in your weight.

It's also important that you don't lie to yourself, if you had a sneaky biscuit at work or a slice of cake because it was your friend's birthday - enter it into the app, don't feel guilty - we're all only human and are bound to have the occasional slip up.

I also take photographs of myself, every time I reach a milestone.
I find that seeing your progress, helps to motivate you to keep going and reach your goal!

Tip #6
Set yourself an attainable goal
When I first started my weight loss journey, I had a lot of weight to shift. 
(3 stone 11lbs, to be precise)
I set myself a goal of losing two stone in four months, that may seem like a long time - but it equates to a loss of about 2 pounds per week. 
It's taken me just over six months to lose four stone, it's been a battle but I am so much happier, more confident and I feel healthier!
For example: If you weigh 12 stone and want your goal weight to be 10 stone, give yourself at least 4 months to lose it!
It's realistic, achievable and if you put your mind to it - you can do it!
I would also advise having a goal weight or even a dress size in mind, it really helps to have something to work towards.

Tip #7
Reward yourself
I have a reward meal or snack, once per week - twice if it's been a particularly crappy week!
If you're craving chocolate, have a bar - just make sure you stop at one, and that you log it into your food diary.
Don't feel guilty about rewarding yourself with something that you love. 
You won't gain weight by having a curly wurly once a week, as long as you don't have one every day and it's within your calorie intake for the day - enjoy it!
I would recommend putting your reward chocolate bar in the fridge, because it's cold, it lasts longer!

I hope you enjoyed this 'Healthy lifestyle tips' post, Are you trying to lose or maintain your weight? Do you have any tips or tricks?
Would you like me to do another healthy lifestyle tips post?
I'd love to know, leave me a lovely comment below!

Hopefully we can support in each other, in achieving our goals - feel free to drop me an email or tweet, be it for advice, support or just a chit chat :)

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Love Laurenx

*I just wanted to quickly say; I am not a nutritionist, healthy eating expert or fitness expert, I am not saying that I work out 7 days a week for hours at a time, starve myself or deny myself anything.
I am just trying to be healthy and share some weight loss tips that have worked for me*


  1. Great tips, given me the kick up the bum to start!

    Sophie x

  2. Great tips lovely :] I use MyFitnessPal and find it so very helpful for keeping me on track!

    Jordan xx

    1. Thank you sweet! It's great isn't it, so easy to use and helps me to stay away from the cookie jar! :) xx

  3. Some great tips here :). I have about 4 stone to shift! Me and my boyfriend have this goal now to go for a long walk every weekend when possible.

    Tara | Headline Beauty xox

    1. Aw thank you lovely! Good luck with your weight loss, you can do it! :) xx


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