Slim down and feel great with these unconventional weight loss secrets.
Weight loss is a loaded term and psychologically complex issue, I know.
Still, weight loss is also something many of us strive for, and if we go about it in a healthy and balanced way, we’re not wrong to do so. A healthy bodyweight is, after all, healthy. And with generous helpings of patience, self-love, and self-care, we can absolutely discover and maintain the weight our body most wants to be.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled my nine favorite weight loss tips, which range from totally magical to sort of mundane.
Please keep in mind that I’m sharing weight loss tips that work for me. Everyone’s body is different, and I certainly don’t mean to imply that every one of these will work for everyone.
1. Get a (REALLY) Good Water Filter
As I’m sure you’ve read and heard a million times, drinking lots of water is one of the best possible things for weight loss (and your health in general). But what I didn’t fully realize until Ted (boyfriend) got the reverse osmosis water filter pictured above was that the quality of your water filter makes a huge difference. Before, I thought water was mostly just water, so a Britta from the drugstore was just fine. Actually, though, really and truly clean water (like water filtered with reverse osmosis) tastes wayyyyyyy better, which helps you drink way more. Not only that, but I used to get this mysterious thing called water nausea, which involved me feeling slightly nauseated when I drank water later in the day (weird, I know). But guess what? I haven’t had it for years… For exactly all the years that we’ve been using this filter. Coincidence? Maybe, but I think not. (The filter does require a tiny bit of maintenance, but it’s still much less expensive than buying bottled water.)
2. Eat Clean
Clean eating is one of those weight loss buzz terms that means different things to different people. To me, it means eating a diet made up of pretty much just whole fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, beans, and grains. I add sweeteners of any kind only rarely, and even go light on the caffeine (tea seems to be agreeing with me much more than coffee these days). My produce aisle shopping is very extensive. As a vegan, I do incorporate some processed vegan meats into my diet (like Beyond Chicken and Quorn burgers), but most of the prepared products I buy are made up of clean, simple ingredients.
3. Hang Out With a Fluorite
Fluorite has a clean, focused energy that supports weight loss from a number of angles. First, it helps us stick to our positive habits, such as exercise and healthy eating. Second, it fills us with vitality and enthusiasm so we feel good about the changes we’re making. And third, on the vibrational level, it helps us feel minty-fresh like we just brushed our teeth or stepped out of the shower. This fuels our confidence and self-esteem, and inspires us to take even better care of ourselves than ever before. (Please note that fluorites appear in different colors than the one pictured, such as deeper teal green and vibrant purple.)
4. Drink a Green Protein Smoothie
I love making one of my six meals (yes, six – see below) a green protein smoothie. It’s so nourishing, so satisfying, and accomplishes so many nutritional goals in one go. And nutrient density definitely helps with weight loss.
Here’s one of my favorites:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon Udo’s DHA Oil Blend
One scoop Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Powder
A whole bunch of organic baby spinach or rainbow chard (I fill up the blender pretty much the rest of the way)
5. Eat 6 Meals a Day
Remember how I said not all of these weight loss tips will work for everyone? This is one of those instances. I’m pretty sure how many meals your body prefers is a super personal thing. Still, I want to share because it has been such a breakthrough for me. Ever since I tried Fitnessblender’s vegan meal plan, I’ve been eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones, and it’s made all the difference in my energy level, digestion, and overall comfort around food. Before I had this breakthrough, I was on a constant roller coaster between starving and uncomfortably stuffed, and it led me to dread meal planning. Now, I feel generally excited and enthusiastic about food, considering that I’m never stuffed, but that I always know that my next meal is always right around the corner. In the past, I would have assumed that six meals would lend itself to weight gain rather than weight loss. But (for me at least) it’s just the opposite.
6. Discover Fitnessblender
Speaking of Fitnessblender: Fitnessblender! Fitnessblender, you guys. Have you found them yet? (Actually, chances are good that you have, as they have over 5 million Youtube subscribers.) This wife and husband team is doing something truly awesome: making fitness accessible and affordable. In addition to their hundreds of free workout videos, they have a feature where you can find exactly what you’re looking for, as well as 4 or 8 week programs that essentially behave like a virtual personal trainer, giving your assignments for the day (via your personalized, online calendar), and demonstrating exactly how to do them. While the programs do cost money, an entire month or two is not more than the cost of a single workout DVD. So it’s beyond reasonable. And, of course, nothing supports sustainable weight loss like staying active and strong.
7. Clear Your Clutter
As I discuss in this post about magical ways to support weight loss, clearing your clutter – particularly the clutter in your closet and your kitchen – is an extremely effective way to support weight loss. You see, clutter in your home (stuff you don’t love, use, or need), always always indicates and holds in place clutter in your mind, body, and emotions. It’s a holistic thing: lightening up in your home helps you lighten up in every other way. If you don’t believe me, try it! I predict you’ll quickly notice how much easier it is to lose weight when your clutter is cleared.
8. Sleep Well
Recently, my boyfriend Ted watched this episode of the Joe Rogan Experience with neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker, which led me to read Matthew Walker’s bestselling book, Why We Sleep, which launched me on this whole, huge thing about sleep. You see, sleep is way, way more important than we ever realized. A good night’s sleep actually benefits every single thing in your life and health more than anything else. This includes weight loss. When we are sleep deprived (which it turns out most people are), we get way hungrier way more often, so we are way more likely to overeat and to make food decisions that are not the best. So if you want to lose weight, you must prioritize sleep. Give it time, space, and lots and lots of good habits (such as not looking at computer screens before bed, not drinking a ton of caffeine, and keeping your bedroom super comfortable and calming). Oh, and here are 9 Crystals That Help You Sleep.
9. Invest in Some Jasmine Absolute
For many, many years now, the scent of jasmine has been one of my go-to magical weight loss aids. I like to add the scent to my body lotion, put it in my bath, or simply waft it under my nose to support self-love and positive health choices. There’s something about it. It brings me into my body in a way that causes me to treasure myself and honor the fact that I’m a physical being. It curbs negative self-talk and reminds me of the sweetness of life. All of these qualities combine to help me honor my health and fitness goals in the most positive possible way.
Did you try any of these weight loss tips? Or are you planning to? Please share your thoughts in the comments.