3 key things you can implement today to start your weight loss journey - Bean

1. Stop blaming other people and take responsibility for yourself

Before anyone can embark on a fat loss journey, or any journey for that matter that requires a focused change, you must first take a long hard look at yourself and decide AM I READY?

Time and time again we come across many a folk who can talk the talk really well, but when it actually comes to walking the walk, it ends up being more of a short stroll.

You see, it’s very easy to find something or someone else to blame your failings on, from the biscuits in the office, to the drinks at a dinner party at the weekend or even the tiredness at the end of a long day.

But if you are really ready to make a change to your health, none of these things will matter. You will demonstrate behaviours that don’t allow such things to become barriers to your success.

Once you can take ownership of your actions and only be accountable to yourself, then the possibilities are endless.

The theory behind a health change, whether it be fat loss, healthy eating, or any of the metabolic diseases that are becoming more and prevalent in society, is often very simple. It is unfortunately the practice that is a lot more tricky and needs much planning and self motivation to deliver.

Once you have made the decision that you absolutely want this, and that you will be consistent with your new behaviours, that’s when the goal can be achieved and you can feel amazing in the knowledge you have achieved something so amazing!

2. Move more

Seems obvious right? But unfortunately as a population we move less now than we ever have. We have become inherently lazy in our daily habits.

If we take the health organisations guidelines on how many steps we should be achieving per day, 10,000 is the figure we should be aspiring to.

Some people who drive to work, sit at a desk all day and then drive home to an evening on the sofa, could quite possibly struggle to even hit 3,000 steps.

Fitness trackers are a fantastic way of becoming aware of just how much you are or aren’t moving, and they don’t have to cost the earth like you might think.

Where most people go wrong to start with, is that they think they have to go from zero to exercise hero straight away. Yes, eventually it should be an aim to partake in regular structured exercise a few times of week, but start slowly.

A simple 20 minute walk, if you do nothing currently, is fantastic place to start. The key thing is to find something that suits you, and that you enjoy enough that you could continue it long term as part of your lifestyle.

But it’s the little things that can all add up. Walk to a colleague instead of sending an email, take the stairs, eat your sandwich whilst walking on your lunch break.

As a team, here at Bean HQ we understand that everyone is different, and that’s what makes us all so amazing. YOU ARE AMAZING, your body can do amazing things. Empower yourself and start making a difference to your health, let your body achieve amazing things.

3. Eat colourful food – And we don’t mean sweets!!

Next time you have a meal, have a look down and see how many colours you can see. How many fantastic, vibrant colours coming from a variety of different food groups can you see?

If the answer is not many, and the majority of what you can see is beige and brown then its likely that you are not getting the nourishment from your food that you body really requires in order to achieve a multitude of goals, from fat loss to general overall health.

We are firm believers that you are what you eat, and you get out what you put in. What we mean by this is that if typically you live off cereal, crisps, dull sandwiches, processed meals etc then you are getting very few essential minerals and vitamins that the body requires to function properly. Energy levels will be low, and lead to low motivation to move which is a cycle many can, and have, fallen into.

Eat more vegetables, fruit, whole foods. These are the foods that contain all those vital minerals and vitamins.

So next time you plan your meal, bring the vibrant greens, oranges, yellows to your plate and start making the key steps towards a healthier you, a you that both you and your loved ones can be proud of.