Earlier on in my blog, I did a post about all my must have foods. I thought it would be a good idea to continue that idea into a post about my must have tools to success. These five things have literally been a big part of the reason I’ve been so successful.
If you’re interested in losing weight, I really can’t stress enough how important it is to stay active. Even if you’re just walking a lot, you’ll still burn calories and still lose weight. I really enjoy my FitBit, especially because I’m pretty competitive. I always try to get my 10,000 steps, and I think that’s been a big factor in my success. Even if it’s 11 at night and I still need 2,000 steps. I will walk in place until I get them. It helps hold me accountable for my activity level and pushes me to beat my own personal records.
I really don’t see how you can be successful doing this without tracking your food. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. In high school I would just try to “eat healthy” without thinking about portion sizes; it might work for a little while, but it’s so easy to go overboard on “healthy snacks” and still be eating more calories than you’re burning. Tracking your food really puts into perspective how not worth it junk food is. It’s literally empty calories that do nothing for your body. Now don’t get me wrong, I eat junk food during my cheat meals, but to me, it’s just not worth it to be hungry again 30 minutes later after eating a bunch of chips.
- Food scale
If you’re looking to lose weight you need a food scale. You would be surprised about how big or small an ounce is, which is a common serving size for a lot of snacks. I use it to weigh basically everything, from cheese, snacks, meats, salad toppings, granola, cereal. Basically, anything you can think of, weigh it. The way I see it is that you want to get the most out of your serving size. It really does help keep your portion sizes in check. They’re pretty reasonably prices as well. I just got mine from Walmart for around $20. So go get one asap, if you’re wanting to start a weight loss journey!
- Cute water bottle or cup
I think this belongs on the list because water seriously helps so much. Drinking enough water, even if you aren’t trying to lose weight is important. However, I think it’s even more important when you’re on a weight loss journey. It helps keep your body all cleaned out and it also helps with cravings. Drinking it out of a cute cup or bottle always helps me want to drink water. I think having something cute to drink out of makes it into a more fun process.
- Measuring cups and spoons
These are also an important part of portion control. I’m pretty sure before this journey I would actually eat like 4 tablespoons of peanut butter instead of the serving size of 2 tablespoons. It’s so easy to try to guess a serving size, but you’re probably gonna be wrong. Just take a measuring utensil and get it done, it’ll show on the scale when you’ve lost for that week. Portion sizes are everything.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without these 5 tools. If you’re missing one of them you should probably endeavor to include it into your routine. You’ll be surprised about how much it helps make things easier.
I would love to hear everyone’s must have weight loss tools! Let me know in the comments below!