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Eat a Balanced Diet

Consuming too few calories can leave you feeling deprived, lethargic, and unhappy - none of which is a recipe for success. "Starving yourself can also result in a slowed metabolism, making weight loss more difficult," Becky said. "It's best not to go longer than four to five hours without something to eat, be it a meal or a snack."

This includes starting your day with a healthy breakfast, which when eaten within an hour of waking can jump-start your metabolism, Becky explained. "Selecting a balanced breakfast that includes healthy fat, sufficient protein, and whole grains will provide energy and a feeling of satiety, which may prevent overeating later on," she said.

At every meal, "build your diet around nutrient-dense, single-ingredient whole foods like lean meat, fibrous vegetables, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates," Eric added. "Prioritize protein, which helps preserves muscle mass for anyone aiming to improve their body shape rather than just simply losing weight. Women should aim to eat between 20 and 30 grams of protein per meal."

Becky stressed the importance of not cutting out entire categories of foods, which may result in nutrient deficiencies. "Diets that omit whole food groups rarely result in long-term outcomes," she said.

If You Want to Lose Weight, Start With These Expert-Approved Tips (They're So Simple)

The idea of losing weight can feel intimidating and even discouraging, especially if you've tried to do so unsuccessfully before. But getting started will be much less stressful when you manage your expectations and make simple changes, rather than diving into crash diets or punishing workouts.

Becky Kerkenbush, MS, RD, a registered dietitian in Watertown, WI, suggests setting a realistic weight-loss goal of one-half to two pounds per week, and adding a separate goal to the mix to help keep your spirits up when the scale doesn't reflect the work you've put in. "Examples include working to run a mile without stopping or becoming more flexible by starting yoga," Becky told POPSUGAR.

Eric Bowling, an NASM-certified personal trainer at Ultimate Performance in Los Angeles, added that you should also pinpoint your why for any goals you set. "Mindset is everything, and understanding why you want to make any change in the first place is key," Eric said.

"If you just want to lose 10 pounds because you dislike the number you see on the scale, you probably won't stick to your plan for long," he explained. "If you dig deeper and find that losing 10 pounds will make you more confident, a better spouse, more energetic, or able to do athletic events again, you will start to grow the driving factor behind what makes you take action." Once you know what you're working toward, these simple steps can help put you on the path to get there.


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