We’re sure this comes as absolutely no surprise to you, but losing weight is hard. Really hard. There are a number of different components to success, from hitting the fitness equipment hard, easing back on foods that aren’t good for you, and eating the right amounts at the right time during the day.

Ultimately, successful weight loss isn’t about just one thing. To achieve your fitness goals, a number of pieces need to fit into the puzzle. Also, since everyone is physically different, what works for one person might not necessarily work for another. The trick is to be patient, be flexible, and keep reading. We’ll share a few more tips with you and, over time, you’ll look good and feel even better.

  • What you eat is as important as how much you eat. Many of us eat too many foods that are high in fat. For example, we need our diet to be comprised of about 10%15-% worth of fat, but too many of us eat foods daily that push our fat consumption over 40%. Foods that are deep-fried and oily have lots of fat, and they can slow down your metabolism, as well as being generally unhealthy.
  • You’ve probably heard of trigger warnings. Believe it or not, but there’s such a thing as trigger foods. These are foods that, once you start eating them, you might binge on instead of eating responsible amounts. You might eat an entire bag of chips or polish off a box of candy in one sitting. For now, it’s best to cut those foods out entirely, and take steps to avoid them while you’re losing weight. In time, the temptation will pass, and you might find some of those sugary treats too sweet for your liking.
  • Fluid intake is a big deal, but you need to make sure you’re drinking the right fluids. Ideally, you want to be drinking about 8 glasses of water daily. This keeps you hydrated, and water ensures that your body burns calories efficiently. On the flip side, cut out sodas entirely. They have no nutritional value whatsoever, and they can actually encourage you to eat worse.
  • Weight loss takes place depending on how many calories you ingest and how many calories you burn. To jump start the process, make sure you’re exercising for at least 30 minutes daily. A trainer or a partner can provide you with the motivation you need. Think you don’t have time to set aside a measly half hour? Then weight loss isn’t a real priority.
  • When you are exercising, make sure to perform a variety of routines. First, it will prevent you from getting bored and wanting to quit. Second, by working out and building up your muscles all over your body, you’ll gain an extra advantage. When you have more muscles, your BMR will rise. When it rises, you’ll burn a larger amount of calories daily. We’re not saying you need to become a weightlifter, but if you can build up as much musculature as possible, you’ll actually be burning calories even when you’re resting.