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How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way

We all know that TRUE beauty comes from within; however, it’s very important to take care of our bodies. God gave each of us a body so that we can fulfill our purpose, and in order to do this, we have to be health conscious.

Part of this includes maintaining a healthy weight. This is important not for the sake of appearance, but to be healthy enough to effectively answer our calling.

Please know that I’m in NO way picking on girls who are struggling with their weight. In fact, at my heaviest weight, I weighed more than 350 pounds. Even now I struggle with keeping my weight under control. However, I understand how important it is to be healthy, so I’d like to take a moment to share some healthy weight loss tips:

  • Change your thinking! Losing weight doesn’t mean “dieting,” but instead means changing your lifestyle. If you view the process as a diet, then it’ll seem like a detestable task. However, if you view it as a lifestyle change, then you’ll begin to focus on the benefits of being healthy. Viewing it as healthy living rather than losing weight allows you to focus on changing your life, not changing your appearance.
  • Keep in mind that your body is God’s temple. When you remind yourself that The Holy Spirit, GOD HIMSELF, lives inside of you, it’ll be easier to stay health conscious. Since your body belongs to God, doesn’t it make sense to honor it?
  • Drink more water. Many people will say to make sure that you drink a certain amount of water daily; however, what I’ll say is to increase your water consumption. If you feel like you have to drink a certain amount, then it’ll feel like a burden. However, if you view it as making positive changes, you’ll be focused on lifestyle changes instead. Here’s a strategy: “Forget” your drink on purpose. I rarely bring a drink with me to work so that it forces me to drink water when I’m thirsty.
  • Drink 100% fruit juice. When you do drink other beverages, make sure it’s 100% fruit juice. This eliminates all of the sugars other beverages include. Flavored water is another decent option, but it doesn’t replace plain water.
  • Begin your morning with fruit and nuts. Eating breakfast helps curb cravings and holds you over until lunch time. I find that fruit combined with nuts (or peanut butter) keeps me full ALL morning. Sometimes I’m not even hungry at lunch.
  • Keep healthy snacks with you. When you have healthy snacks, it’s easier to say “no” to the other unhealthy options around you. Raw veggies, fruit, and nuts are GREAT snacks.
  • Avoid processed foods. Try your best to eat natural foods. Frozen, processed, and fast foods are unhealthy and will quickly pack on the weight.
  • Combine your food. I find that even when I have an urge to eat something unhealthy, if I pair it with something healthy, like raw veggies, I don’t eat as much.
  • Exercise regularly. Even if it’s a quick walk during recess, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking the car far from the entrance to a store, get in as much exercise as you can. I recommend scheduling some specific exercise time so that you can do SOMETHING, even if it’s just a couple of laps around the driveway. Try to make it fun!

Do you have any tips to add?

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22 Comments

  1. mkay77

    Posted by mkay77 on July 25, 2013 at 16:56

    A little late, but I’m still going to comment one more thing; I found this to be ESPECIALLY handy as the weather becomes hotter: going to the fridge and getting pounds of ice cream is super tempting, but freezing fruit can be an amazing alternative! My personal favorites are strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and GRAPES, but I’ve seen more fruit like bananas to be frozen! Such a great alternative! A friend showed me it, and now I eat pounds of “superfruit” frozen 😀

    • Coquaru

      Posted by Coquaru on July 12, 2017 at 20:59

      That sounds like such a good idea! I’m going to try freezing fruit now, thanks!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Katekatecupecake on July 24, 2013 at 16:59

    Awesome tips! I find it easier to workout with a good friend! 😀

  3. ceejay

    Posted by ceejay on July 8, 2013 at 10:25

    This article is perfect for me!
    It’s good to realize that it’s all about changing my lifestyle. Also, all the tips are helpful too, like not weighing yourself, so the focus is not about the numbers.
    Thanks 🙂

  4. naynay141516

    Posted by naynay141516 on July 7, 2012 at 15:43

    I am on the journey to a lifestyle change. I walk three and a half miles a day with my mom. I’ve found out that if you move your arms while you walk, you get a better workout out of it.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by ChloChlo23 on May 1, 2012 at 11:32

    Always try to eat 100% organic food; all natural doesn’t mean that the food is organic. God’s original diet plan for us was actually vegan in the Garden of Eden.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Yvonne on April 11, 2012 at 15:39

    These are great tips, I find it easier to lose weight when I stop consintrating on my physical appearence and just think about being healthier.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by lotroxs on March 5, 2012 at 07:00

    Another tip to add on fruit juice. If it’s pasteurized, it’s about as bad as drinking sugar. All of the nutrients have been eliminated and replaced by chemicals to preserve the drink. So in reality, the “100% juices” you see in stores are actually processed foods. If you’re going to drink any juice, only drink freshly squeezed but in small amounts.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Chasity on March 2, 2012 at 20:25

    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE TIPS.I WILL DEFINITLY USE THEM.AND I’LL GIVE THEM TO SOME OF MY FRIENDS.THANK YOU!!!:)

  9. tyt_s

    Posted by tyt_s on March 2, 2012 at 08:56

    great article! I agree that it is important to lose weight healthily. good habits and exercise do work. and don’t skip meat or else you’ll be losing muscle instead of fat, which is not good. just keep a BALANCED diet

  10. lindsay.marie

    Posted by lindsay.marie on March 1, 2012 at 22:25

    I find that drinking green tea curbs cravings.. It works for me anyway! And green tea is good for you too! So next time you have a craving for something, i suggest a cup of gren tea! And if you don’t drink it, remember, when you have a craving, it does go away, don’t give in to the temptation!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by QuannasLove on March 1, 2012 at 14:22

    This is about being healthy, so I’m guessing it’s a given not to starve yourself. Here’s a tip that I’ve found useful: You always need to eat breakfast, even if it’s something small, because then you’re body will realize you’re not starving to death and will begin burning fat.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bekahnut1 on March 1, 2012 at 05:37

    Wow! Perfect timing! Thank you so much!

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by emachic on March 1, 2012 at 03:11

    Hey guys! Great article Nicole! About the fruit juice, fruit is plentiful in vitamins but also has a lot of natural sugar. The sugar causes you blood sugar to go way up and then you crash. This is a very easy way to gain weight. Me and my brother always drank orange juice in the morning/ but when we switched to skim milk or water, we already saw a different in our weight! Fruit juice should only be a once and a while beverage.

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gods Little Ewe on February 29, 2012 at 18:14

    I love these tips! They are all terrific! I actually had been trying to figure out some ways to be healthier. I’m sure God had something to do about this being put up at this time. 😉

    One tip I would add, is to write down EVERYTHING you eat. Put down weather you ate it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Also put down what day you ate it. It really helps to be able to see what choices you are making – and what you need to improve. It also is a great thing to do with a friend, that way you each hold each other accountable to your food choices.

  15. kara719

    Posted by kara719 on February 29, 2012 at 17:38

    I agree. when i workout i remind myself i’m not doing it to be stick thin i am doing it so i am healthy. We should take care of the body God gave us. I never cared when i was younger, but during senior year it all changed. I chose better foods played soccer and in the end i felt a lot better! I enjoy my walks outside when it’s nice. I walk a mile and I get to spend alone time with God 🙂

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by Nisa on February 29, 2012 at 15:59

    Here’s a couple of things!! Snacking too much will not help! Instead eat full meals and not tiny ones so that you won’t get cravings during the day! And if you reeaaallllyyyy want a snack…..eat an apple, something healthy, or pop a stick of gum if necessary! And finally, eating late at night is not good for you. Try not to eat later than 8 o clock at night! (Also if you are sitting watching tv, make use of that time and do some exercises….sleeping burns more calories than sitting and watching t.v. by the way.)

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Jesscka87 on March 17, 2012 at 12:21

      Actually, you should eat six smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to three big meals because it helps keep your blood sugar level and you aren’t likely to eat too much when it comes to your next meal. I lost 35 pounds this way.

  17. trumpetchick

    Posted by trumpetchick on February 29, 2012 at 08:04

    Great tips 🙂 I learned that cutting out soda really helps. I’ve lost some weight because of it and my face has also started clearing up. While exercising, listen to some upbeat music; it will motivate you more. Don’t ever starve yourself; it’ll slow down your metabolism and will actually make you gain weight rather than lose it. If you’re hungry, eat. Exercise with some friends if you can. They can encourage you and it’s more fun.

  18. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 28, 2012 at 20:47

    It’s been really hard to lose weight,so this really helps! Another tip would be pray and ask God to help you.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by UntoldPromises on February 28, 2012 at 18:19

    Thanks for the tips 🙂
    Another tip is NOT to skip meals.
    It actually makes you GAIN weight instead of LOSING it because your body goes in shock and turns into “survival mode” to keep you alive. The body will then slow down your metabolism (which is what you have to burn calories), making it harder to burn! It will also start eating muscle instead of the fat on your belly, so NEVER skip meals, you actually gain weight.

    Another tip I found out is stop weighing yourself. Of course you’re not going to weigh the same as yesterday, because of water retention. If you want to get rid of water retention, drink more (to flush out all the blocked fluids) and eat less salt! 😀

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kate on February 28, 2012 at 16:57

    Good article…I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time now, and it’s really hard. While I don’t reccomend reading Seventeen (I only picked it up for the makeup and hair tips at the library while waiting for my ride) there was actually a really good article in this month’s issue by Jordin Sparks about weight loss: 1. was about how not to expect all your life’s problems to go away, 2. was about how it is difficult it actually is, and 3. was about to be aware of people’s comments to you after and how they’re going to make you feel like you weren’t beautiful before.