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Simple Changes To Help You Begin Your Weight Loss Journey

With a lot of people setting out to lose weight in 2020, I want help make things a little bit easier if this is all new to you.

While counting your calories may be the most efficient route to take to reach your weight loss goals, it isn’t the only way to go about it. Here are 10 simple changes you can utilize to help you on your journey.

Some of these may seem very obvious, like trying to get more steps in or eating more vegetables. But something that may be less obvious is allowing yourself to eat whatever you want. Of course there is a balance to be had, and you shouldn’t eat a box of cookies every day. But if you are really wanting a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie one day, you should have it. Depriving yourself forever is just not sustainable. As counter-intuitive as it might sound, allowing yourself to eat food you love will help you stay on track.

Liquid calories are where a lot of people get tripped up. It may not seem like much, but the creamer and/or sugar in your coffee can really add up if you have it every day. If sugar substitutes aren’t your thing, try to limit the sweetener you are using and save your calories to fill up with actual food.

I don’t recommend weighing yourself every day. Why? Because it’s a source of stress and discouragement for many. The scale WILL fluctuate, sometimes by 5-10 pounds of water weight, but that’s often a hard pill to swallow. If you find yourself discouraged by the number on the scale, weigh yourself only occasionally to check in on your progress.

And please, if nothing else, just avoid the latest diet “secret”. It’s not real. Patience, consistency, and a caloric deficit: those are your secrets.

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About Matt Rosenman

With over 15 years of experience in health and fitness, Matt Rosenman is the expert voice behind cheatdaydesign.com. Matt’s philosophy is simple: no foods are off-limits, and a healthy lifestyle shouldn't be complicated or restrictive. As a certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in Health Behavioral Sciences, Matt brings well-rounded expertise to his blog. From revamping classic recipes with a nutritious twist to debunking health myths, he guides his readers through the maze of fitness fads with science-backed advice. Featured in major publications and with a strong following on social media, Matt is committed to making “healthy” uncomplicated—proving there's no need for a cheat day when you’re enjoying delicious, better-for-you meals every day. Join Matt on his mission to simplify health without sacrificing flavor. Learn More