You’ve heard the phrases a million times from your “healthy” friends: it’s easy, it’s simple, anyone can do it. Just don’t buy that food. Just go to the gym. Don’t eat. Don’t go to restaurants. Start jogging.
It can be so overwhelming that even if you have the desire to change your bad habits, all of this conflicting information can stop you before you start. The best option is to find someone who’s been through it, who’s struggled to achieve weight loss or start exercising regularly. BuzzFeed did just that (as you’ll see in the video above), and these individuals have some simple, straightforward, digestible advice that’s easy for anyone to follow.
Some of their best tips on starting an exercise routine:
“I’ve tried a lot of different exercises. It takes a while to find something where you’re like, ‘Oooh, this is for me’ and I’m excited.”
“I went from zero to 60. I was going to the gym four-to-five times a week.”
“It’s such a lifestyle change, you have to dig deep and really find what you like.”
CONSENSUS: Find an exercise routine/class/activity that you find exciting and challenging, otherwise you’ll bail out in no time. Stick with it and the results will come.
Some of their best tips on starting to eat healthy:
“I’m going to cook on Saturday, and then I’ll have meals for every day of the week. That takes that decision-making process out of the equation.”
“Anything that’s in a box, get rid of it.”
“Any time I have a weird craving, I try to go to Pinterest and look for something that’s healthier.”
“I take a water bottle around with me everywhere.”
CONSENSUS: Eating healthier takes planning. You’ll need to readjust your cravings, eating habits and food-shopping tendencies. If you approach it as bettering yourself in the long run, it’ll seem like less of an insurmountable challenge and more of a series of tasks you need to accomplish for a healthy life.
Watch the rest of the video, above, for more useful advice.