You know you want to lose weight and eat healthier, but how do you start? We want to help you kickstart your weight loss journey by losing that first 5kg.
Knowing that you want to make a change can be extremely overwhelming. The more you think about it, the less likely it seems that it’s even possible to shift the excess kilos.
The important thing is that you take it step-by-step. Healthy weight loss is a jog, not a race. It’s a long-term lifestyle overhaul, not a crash diet.
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Here are some top tips on how to start your weight loss journey and lose the first 5kg whilst staying motivated for the long haul.
10 tips to help you drop your first 5kg
1. Break it down
If you would like to lose 20kg in 12 months, don’t keep telling yourself ‘I need to lose 20kg’. Instead, break this major goal down into a monthly goal of 2.5 – 5kg which will then build up to the larger goal.
If you take it in small steps it won’t seem so overwhelming and every time you reach a mini-milestone, make sure you celebrate.
This will motivate you to keep going. Finally, after hitting each of your goals over a period of time, you will eventually hit your big milestone.
2. Start buying healthy things in the supermarket
It is going to be really tough to kick off your new healthy eating plan if your cupboards, fridge and freezer are all full of chocolate biscuits, soft drinks, ice cream and doughnuts.
Be kind to yourself, and get rid of anything that could possibly derail your weight loss plans.
Swap white bread for wholemeal and junk food for vegetables. Get rid of all of the chocolates, biscuits, ice cream, soft drinks and chips and instead make your own healthier snacks.
With all the unhealthy items gone, you will be less likely to consume them and instead opt for more nutritious food when you feel peckish.
If other people in your household keep anything that could tempt you in the house, make sure it is in a cupboard out of sight so that you don’t have to look at it all the time.
3. Meal prep
The Healthy Man 28 Day Fitness Challenge eBook includes a meal planner that you can tailor so you can use similar ingredients each week, and this also helps keep the cost of groceries down. Losing that first 5kg will be made just a little easier when you prep and plan healthy meals.
Customise your meal plan around what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboards.
Like we mentioned above, you’re more likely to eat unhealthily – order a pizza or buy a burger while you are on your lunch break – if you haven’t prepared your meals for the week.
By meal planning, not only do you have healthy food available in the fridge and freezer, but it’s also a form of portion control. When you cook for each meal, you may overcook and then go back to the pot and eat the rest. Subconsciously, you could end up overeating.
Snacks are often the easiest meals to make in bulk, particularly when you’re time-poor.
Weighing yourself daily can set you up in a negative cycle of ‘today is a bad day because I put on 600g since yesterday’.
Your body weight can fluctuate wildly due to things like fluid retention when you’ve drunk more water than usual on a hot day.
We recommend you weigh in every couple of weeks or even once a month and not rely on just the scales. Use a tape measure to measure your body, as the scales can be deceptive, especially if you’ve built up muscle because muscle weighs more than fat.
You might also want to take your photo in the same clothes and same position once a month and use that as a way to see how far you’ve come.
7. Find a buddy
Find a friend to be your weight loss buddy. This way you can keep each other motivated and inspired. This could be a work colleague, a neighbour, your partner, a relative or a good friend.
Make sure to communicate your goals to each other as this will help keep you both accountable. You can also then have someone to celebrate with when you lose that first 5kg, 10kg and hit your weight loss goal!
Or why not jump onto our Facebook support group and see if you can find a buddy there to help keep you honest? You can send each other private messages or even texts if you felt that this could be helpful.
8. Use our Healthy Man Meal Replacement shake as a meal replacement
Not everyone feels hungry in the morning, but instead of skipping breakfast, you can start off your day with a Healthy Man Meal Replacement shake.
Unlike other weight loss shakes, our meal replacement shakes are not only nutritionally beneficial and but super tasty according to these men.
These shakes have been carefully formulated, and they’re all-natural, do not contain caffeine, artificial sweeteners, colours, fillers, chemicals or preservatives and are also low in sugar.
Don’t rush into the exercises if you’ve not worked out in a while.
Start off slow and commit to just 10 minutes of exercise per day for your first few days.
Often, you will find that once you start moving you will feel like going for longer. From there, you can ramp it up with longer walks, or try some swimming, jogging, an exercise class or maybe even some skipping in the backyard.
10. Allocate time
You may feel like you have no time in your schedule, but there is always time.
If you take a few hours to meal prep on a Sunday, then this frees you up in the evenings for the rest of the week. Plus you can do lunges while you cook.
Leave the house a little earlier so you can walk to your destination instead of taking the car.
You can even use your children as weights while you are playing with them. Even if it’s just 10 or 20 minutes a day, try and find the time to get moving.
You’ll feel better for it and you will see results faster. Good luck with losing your first 5kg. You can do this!
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