5 Tips to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

This post on how to lose weight is a part of our second-annual New Year, New Rear Week to help you to be fitter, healthier and a touch (okay, a lot!) more awesome in 2015. Read all New Year, New Rear posts here!


This time of year, almost everyone is looking to lose a few pounds. Whether it’s the couple of extra holiday cookies you nibbled on or the workouts you missed for those fun Christmas parties, most of us have a few extra pounds that weren’t there at the start of the holiday season. But whether you’ve set a New Year’s resolution to lose 5 pounds or 50, we can help.

See, for most, this time of year is about getting back on track and taking things away rather than how we like to see it—adding more awesome to your life. With that in mind, we’ve put together five easy steps that will help you lose the weight for good without losing your mind.

How to Lose Weight Easily

1. Weigh yourself, and then give up the obsession. The scale can be a great weight-loss tool, but it can also be a huge self-esteem crusher when you don’t see your changes reflected on the scale as quickly as you’d like. We’re firm believers that the number on the scale should never determine your self worth, so this New Year, weigh yourself once to get a starting weight, and then put the darn thing in the closet for at least a week, maybe two or three. Invest in a body tape measuring tool, too, so that you can take measurements every other week to see how much your body is really changing. Ya’ll know the scale isn’t the whole story, as it can greatly fluctuate based on what foods you eaten, sodium intake and how hydrated you are.

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  1. I love all of these! I especially like #2. Sometimes when people decide they are going to eat healthier and exercise they overwhelm themselves with trying to change everything at once. Then if they don’t stick with it they just quit everything. Making small goals every month will help them succeed in whatever goals they have for themselves. That way it’s more of a life change instead of just a “diet”.

  2. Laura @joyful shimmy says:

    This is fantastic. My favorite is the self acceptance ritual. It is so true. Once I started to truly accept myself and love myself then I became ready and willing to make loving nourishing choices that work for me

  3. Betsy says:

    I love it – these are so true and so helpful!

  4. Staying off of the scale is definitely challenging but it is worth it. In addition to weighing myself I do measurements and “before” pictures. I set a timeframe to go back and check my progress – likely a few weeks to one month. The scale can be really deceiving especially if you are building muscle so try not to focus on that number.

  5. Jeanne says:

    Love these! Plus the simplest, but hardest to do it seems, eat less, move more.

  6. lisa says:

    Very good tips, thanks!
    The only thing I would add is to drink a glass of water first before you grab a snack – many people feel hungry or have an appetite, but actually are simply thirsty.

  7. Sue says:

    Love these tips….. its all in the book which i am due to read again for guidance reinforcement and motivation. Loving yourself enough that you want to take care of yourself really strikes a chord with me

  8. Holiday Season, just a couple of weeks ago, had doubled my weight. I have been working my butt off to shed off these extra pounds and this article somewhat answered my questions! Thank you for this great article!

  9. Nora says:

    Excellent tips, thanks for sharing! I love especially tips 1 and 2! I have always done measurable goals which is good but sometimes stressful. Maybe this year I share those goals into months and add something fun and different to everyone of them! 🙂

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

  10. Great tips, love the mindfulness one. I didn’t really think about it until you said that a lot of people love food but eat it as fast as possible which is true for a lot of us!
    I would also suggest following the 80/20 rule.
    Eat healthy 80% of the time and eat what you want 20% of the time.

    This way you will make eating healthy into a lifestyle which means you’ll have less chance to bounce back to your old weight and you’ll also be doing it in a way that doesn’t make you feel like it’s a strict diet where you’re not allowed to have some freedom.

  11. Leslie says:

    Jenn, what a great article and what you wrote is so true! I really love #2. After years of battling with the weight by following the rule of replacing unhealthy things with healthy things, which often-time led to boredom, I eventually figured it’s actually about replacing unhealthy things with healthy things THAT BRINGS PLEASURE. That simple realization helped me turn the tables and win the battle.

    Often time the real wisdom lies in simplicity – not the macros, calorie counting chore, or the treadmill.

    I’ll definitely share this article with friends who need it.

    1. Jenn says:

      Isn’t that simple shift SO powerful?! 🙂 Love it, Leslie!

      —FBG Jenn

  12. Catherine says:

    Lovely post – i’m impressed to follow the content and reduce my pounds. Thanks friend. 🙂