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10 Great Recipes To Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey

If you’re serious about your weight loss journey, then you have to kickstart it to make the best initial progress while also laying the foundations of long-term good habits.

Not only am I going to give you 10 great recipes to kickstart your weight loss journey right now, I’m going to tell you why it’s important to underpin them, and how to do so.

It’s about so much more than just picking good foods and eating in a calorie deficit. Doing so becomes tougher week on week, until inevitably, most people start to slip.

So start with a plan, start with great foods, know how to mix things up, and put things in place before accelerating your progress. Let’s talk you through structuring the start of your weight loss journey right now.

Why It’s Important To Start With A Brilliant Weight Loss Plan

Your enthusiasm and drive to lose weight and get better will drag you through the first month, and possibly even longer.

You’ve probably done this before, or even just heard about it, but it gets tougher much faster as the weight comes off.

Once the initial easy to lose weight comes off through just changing your diet and being a bit more self-aware about calories and moving each day, it gets tougher and tougher.

Unless you’ve got a great mindset, and plenty of ideas for exercise, weight loss food plans, and motivation, then you will start to struggle until you stall and regress.

But don’t worry, because just by putting a few simple things in place before you start your journey, you can stand far more chance of making it a permanent lifestyle change.

Remember, it’s better to lose a little continuously, than it is to blast away the first stone of weight and then struggle and regress. That leads to despair, which leads to low mood, which puts you right back in the comfort eating hell again.

Portion Control And Overall Calorie Intake Monitoring Are Crucial To Success

The easy part is creating meals that not only deliver your nutritional needs, but that fill you up for hours, and that help stave off hunger.

The tough part is sticking to calorie control, and even tougher for some people is portion control.

A great tip is to buy a smaller plate. Or put food in bowls. Anything you can to make it look full, but for there actually to be less than you would usually eat.

Let’s make things easy by giving you some tips on portion control and calorie monitoring:

  • Always have a food diary
  • Calculate the exact calorie count (don’t estimate)
  • Factor in everything you eat and drink during the day
  • Use a smaller plate or bowl
  • Weigh your food or use measuring cups
  • Never have seconds
  • Always wait 30 minutes before deciding if you are hungry
  • When you feel hunger signals start by drinking water

Hydration is an important one. When you are thirsty it can sometimes be misconstrued as hunger signals, which makes people eat rather than drink. Sip water steadily through the day.

You should always try and eat foods which are natural. That means ingredients that you construct into meals yourself, rather than processed or prepared foods.

But where you do have to buy packets of food, make sure you check the labels in detail for the calorie information, and how those calories are stored and delivered.

When you eat out, portion control can go out the window. Avoid those bowls of bread many restaurants put on the table. Go for the low calorie options, don’t overdo the alcohol.

I’m telling you, if you keep a food diary and do what I’ve just mentioned above for the first month, not only will you find it easier as your experience and control grows, but you are putting in place fantastic foundations for a longer and more positive weight loss journey.

Don’t Forget To Burn Calories Through Exercise

I know that you know you need to exercise more if you are going to be successful at burning calories and keeping the weight off.

But most people hit the ground running, literally, as many times as they can, jumping around like lunatics to workout videos, hitting the gym with expensive memberships, until they literally burn out in a few weeks.

That, along with the dramatic cutting calories, is just too much.

What you should be doing is ramping up steadily, not letting things slide after an initial rocket. It’s better to start slow and build up a solid routine and regime each week, where you underpin what you do with new knowledge and high levels of energy, than to just go nuts.

Before you spend money on the gym, make sure you are walking a good 2 miles each day. Make sure you are walking up and down stairs, shunning the car, cycling where possible.

Put in place lifestyle changes before you start crazily burning calories because that will be far better for the long term.

Just as with food intake, changing your attitude to mobility and natural calorie burning is just as important as structured exercise and making things complex.

Here are the healthy physical habits you need to think about putting in place even before you start your calorie controlled journey:

  • Start small so you don’t overwhelm yourself
  • Stop taking the bus or using your car where possible
  • Walk or cycle whenever you can
  • Aim for 30 minutes of light exercise per day (which can mean brisk walking)
  • Team up with a friend to relieve boredom and push yourselves collectively
  • Use a tracking app to help monitor your progress and push yourself

Here’s The 10 Best Recipes To Create A Potent Weight Loss Kickstarting Blend

Now we’ve covered some details around making sure that your weight loss journey starts with the embedding of fantastic attitudes and knowledge, rather than just going crazy and trying to burn as many calories while eating as little as possible, let’s look at 10 fantastic recipes.

These recipes are really easy to make, and have great reasons for using them. Just learning these 10, and mixing them up, will allow you to start building your own more complex healthy diet for the long term.

Remember, it’s not just about eating well, it’s about gaining knowledge around food. Spotting those hidden calories, knowing how to rustle up good food at short notice, preparing so that you don’t make poor food choices because you are tired or busy.

1. Greek Salad

Reason for including it:

Greek salad is low in calories and high in fiber due to its fresh vegetables (like tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers) and even olives. The protein from feta cheese and the healthy fats from olives take longer to burn and will keep you going for hours.

Recipe:

A classic Greek salad includes tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a simple olive oil and lemon dressing.

 

2. Chicken and Tarragon Omelet

Reason:

Eggs are a great source of protein, and tarragon adds flavor without adding extra calories. Protein helps maintain muscle mass during weight loss.

Recipe:

Whisk the eggs, add in the cooked chicken, tarragon, and any veggies you like. Cook in a non-stick pan until set. Don’t be afraid of using the eggs. Use three or four, just enough for you to feel very full after eating this.

3. Smoked Salmon Open-Topped Sandwich

Reason:

Smoked salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart and brain health and may help with weight loss by reducing inflammation levels.

Recipe:

Top some wholegrain bread with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and fresh dill. Resist the urge to make it into a proper sandwich, because sandwiches are part of bad health choices, due to the amount of bread and immediacy.

4. Curried Chicken and Rice Salad

Reason:

Good quality chicken provides significant protein, and the curry spices boost metabolism if used liberally. Brown rice adds fiber and keeps you full. You should be looking to make a permanent and complete switch to both wholegrain rice and pasta.

Recipe:

Mix cooked chicken, wholegrain (brown) rice, chopped veggies, and lashings of mild curry powder. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.

5. Healthy Granola with Berry Compote

Reason: Homemade granola with oats, nuts, and seeds is a filling breakfast. Berries are low in calories and high in antioxidants. You can also make these as a healthy snack for when you are struggling, they are incredibly filling and will get you through some of those early rough stages.

Recipe: Make your own granola by mixing oats, nuts, seeds, and a touch of honey. Bake in the oven on a low heat for around 15 minutes. Serve with a berry compote.

6. Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils and Tahini Yogurt

Reason:

Cauliflower is low in calories and high in fiber. Fiber is essential because it fills you up and keeps your bowels healthy, and keeps you having regular bowel movements which can be a problem when you suddenly cut out food. Lentils provide plant-based protein, and tahini yogurt adds healthy fats.

Recipe: Roast cauliflower with spices, serve with cooked lentils, and drizzle with tahini yogurt sauce.

7. Poached Eggs with Avocado

Reason:

Avocado provides healthy fats and fiber, and, hey, it’s trendy. Poached eggs are a protein-packed breakfast option.

Recipe:

Poach eggs and serve them on wholegrain toast with sliced avocado and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

8. Overnight Oats

Reason:

Oats are rich in soluble fiber, which helps control hunger. Overnight oats are convenient and very customizable.

Recipe:

Mix rolled oats with milk or yogurt, add chia seeds, and let it sit overnight. Top with fruits and nuts in the morning. Alternatively, once mixed, bake in the oven for around 10 – 15 minutes instead.

 

9. Bean and Rice Burrito

Reason:

Beans are high in protein and fiber, and should be mixed into as many meals as you can get them into. Wholegrain rice provides complex carbs and together, they keep you full.

Recipe:

Fill a wholegrain tortilla with cooked beans, brown rice, salsa, and sweet vegetables.

10. Apple, Pear, and Berry Bircher

Reason:

Bircher muesli is a Swiss-style oatmeal that’s soaked overnight. It’s packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Recipe:

Mix rolled oats, grated apple, pear, berries, and yogurt. Let it sit overnight and enjoy in the morning. As with the other overnight oats recipe, you can alternatively mix it up and then immediately bake it, to create a very warm and satisfying alternative.

How Should The First Month Of Your New Lifestyle Look?

It’s better to start seriously, but small-scale, then to go in all guns blazing and fail.

Remember, you’re trying to put in place the foundations of long-term changes in both your attitude to food, and exercise.

That means every single choice you make, everything you eat. And when you fail, that you have the energy and time to address that, and correct it.

So go slow. The first couple of weeks you’re going to lose weight, because it’s inevitable. But if you go in all guns blazing and lose a lot, then it will feel deflating when it almost completely stops after the first month.

Remember as well that your body will react if you go too fast and start trying to hoard calories in its body fat, it will go into starvation mode if you are too aggressive.

It’s better to consistently lose just one or 2 pounds per week from the first week, than to lose three or 4 pounds per week and then trail off.

Don’t set weight loss goals, just try to consistently lose something each week, so that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself and won’t get to deflated if there is a week when you lose nothing at all, which will happen as time goes on.

Also, you need to give your stomach time to adjust. Don’t cut out all the food immediately, because you’ll just be ravenous and struggle more. Cut down your portions and eat better just a little, and ramp that up over the first month as well, to give your body and brain time to adjust to the new reality little by little.