8. Count Your Calories
If you are on a low-carb diet, the chances are you are going to be on a good calorie deficit. However, calorie counting can give you a better idea of exactly how much weight you are losing weekly and how many calories you are eating in each meal. For example, counting calories will let you know if you are eating too many nuts or too much fruit.
There are several online tools that can give you an idea of how many calories are in your meals, as well as charts, graphs and other fun tools to keep count of your calorie intake. MyPlate or Fitday are a good tools for keeping track of your calorie intake.
If you really want to go high-tech, a fitness watch or tracker can help you keep track of your sleeping patterns and how much calories you are burning each day.
Don’t forget to reward yourself when you hit your weekly weight loss goal. The brain responds well to a reward system, having something to look forward to, is a great motivational tool.
Other Important Weight Loss Tips
Forget doing crunches to lose belly fat. They simply do not work, you cannot target your abdominal area to lose weight, you have to reduce your overall body weight.
Get plenty of sleep. You should aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night. Try and be consistent will your sleeping pattern. Go to bed at the same time every night and make sure your room is dark.
Consistency is key. Losing belly fat is a long-term strategy, there are no shortcuts. You have to be consistent with your diet more than any other part of the weight-loss regimen. Stick to the low-carb diet and you will see results. When you do get tempted to eat sugary snacks, eat them on the day you do a cardiovascular workout. This way you can use that energy to fuel your workout, rather than the carbs storing around your waist.
If you have the budget for it, get a nutritionist and personal trainer. You could have all your meals pre-delivered so you know exactly how much food you are putting in your body and a personal trainer can create a plan that fits into your work schedule. These are every expensive options but are not worth it if it will cause financial strain. Meal plans and training plans are available for free online; however, a customized one for you is always better.
Cook your stir-fry with a teaspoon of coconut oil. It contains the type of fat that is easily burn off as energy, rather than storing as fat.
Consult your doctor. If all efforts fail, you may have a health condition or medication that makes it difficult for you to lose weight. You will get better results treating these conditions or changing medication.