There’s a stigma out there that weight loss comes with a lot of required rituals. Your workout schedule has to come before your social calendar, you need a journal to track calories and macros, and you’re expected to meal prep religiously. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, right?
Look, don’t get me wrong: Those tactics can totally work for the Type A personalities out there. But if you’re more Type B like me, this kind of planning just means more stress—especially if it involves drastically changing your routine. I fought through the number-crunching, macro-counting, Type A way for years and couldn’t figure out why I never got any closer to reaching my goals. It wasn’t until I realized I needed to change my strategy to work for my more laid-back, go-with-the-flow personality that I was able to lose 45 pounds and create new, lasting healthy habits. Here are some ways you can get your weight-loss program to work for you—without losing sight of the chill, Type B person you are.
1. Lengthen your commute (seriously).
Rather than trolling for the nearest parking space in the parcel, stop a line more distant away and consume some additional calories. City mouse? Get off the tram or transport a stop or two preceding your goal and walk a couple of additional hinders—the means will truly include, particularly in the event that you do it to and from work.