Contrary to popular opinion, losing weight is easy, according to Ashanti Johnson, fitness professional and owner of 360.Mind.Body.Soul located in Chicago. Johnson says, it’s following the plan that’s hard.
And she should know. After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Johnson’s own personal weight loss finally came with ease once the Los Angeles native found happiness after a relocation to Chicago. It was simple, she says, because she started to live her life in a stress-free way.
Your fitness journey can be just as easy. Here are seven simple ideologies to incorporate into your fitness regime that can give you an extra push toward weight loss success.
1. Lean on someone else and let them lean on you.
It’s easy to skip a workout or overeat when you only have to answer to yourself. Having a partner or group can make all the difference in weight loss success.
“If you have somebody else that is counting on you, you might just do a little bit more,” Johnson says. “That accountability and connection with the group is key.”
2. Teach someone.
As a part of the gym’s challenges, participants create workout circuits for the entire group and also demonstrate how to cook a healthy meal. Teaching someone else the healthy habits that you’ve learned will commit them to your memory.
“When you teach things, that’s the best way to teach yourself,” Johnson says.