15 Easy Weight Loss Tricks That Require Very Little Effort
"How do I lose weight without going nuts?"
"I'd need to lose 35 LBS, but I need some easy first steps to get the ball rolling."
"I've tried so many diets. How do I actually lose weight?"
"Why can't I lose weight? What am I missing?"
Losing weight is such a drag.
So many temptations.
So many reasons to quit.
When you're on a diet or attempting to lose weight, give yourself a break with these fifteen calorie-slashing tricks that require very little thought or effort on your part.
Ten Ways To Change The Way You Eat and Drink:
Spread out your daily protein.
Foods high in protein curb your appetite better than fats or carbohydrates. That way you'll feel satisfied on fewer calories. Eat yogurt at breakfast and fish at lunch rather than saving all your protein for dinner.
What proteins do you eat? What time of day?
Drink more water.
Fill up on water so there's little room left for cheesecake. Have a glass before every meal and snack. Put a pitcher on the table for easy refills.
Wow much water do you normally consume?
Eat more fiber.
Fiber is good for your heart and waistline. All that chewing makes you feel like you've had enough. Good choices include apples, beans, and broccoli.
How will you get your fiber intake?
Start with soup.
Serve soup for your first course. It forces you to eat slowly. Choose a clear broth or slim down creamy recipes by substituting low-fat milk for cream.
What are your favorite, healthy soups?
Use smaller plates.
Tiny dishes make the contents look more abundant. Buy a pretty set of dessert plates that will make the most of a skinny slice of pie.
Do you have smaller plates in your cabinets?
Put your fork down.
Set your silverware down between bites. It's one of the easiest ways to pace yourself and give your brain time to realize that it's full.
Can you drop your fork?
Limit the side dishes.
One look at a buffet line proves that variety leads to overeating. Plan your menus around one main course and a salad.
What else is on your plate?
Eat before going to the grocery store.
It's easier to bypass the cookies right after you've had a bowl of minestrone with some whole wheat bread. Bring home more produce and fish.
When do you go grocery shopping (before or after you eat)?
Clear it out.
What about the junk food that's already on hand? Drop it off in your office or church kitchen for others to enjoy. If you decide to hold onto your corn chips, store them out of sight so they're less convenient to get to.
What crap is in your pantry?
Choose healthier restaurants.
Dining out can be challenging. Skip the fast food places and try a new Indian restaurant that serves lots of low calorie vegetable dishes.
Where do you choose to eat out? Where will you go now?
Other Lifestyle Changes:
At least take a walk.
Aerobic exercise tends to suppress appetite temporarily. Hit the treadmill or stroll around the neighborhood after dinner instead of taking a second helping of potatoes. Get some good exercise.
What exercise will you get?
Dine alone on occasion.
Studies show we eat more when we sit down with others. Instead of your usual Sunday brunch, you may want to eat a healthy breakfast and then go bicycling with friends.
Do you normally dine with others?
Make new friends.
Socializing can also be a positive influence. Keep your old buddies, but reach out to that coworker who loves yoga and green salads. You may pick up her habits if you spend more time together.
Who can you hang with?
Get a good night's sleep.
Lots of people give their bodies more food when better sleep is what they really need. Go to bed an hour earlier on work nights. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet so you'll sleep more soundly.
Do you get enough sleep?
Indulge in calorie-free pleasures.
Overeating is often closely tied to our emotions. Reward yourself with a new book rather than a candy bar. When you've had a rough day at work, walk right past the pizza parlor and call a friend to talk things over.
What else can you reward yourself with?
Making even these small changes in your diet and lifestyle will make a noticeable difference in the weight you can lose.
Best of all, these fifteen tips are so easy to implement. You'll be able to stick to them, create new habits and keep those pounds from ever coming back.
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