Easy weight loss tips are not easy to come by, and when you do find them they aren’t always easy.
However, let’s say “easy” means weight loss doesn’t involve expensive juicing regimens, a steep gym membership, or turning your life on its head just to reach small milestones.
Our easy weight loss tips are just that–easy! They’re simple changes in every day life to help you reach your milestones and your ultimate goal.
We love water. We write about it a lot because, frankly, it’s very underrated! Drinking water instead of soda or juice is natural, inexpensive or free, and it’s what our bodies are WIRED to drink.
Water is also a natural appetite suppressant. If you drink more water throughout the day (especially before meals), you’re less likely to overeat.
Stay hydrated in order to reap the benefits in your bank account, your body, your brain, and your appetite.
2) Why are you eating?
Can you enjoy going to a movie without a bucket of popcorn? Yes. Is it possible to have girl’s night without the booze? Of course.
The point is, so many activities that don’t require food add food as an extra way to make money and as an unnecessary expense.
Even though you just ate dinner, you’ll probably still snack at a movie just because snacking is fun. Having fun at an amusement park doesn’t mean you have to eat your weight in funnel cakes.
Determine what activities require food and what activities don’t. Separate enjoyable experiences from snacking.
This helps you stay on a healthier eating routine and keeps you from snacking mindlessly throughout the day.
This is another “two-for-one”–it helps your weight AND your wallet.
3) Don’t Overcomplicate Your Diet
Keep it simple. No cutting certain vegetables or fruits, no cutting carbs completely, no dealing with fancy recipes (unless you want to).
Healthy eating is balanced eating, and you can look at it as “Plate Real Estate”.
Here is what your plate should look like at each meal:
Breakfast: 1/4 dairy, 1/4 fruit, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein
Lunch: 1/4 fruit, 1/4 vegetables, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein
Dinner: 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein
4) Find Power In Choices
You always have a choice.
You want dessert, but who says dessert has to be triple chocolate mousse cake with a scoop of ice cream on top?
Chances are, you just want something sweet, and your brain has been programmed to believe that “dessert” can only mean “unhealthy”.
But do you know what else is just as tasty? Fruit. Yogurt. Homemade sorbet. A good smoothie. Peanut butter. Dark chocolate.
Choices. You can either go home and spend a beautiful day inside on the couch, or take 20 minutes out of your 24-hour day to get moving.
As you start making little, but better, choices you will feel awesome, empowered, and you will moving on to make the BIGGER and better choices.
5) Think Smaller Plates
This one is is a no-brainer. The bigger your dish, the more room you have for unnecessary quantities of food.
Start with a small plate if your tendency is to fill it up. This will ensure you don’t over eat, and will make you think before going back for seconds!
6) Take Your Workout On The Go
If you pack some workout clothes and your tennis shoes in your carry on, your chances of working out on that weekend trip or vacation are better.
Working out isn’t as involved as the fitness industry would like us to think. All you need is a good pair of shoes and the ability to move. Even packing a workout video or jump rope is easy.
This goes beyond extensive travel, though. Take 10 minutes of your lunch break and walk around your office building or stand up while making calls. Every bit counts!
7) Enjoy Your Meal
Food is a beautiful thing that is meant to nourish and to be enjoyed. Unless you have pressing matters that await you after your meal, take time with your food.
Have a family conversation around the dinner table or take a sip of water between each bite.
Slowing down when you eat helps give your stomach time to realize that it’s full, and you’ll end the meal feeling content and satisfied rather than uncomfortably stuffed.
8) Stock Up On Fruit
It’s sweet, tasty, comes in multiple flavors, and it’s full of vitamins. Fruit packs a punch with its hydrating properties, and its fiber content.
The fiber will help keep you feeling full and regulate your blood sugar.
Fruit is also pretty easy to pack, especially fruit with a skin such as apples, oranges, and bananas.
9) Caffeine Before Your Workout
Give yourself a pre-workout push with coffee or green tea. The caffeine will boost your energy so you can put more into your workout and even workout longer.
Studies have also shown caffeine to aid in burning fat.
10) Drink green Tea
Not only is green tea delicious, it contains antioxidants, caffeine, and catechins that can help boost your metabolism.
These compounds in green tea can help your body burn fat, expel toxins, and help you burn more calories a day, even at rest.
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