While losing weight is one of the most rewarding goals you can reach for, a goal that will not only lead to a healthier you, but also make you feel good about yourself, it doesn’t come about by itself. And it isn’t done by just dieting alone, at least not in the long-term. In contrast, it often requires a change in the way you eat, what you eat, and how you burn the calories. Of course, you don’t have to make a whole bunch of major changes all at once. Outlined in this article are a few modifications to your lifestyle you can make with relative ease.
Drinking coffee is a surprising way to lose weight. Coffee is a common drink, but many people don’t realize it is helpful for workouts. It can give you some extra energy and boost the metabolism.
One weight-loss or weight-maintenance tip people have adopted is to change the size of their dishes and cutlery. We switched from the regular dinner plates to luncheon plates, and similarly, downsized our flatware to salad forks and teaspoons. As a result, our portions have become automatically smaller, and we eat less, but the plate still looks full. People who want more food, and who don’t need to lose weight, can take second helpings. But we’ve found that, psychologically, it is much more satisfying to be able to take a full plate of food, and have the freedom to eat it all, than to try to content ourselves with lonely little islands of food on large plates.
Diet sodas may seem like a good idea if you are trying to save on calories while dieting. But studies have now shown that people who regularly drink diet soft drinks are more likely to be overweight than their non-diet soda drinking counterparts. Instead opt for fruit juice cut with water or club soda.
When you are trying to lose weight, take the amount of food you usually eat and divide that portion in two. Check in with yourself after you have finished with that much, and see if you are actually satisfied with half the amount you usually eat. You will be surprised at how often you keep on eating just because it is there in front of you and not because you are actually still hungry.
One good way to encourage weight loss is to spend time with active people. When we are around those who are active, we tend to be more active. Sitting on the couch and doing nothing can just hurt your chances to hit your goal.
When selecting produce for good nutrition, choose items that are grown locally, organically, and without genetic modification. These items are more natural and are most likely to give your body what it needs. As well as being better for you, they are better for the earth and the environment.
When dieting or trying to lose weight, setting goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated. Before starting any weight loss journey, write down your starting weight and at the end of each week, weigh yourself. Every time you lose weight, you’ll gain confidence. If a week ever goes badly and you gain weight, you’ll know and you can think of ways to fix what went wrong.
Portion your meals out. Avoid using giant plates and bowls, instead, sticking to portion-controlled or children sized plating. First, try by splitting your usual amount and then start using measurements with cups and with your hands, to ensure that you are getting a smaller amount, that still provides enough of the nutrients you need for the day.
Getting plenty of sleep each night (at least 8 hours) is highly recommended when trying to lose weight. When you get enough sleep, your brain has an easier time functioning at its best and it can send the “I’m full” signals efficiently. Getting enough sleep will also give you energy during the day so that you can exercise and you won’t be too tired to cook a healthy meal.
You must give your permission to break the rules once a day so that your weight-loss plans don’t feel like a jail sentence. One way to do this is to allow yourself one small, indulgent treat per day. Depending on what you crave, this may be a small piece of rich cheese, nuts, chocolate or some other small treat that will make you feel you’ve “earned” it by being virtuous the rest of the day. The key, of course, is to do it only once a day.
So it’s really a matter of baby steps. Anything extra that you do to promote weight loss is a step in the right direction. Keep adding steps and soon it will become a way of life. And before you know it, you’ll reach your goal of a healthier, happier, and more self-confident you.