Forget Dieting, Lose Weight with These Simple Changes!
We all know that abs are made in the kitchen, but dieting can be miserable and hard to stick with. Instead of going on a full-blown carb-counting, insanely strict regimen with food that doesn’t sound appetizing, try implementing some (or all!) of these tricks. Who knows, you may find you don’t even need to diet!
1.After breakfast, stick to water. The average American consumes an extra 245 calories a day from soft drinks and juices. Water will keep you hydrated and refreshed without all those extra calories and sugar.
2. Take a 5 minute walk at least once every 2 hours. Taking a break from being stuck at a desk will make you less likely to reach for snacks. Try setting regular timers to remind yourself to get up and move. Fitbit recently launched a feature that tracks how many hours you actually get up and walk around during the workday.
3. Put your fork down between every bite. You know those times you scarf a meal down in seconds because you’re in a rush, then feel extremely bloated and full after? That’s because your brain lags your stomach by about 20 minutes when it comes to feeling full. If you eat slowly enough, your brain will catch up and tell you when you’re full and help you avoid that uncomfortable (and unhealthy!) feeling.
4. Shut down the kitchen after dinner. Late night snacking significantly increases the calories you eat. It’s easy to park yourself in front of the TV after a long day, while aimlessly munching on that bag of Doritos. Instead, don’t allow yourself into the kitchen at all once dinner is over. (We’ve even made a “CLOSED” sign for our fridge!)
5. Go on an active social outing this week. Skip the movies and hit the park instead. Not only will you be burning calories, you won’t be tempted to snack on buttery popcorn. If you’re in the LA area, check out some of these fun outdoor activities for inspiration!
6. Eat a majority of your meals at home. Eating out can mean a lot of bad things. Restaurants tend to serve huge portions so you’re more likely to overeat. Additionally, many use a ton of butter, grease and other unhealthy hidden ingredients that you have no idea about. (Why do you think that garlic bread is so addicting??) When you cook your own meals, you know exactly what’s going into them.
7. When you do eat out, always order the smallest portion. Plan on taking half of that huge meal to-go? Studies find we tend to eat what’s in front of us. Put a smaller meal in front of yourself and you won’t even have the option of overeating or changing your mind about the to-go box.
8. Switch to ordinary coffee. That Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino you love? Packed with calories and fat (don’t even get us started on the whipped cream). Go for the black coffee with a dash of skim milk or almond milk instead. You’ll skip all that sugar, while still getting some of these great health benefits from coffee.
9. Eat most of your calories before noon. Studies find that if you eat more in the am, you’ll eat less in the pm. Plus, the earlier you eat, the more opportunities you have to burn off the calories. It’s harder for your body to process food while you’re asleep.
10. Try hot sauce, salsa, and Cajun seasonings, instead of creamy or buttery sauces. They have only a fraction of the calories and no fat, not to mention, they taste amazing. We love these salt-free, guilt-free Mrs. Dash seasonings.
There are lots of little changes you can make to your lifestyle to be healthier and lose weight without dieting. Just remember to stay consistent and be mindful of healthy choices! Small changes will make a big difference over time.