No medical degree is necessary to understand that fast food is detrimental to weight loss. Make the decision to eat and home and prepare accordingly.
Television is a stationary activity; stationary equals inactivity; inactivity breeds weight gain. Omit one hour of TV and go for a walk instead.
Soda and energy drinks are saturated with sugar, which is very counterproductive in losing weight. Drinking water eliminates toxins and speeds metabolism.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail” when it comes to losing weight. Impulse eating is never a healthy choice, especially when trying to drop pounds.
Eating when nervous, depressed, frustrated or bored is a real thing. Food provides a temporary comfort that leaves behind only regret…and weight gain.
10 minutes a day walking up and down stairs can shed as much as 10 pounds a year. Leave the elevators to the lazy ones, Rocky.
When the stomach is full, it takes 20 minutes to signal this to the brain. Eating slowly and deliberately makes it easier to recognize when fullness kicks in.
Closed, as in no food is available after dinnertime. Late-night snacking is an easy way to rack up calories and gain undesirable weight.
This is more of a motivational tool. When our “fat clothes” become too tight, make it a priority to give them away.
About that one hour of TV that was eliminated? Well, here’s a healthy and fulfilling alternative – 45 minutes of brisk walking each day is conducive to weight loss.
Instead of heading to a bar or restaurant, recharge by doing something active. Doesn’t mean it can’t be fun – check out tennis, racquetball, hiking, biking or walking the park.
Pedometers are those neat (and cheap) little gadgets that monitor the number of paces walked. On average, people take 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day. Adding another 2,000 is beneficial for a healthy weight.
Unsurprisingly, the more food we place on the table, the more we eat. Serve food mindfully and resist placing too much on each plate.
When eating out, opt for the smaller portions. Again, we eat less food when there’s less available.
Vegetables are a great source of fiber – an important nutrient for feeling satiated. Split peas, black beans, lima beans, peas and broccoli are among the highest in fiber content.
While low-carb diets have a tendency to go overboard, one of their basic tenets is true: white flour can cause weight gain. Opt for whole-grain bread and rice instead.
Five times a week, make cereal the breakfast food of choice. Different studies have shown that eating cereal at this proportion can help maintain a healthy weight.
Okay, black coffee may not taste the best…actually its putrid (writer’s opinion). Lay off the fancy (sugar-laded) concoction and add some artificial sweetener and/or milk.
Nuts are very healthy, especially when compared to cookies, cakes, etc. Nuts such as almonds contain healthy fats and fiber, which wards off hunger and stokes the metabolism.
Many of us love milk (raises hand), but it actually contains a good amount of calories. Actually, dropping down (2% to 1%, for example) can cut calories by as much as 20%.
This really is simple, yet profound. Eating earlier in the day
(1) decreases the likelihood of nighttime indulgence and (2) makes it easier to burn off calories during the day.
Perhaps a tip for the hardcore, brushing after every meal signals to the body that mealtime is over.
Hot sauce not only covers up that burnt meatloaf taste, it helps to rev the body’s digestive system. Most hot sauces are also low in calories.
Soups, salads and vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini and cucumber may help reduce calorie consumption.
Take losing weight seriously, but not too seriously. Remember to enjoy life and treat yourself on occasion. On occasion…