Tip No. 1: Drink plenty of water or other calorie-free beverages.
Before you put your fingers in that bag of potato chips just drink a glass of water. It makes you feel full and you’ll eat less. If plain water isn’t doing it for you than try drinking flavored water or detox drink.
Tip No. 2: Be choosy about nighttime snacks.
Post dinner and midnight you always want to munch. Specially snacking in front of the TV is one of the easiest and most convenient thing to do. So allow yourself a low-calorie snack for eg half a cup of low-fat ice-cream of just one cookie.
Tip No. 3: Enjoy your favorite foods.
Instead of cutting out on your favorite food be smart. Buy one cookie freshly baked or a small candy and eat that. The key is moderation- always.
Tip No. 4: Eat several mini-meals during the day.
If you eat less calories definitely you’ll burn more and lose weight. But when you’re hungry all the time eating a few calories can be a real challenge. Studies show that people who eat nearly 4-5 meal or snacks have a better control on their weight and appetite. Post dinner make a habit of have green tea.
Tip No. 5: Eat protein at every meal.
Protein is much more satisfying than carbs or fats and keeps you feeling full for longer period of time. It also helps you with muscle mass and encourages you with fat burning. Be sure you incorporate healthy proteins like eggs, cheese, nuts, beans, meat and fish etc.
Tip No. 6: Spice it up.
When you add spices or chilies to your food for flavor it would give you a boost and can help you feel satisfied and full for a longer period of time.
Tip No. 7: Stock your kitchen with healthy, convenient foods.
Having ready-to-eat snacks and on the go meals sets you up for success. You can eat frozen vegetables, whole grain pasta, reduced fat cheese, canned beans and grilled chicken. You can even have a bag of salad greens and tortillas.
Tip No. 8: Order children’s portions at restaurants.
You can order a small size entrée as it’s a great way to cut calories and keep your portions moderate. This is becoming a trend now and you can even use a small plate as it will hold less portion sized meal and you can consume it.
Tip No. 9: Swap a cup of pasta for a cup of vegetables.
Eat less pasta and more veggies which could have a positive impact on your health. You can become healthy and have a more control over your diet this way. Greens are always great for your skin and hair.
Tip No. 10: Always eat breakfast.
This seems easy and a win-win situation but skipping breakfast is bad and will impact your health. When you take breakfast it makes you feel fuller and keeps you away from feeling too hungry all the time. So always make time for a healthy morning meal like fruits, low-fat milk and high fiber cereal.
Tip No. 11: Include fiber in your diet.
Fiber helps with digestion everyone knows that. It prevents constipation, cholesterol levels are kept controlled and helps with weight loss too. Ideally for women 25 grams daily are required and for men about 38 grams. Good sources of fiber include nuts, fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods.
Tip No. 12: Clean the cupboards of fattening foods.
If you have chips and ice cream at your home, you’re making your weight loss journey incredibly difficult. You need to find ways to reduce temptation by keeping your cupboards free of fatty foods. Yes, once in the blue moon it works just fine.
Tip No. 13: Lose weight slowly.
Don’t go for crash dieting and definitely don’t fast all the time. Dropping weight is difficult but consistency in the key. Experts state that if you make realistic goals for yourself than everything would work out just fine. Remember, you start to see health benefits when you lose approx. 5-10% of your body weight.
Tip No. 14: Chew sugarless gum.
The next time you want to grab a snack reach out for a sugar free gum and chew that. Chewing gum helps with hunger and keeps your snack cravings controlled. It also helps in weight loss. But that doesn’t mean you stop eating all at once!
Tip No. 15: Celebrate success (but not with food).
If you’ve lost weight then atta girl/boy it’s time to treat yourself. But how? It doesn’t always have to be through a cheat meal. Rather, you can always get yourself new clothes, a piece of jewelry, perfume etc which will elevate your mood and something which you can use for a longer period of time.