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Revealed! 6 Ways to ‘Easily’ Lose Weight

Trust me, I know you’re wondering if painless weight loss is really possible, especially if you’ve been desperately denying yourself of your favorite treats, and working out to no end.

But there is hope. No matter what your weight loss goal is, losing weight really doesn’t have to require heroic effort, just making just a few small lifestyle changes (and sticking to them) can yield you great weight loss rewards over time.

1. Add to…Don’t Take Away From salad2

Forget diet deprivation, instead try experimenting with some healthy goodies (especially fruits and vegetables) until you figure out what really enjoy. Then slip your favorite fruits and veggies into your cereal, lunch, and even into your soups, stews, and sauces. I’ve found adding in really works, taking away never does (for long), but do remember to keep an eye on your overall calories.

2. Lighten Up the Foods You Already Love

One of the easiest ways to cut back without feeling deprived is to switch to lower-calorie versions of the foods you already love. A pizza tastes just as good with reduced-fat cheese and/or toppings, who really notices those missing calories? And while you’re trimming fat calories, keep an eye on boosting fiber. Fiber helps you feel satisfied longer, so while you lighten up your favorites, you can easily toss a handful of red bell peppers on your pizza. Remember to lighten up the drinks going with your meals. While nothing is better than the great H2O, if your craving something else, then try switching from your high-calorie favorites to diet/light versions, or maybe even sugar-free flavored drinks (the premixed travel packs are great for on the go).

3. Size Does Matter portion size examples

Eating less without feeling deprived is as close as the dishes in your kitchen cabinet. That’s because people go by physical cues when they eat, while a small portion served on a large plate can leave you wanting more, a smaller plate gives the visual signal that you already have more. Really, a smaller plate full of food feels just as satisfying as a large plate with that same amount of food on it. And remember to use smaller bowls, cups, and spoons too. One benefit of eating with smaller utensils is that the pleasure last longer, and your body has time to process the food you’ve eaten.

4. Get Involved, Or Get to a Table

I find that my weight loss/weight mantanence efforts are in vein when I’m bored or occupied with something else. I know I eat more when I’m bored and when I’m distracted (by television particularly). So make it a habit to not eat in front of the television and make it a point to get occupied with things that have nothing to do with food and/or weight loss. For some, that might mean developing a passion, or simply enjoying a day at the museum. Or maybe you want to help a child with a project, start a small project of your own, or take a class. The key here is to have a life/passion outside of weight loss. And, in case you’re saying you’re busy enough already then at least eat your meals at the table without the television on, so you that you can be less distracted and more aware of what and how much you’re eating.

5. Get Moving

Walking is an easy way to keep fit, and the cool thing about walking is that it requires no equipment or special effort…you just do it! If weather or having no Healthy_lifestylesidewalks are an issue for you then here are some tips for slipping in more steps:

  • Park further from your destination.
  • Get away from your desk and walk during your breaks/lunch.
  • Get off the bus a few stops earlier.
  • Walk the mall.
  • Take the stairs every chance you get.
  • Sign up for charity walks
  • Turn up the MP3/IPpod adn get your heart rate up the next time you’re cleaning the house

It all adds up, even if you walk twice a day for 10 minutes and incorporate a few of these tips, you may find yourself with a 30-minute, low-impact workout easily.

6. Get Into the Rhythm

Eat your meals at the same times every day (snacks too). I’m sure you can’t do this all the time, but some people find that knowing when to expect their next meal or snack makes them a lot less likely to graze and crave unhealthy (or even unnecessary) food . Our body appreciates rhythms, so why not give it what it wants?

 

 

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Comments (2)

  1. You are sending mixed signals. One post says embrace and accept your body the next tells you that you aren’t good enough. What’s the deal?

  2. Hello Blaise, I don’t consider myself sending ‘mixed messages’ because I write to a ‘mix of readers’, who are all in different places and spaces on ‘their’ journey. However, to answer your question I’ve NEVER stated “you aren’t good enough” I have no control over how you interpret what you read; but take it from someone who was 327 pounds and spent most of her life obese…For myself real change couldn’t occur until I FIRST discovered HOW to love and accept myself AND my body. Loving and accepting yourself does NOT necessarily mean accepting just any type of conditions; and it was only through my love of self that I realized being that big was not allowing me to live fully or reach my full potential. That’s not going to be everyone’s story therefore when I write I remember that fact and merely offer my readers a buffet of inspiration and education in which they are free to pick and choose what to eat.

    I wish you well and thanks for sharing Blaise,

    Brandy

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