12 Tips For Weight Loss
Stop Eating When You Feel Full!
This is something most people won’t,or don’t do but it is essential in knowing how to lose weight. It is especially hard to do for those people that are in the ‘clean plate’ club and don’t like to leave extra or left over food on their plates. Honestly, there is absolutely no shame in leaving that extra portion of food on your plate. When your tummy feels full, just push yourself away from the table and say “No More For Me Thanks!”.
Don’t Count Calories Incessantly
Knowing how to lose weight without the stress and strain of calorie counting is having half the battle won. Calorie counting is unnecessary and will drive you and your loved ones crazy. Gaining an extra few pounds should be the least of your troubles! The best thing you can do if you are already dieting is to make healthy food choices and follow a good weight loss plan and watch not what you eat, but how much of it you are eating instead of trying to keep track of your caloric intake. Unless of course you are on a strict diet and need to avoid things that contain higher carbohydrates, sugars, etc. In this case, you would obviously want to avoid eating things like potatoes, breads, cookies, candies, cakes, etc.
Fat Free Ingredients in Recipes
Lots of people complain that healthy food choices such as fat-free or reduced fat ingredients change the flavor of their favorite recipes, and not in a good way. But, in all reality, there is barely a hint of difference in flavor. In fact, if one did not have the knowledge that normal ingredients such as sour cream had been replaced with a fat-free or reduced fat substitute, you would never hear a peep about the taste. When replacing sugar such as pure cane sugar with a substitute such as Splenda, Equal, or the like, you may notice a taste difference. So, in this case, if you have picky family members, simply make two versions of the same dessert or snacks and let your family opt for their own choice.
Eat One Big Meal
Opinions will vary on this one, but whether you’re eating a bigger meal once, or several smaller meals throughout the day, the amount of food you are taking in is just about the same at any rate. The difference in eating a big meal once is that you will be completely full, or have the full ‘feeling’ so you won’t be hungry as much. And DO NOT think you can have your 3 square meals a day and then add a couple of more to the mix. That will most definitely pack on the unwanted pounds. Remember to always make healthy food choices follow a good weight loss plan and eat in moderation. Keep in mind the full feeling. When you are getting full, STOP EATING!
Know Your Eating Boundaries And Don’t Cross Them
This tip is especially important if you are already dieting or trying to lose weight. You know better than Aunt Betty what you can eat. Even though her home-made pound cake might taste wonderful, you may want to not opt for seconds if you are on a strict diet. Many people like to splurg around the holiday season, but it’s all a matter of will power really. If you just can’t help yourself and must have some of Uncle Fred’s ambrosia salad, then take a smaller than normal portion of it. Always try to follow a good weight loss plan.
Plan An Out-Door Activity
Depending on the region you live in, whether the weather is warmer or colder, plan on doing something outdoors. This can be something you do by yourself, with the family or friends that doesn’t involve any eating. Things like playing sports, shopping, walking through the park (you may want to do this with someone or a group of someones for safety reasons). Ice skating, playing some backyard football, jogging, if you take the bus to work walk to the next stop from where you would normaly catch the bus, and any other activities you can think up. Try to do one thing each week to work out something and exchange something that you would normally do with some form of exercise to keep things interesting so you do not get bored of doing it. And remember that exercise is not only good for weight loss but also for your well being and fitness level.
Go For The Healthy Food Choices
Almost every family unit has at least one ‘health nut’ within its midst. If there are healthy food choices available, then eat more of the plain fruits and vegetables instead of the pies cakes and cookies in the holiday ‘spread’. Remember too that extra dips can help pack on the pounds. Don’t be afraid to ask what the dips are made from so you can make a more informed judgment on whether or not you can enjoy them. Also, you can always bring healthier food dips for fruits and veggies with you such as yogurt or reduced calorie veggie dips that are sold at most major grocery stores before the big get-together.
Drink In Moderation
No, this is not an advertisement for drinking and driving, even though you should always have a designated driver if you plan on drinking more than the legal limit of course, or anything at all due to cold, icy, roads. Rather, many holiday drinks are packed with extra sugars, so watch how much of the good old egg nog you drink. This goes for either alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Water is always a great choice, or non-sweetened tea or coffee. There too, is also diet soda pop if you are a soda drinker.
Whole Grains For Higher Carbohydrate
Try to steer clear of white breads, sugary cakes, potatoes, cookies or anything else that you believe to have a high carbohydrate count. These can put a lot of weight on you quickly and is why many weight loss plans fail. Try to steer clear of these carb laden monoliths. Go for the whole wheat, multi-grain, sugar substitute and healthy food choices. Sure, it’s not the same as loading up on all the ‘bad-for-you’ foods, but you’ll be glad you did when January rolls around.
No Eating After 7pm
This can be extremely difficult to do. Especially when most holiday get togethers happen after 7 o’clock! If this is the case, then you should eat before you go to the holiday bash. Most foods are not properly burned off if eaten after 7 o’clock p.m. So, it’s best if you eat long before this time rolls around. However, you can eat something healthy such as fruits or vegetables minus the fatty dips if you really need to snack on something.
Drink More Liquids Than Eating
Drinking more liquids will fool your body into believing it is full. Therefore, you can drink lots of water, unsweetened tea or coffee, diet sodas, low calorie fruit smoothies or soft drinks (non-carbonated) etc, without feeling the guilt of over eating. Stay away from higher sweetened drinks as this will defeat the purpose of watching your weight.
Eat Something Before You Go Grocery Shopping
Good weight loss plans will say that you should eat something before you do any out of the house, or in house for that matter, activity that will burn calories. But, the main reason for going grocery shopping on a full stomach is that you will be less inclined to purchase all those fattening junk foods because you are not hungry so you aren’t tempted by those types of food choices. You will be able to stay on track and only purchase those things you need from the grocery store instead of packing your cart with weight packing foods!
No Healthy Food Choices? Bring Some!
Cutting up vegetables or fruits to create a holiday health tray can be a nice ‘change of pace’ for your friends or family. Why not try brining some healthy food choices at your next get together. Chances are, someone else in your extended friends or family network are trying to watch their wastes too and would appreciate having some healthy food choices available. Even if that isn’t the case, you are still saving yourself tons of work out time later once all those extra caloric fatty foods are attaching themselves to your waistline.
Of course there are always more things you can do to watch your weight. Try incorporating some of those things during the holidays as well since we all tend to eat a bit more and make less than savory choices to keep ourselves healthy, fit and trim. Take the ideas in the tips above and fit them in to your lifestyle by changing them up a bit and make more healthy food choices. Remember being healthy and knowing how to lose weight the right way is a lifestyle in and of itself and should be practiced year round. It’s especially important not to slack off around the holiday season when most of the unhealthy foods are abundant! Just remember that more healthy food choices are available too.
I do hope the ideas listed above have helped you realize that you can watch your weight and still have a wonderful time no matter where you are or what you are doing.