5 Quick and Healthy Weight Loss Tips
You know the drill when it comes to losing weight: less calories in, more calories out. If you follow these tips you will see that you will be able to lose the weight both quickly and easy.
1. Count Calories
Counting calories creates a very simple and healthy formula for you to follow. If you take in fewer calories and burn off more calories instead you will see your pounds drop off. Now isn’t that simple enough? Cut out drinks with calories—juice, lemonade, and, hardest of all, that nightly glass of wine. Studies found that people who keep food diaries wind up eating about 15 percent less food than those who don’t. Then cut out or down calories from spreads, dressings, sauces, condiments, drinks, and snacks; they could make the difference between weight gain and loss.
Research shows people who log everything they eat — especially those who log while they’re eating — are more likely to lose weight and keep it off for the long run. Start tracking on an app like MyFitnessPal when the pounds start sneaking up on you. It’ll help you stay accountable for what you’ve eaten. Plus, you can easily identify some other areas of your daily eats that could use a little improvement when it’s written out in front of you.
2. Watch your Portions
Use smaller dishes at meals. Serve food in the right portion amounts, and don’t go back for seconds. Put away any leftovers in separate, portion-controlled amounts. Consider freezing the portions you likely won’t eat for a while. The reason portion control works is simple. It strikes at the heart of why our weight changes for better or worse, which is the fact the quantity, not quality, of the food we eat matters most.
3. Eat the right foods
This means you need to make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as these will help you in building up your metabolism. It will also help you burn calories faster while still maintaining a healthy weight loss. You also need to make sure you are also eating plenty of fiber in order to lose the weight while at the same time keeping your digestive system working correctly.
I’m a huge believer in eating some form of greens (usually some sort of salad) at almost every single meal. It may sound extreme to some of you, but I promise that once you start, you’ll be hooked! Eat a big salad for lunch, grill some asparagus with olive oil and garlic at dinner, and for breakfast make a spinach quiche. There are so many possibilities. You don’t need to try a fancy diet; just eat as many vegetables as you can every day. Leafy greens are extremely low in calories, yet super high in nutrients. If you make them the base of your lunch and dinner you’ll definitely feel a difference this new year.
Most people notice an immediate and very noticeable energy boost when they start including more leafy greens in their diet. That is because leafy greens contain magnesium and B Vitamins which most people are severely lacking in their diets. When I have had periods of not eating my greens – I have noticed that I have a lot less energy and start to crave foods like chocolate and sweets on a regular basis.
4. Drink plenty of fluids
On days where I stay hydrated throughout the day, I feel more focused and awake — and less likely to reach for that afternoon snack. Always have water available. Keep a water bottle at your desk, in your car, in the fridge, ready to grab.
Jennie from Colorado Springs Fit Body Boot Camp says, “Everyone is always asking me for a “magic pill” for weight loss. It amazes me the amount of money people spend on supplements and pills without first doing the most important step of making sure they are drinking enough water. Water makes your body work better! It flushes toxins out of your system, hydrates your joints, makes your brain sharper, and makes your skin look better. These are just a few of the benefits. Water is the ultimate “magic pill”.”
5. Get some sleep
Make sleep a priority. Try going to bed 20 minutes earlier or turning off the screens an hour before you go to bed. Keep your room tranquil. Are you too hot? Too cold? Do you like to snuggle under the covers? Do it! In the summer I like to leave my windows open with a fan. I cannot sleep without covers no matter what. Do what it takes for you to relax and not think about your stress. Take a hot bath, sip some tea and turn off your devices.
If you follow these five simple tips you will be well on your way to your weight loss goals.