Losing weight slowly and steadily is key to making a lasting impact. Even though it may be hard not to see quick, dramatic weight loss, the good news is that small lifestyle changes really can make a big difference. Here are ten changes you can make today to help you lose weight:
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals leads to being overly hungry, which is often followed by overeating. Eat when you are hungry and eat at least three healthy meals each day.
- Eat only at the table. Eating in front of the TV or computer can make you consume more calories than you realize.
- Make a meal plan. Plan out what you will eat for the week and make the meals ahead of time if you are able. This will help keep you on track even when life gets busy.
- Bake, broil, roast or grill what you can. These methods of cooking allow you to keep your food simple yet flavorful. Try not to add flour, breading or fat. (Need a good grill recipe? Check out this healthy grilled meal.)
- Clean and cut your fruits and veggies as soon as you buy them. You’ll be more likely to grab raw fruits and vegetables as a snack or add them to your meal if they are ready to eat.
- Measure your portions. For the first week, measure your portions to make sure that you are eating healthy amounts. After that, measure your foods periodically to stay on track, especially if your weight loss slows.
- Record what you eat. Keeping track of what you eat will help you get a handle on what you are actually eating. It can be a good tool to make sure your diet is balanced and how you feel after you eat certain foods.
- Have measurable goals. Specific and measurable goals will help you track your progress and adjust your plan accordingly. (Learn more about how SMART goals can help you achieve results.)
- Develop healthy hobbies that keep you moving. Build on your interests that keep you active and take off your mind off eating, especially when you are bored or stressed. This could mean cycling or walking.
- Enjoy your food. Eat your food slowly and chew it thoroughly. Tasting your food as you eat it will result in a more satisfying experience. If you choose to eat a rich meal or dessert, take the time to enjoy it. Then go right back on your meal plan for the next meal. Don’t give up because you ate something that was not healthy.
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