The year is still young, and you have every opportunity to make 2019 a productive and positive year for achieving your weight loss goals. To help you stay on track with your weight loss efforts, here are 7 valuable tips that you can easily incorporate into your day-to-day lifestyle:
- Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation – You don’t need to cut out your favorite foods, you simply need to focus on eating them in moderation. This can be achieved by purchasing small portions of your favorite treats instead of full packages. For instance, purchase one fresh baked cookie instead of a whole bag or buy a personalized-sized bag of potato chips instead of a family sized bag.
- Try to include protein in every meal – Protein not only helps you to preserve lean muscle mass and encourages fat burning, it is also more satisfying than fats or carbs and can help to keep you fuller for longer. Lean meat, seafood, soy, nuts, cheese, yogurt and beans are all excellent sources of protein.
- Up your fiber intake – Fiber can do incredible things for your health and weight loss. It aids in digestion, lowers cholesterol and prevents constipation. To enjoy the benefits fiber has to offer, on average, most women should aim for 25 grams daily and most men should aim for 38 grams daily. Foods that offer an excellent source of fiber include: beans, nuts, whole grain foods, oatmeal and most vegetables and fruits.
- Reduce the amount of starch on your plate and replace it with vegetables – Replace half of the starchy food on your plate with vegetables. Simply by eating less pasta or bread and substituting it with vegetables, it’s possible to drop a dress or pants size in a year.
- Order from the kids menu at restaurants – If you’re going to eat out, an easy way to control portion sizes is to order from the children’s menu. This will help you to keep your potions reasonably sized and you can finish everything on your plate without the guilt of eating more than you know you should (or want to).
- Drink lots of water – Before you have a snack or a meal, drink a full glass of water first. It is a common mistake for people to confuse thirst with hunger. Water may satiate your cravings and/or help you to eat less by filling you up before you eat. Don’t like water? You can also drink calorie-free flavored water or herbal tea.
- Get adequate sleep – When your body is sleep starved it leads to the overproduction of gherlin, the appetite-stimulating hormone. Obtaining proper rest can help you feel full and energized as well as help you to avoid unnecessary snacking or choosing high-fat comfort foods at meal times.
Good luck with your goals!