For most people, weight loss is connected to hard work and a lot of commitment. If you’ve ever tried working out several times per week, you know what I mean.
Though sustainable weight loss is all about the movement and the food, there are several simple tricks you can employ to make it faster and easier. Here’s my guide to effortless weight loss.
These 10 simple lifestyle changes will give you better results without demanding additional work.
① Start every meal with a glass of warm water:
A glass of warm water immediately before eating a meal will make you feel fuller with a smaller amount of food. It’s the number one idea for preventing overeating.
② Make a few simple swaps at every meal:
A salad dressing can easily ruin your weight loss efforts. Many of these contain mayonnaise or added sugar. Instead of buying the ready-to-use dressings, you should consider making your own. Balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and olive oil is a delicious addition to your salad that doesn’t contain too many calories.
③ Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert:
Cookies and cakes should be avoided while trying to lose weight. You can, however, still enjoy your dessert.
A piece of dark chocolate after a meal is a good possibility for losing weight. This treat contains essential nutrients and antioxidants. It produces health benefits without containing many calories.
④ Be diligent with portion control:
Doing portion control is much more important than introducing severe dietary limitations. The best way to lose weight involves having a number of meals per day but keeping the portions small. Always put food in a plate and take snacks out of the bag. This way, you’ll have a visual idea about just how much you’re consuming.
It’s also a good idea to start using smaller plates in an attempt to cut down on food. A large plate will look half-empty, even if you put a lot of food inside. A small plate is great because it looks full and it provides the psychological gratification of a complete meal.
⑤ Active Lifestyle:
You don’t need to go to the gym, in order to exercise, a few basic changes will make your lifestyle much more active. Walk to work instead of driving. Stop using the elevator and climb the stairs. You’ll be surprised by the effectiveness of such activities.
⑥ Don’t drink your calories:
Many people worry about the food that they eat but they forget about liquid calories.
Are you consuming sodas, juices containing added sugar and alcoholic beverages? These can add up to a big number of calories that will sabotage your weight loss efforts. Stick to water for best results.
What kinds of drinks do you enjoy each day?
Take a look at the labels. These could be full of sugar. Counting liquid calories and switching to healthy drinks like water and freshly made juices will help you do full nutritional control. Stick to water flavored with fresh ingredients like cucumber, lemon, or mint to save on important calories.
⑦ Don’t go hungry too long:
Diets that force you to starve yourself will never work because of the hunger and the cravings you will be experiencing most of the time. Use healthy snacks to keep yourself full.
Maintain your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. To do that, you should consume three main meals and several small snacks between those. Fruit, a handful of raw nuts or yogurt will be the perfect snacks for keeping hunger under control.
⑧ Snack on high-protein, high-fiber foods:
Dietary fiber enhances the functioning of the digestive tract and it speeds up weight loss efforts. Foods containing fiber will fill you up and provide beneficial nutrients. Fiber is found in most fruits and veggies. Pastries, chips and white bread are several examples of such empty calorie foods.
⑨ Eat a light, early dinner.
The final meal of the day should be a light one. A large dinner will burden the digestive tract and slow down weight loss. A grilled chicken breast and some salad will be just perfect in the evening. Finally, try to have your final meal of the day at least 3-4 hours before going to sleep.
⑩ Get more sleep.
The failure to get a sufficient number of sleep hours during the night may make it difficult to control cravings the next morning. Your body needs energy and it can get it from sugary treats. Get enough sleep, if you want to go through the day without struggling with cravings.