When you’re ready to start shedding the pounds, there are many different tips and tricks that promise to give you the body of your dreams. Some claim to work within a few days, but the reality is that losing weight takes time.
Slow steady weight loss combined with an exercise program will help you not only lose weight, but be able to maintain your weight loss.
Plan Your Meals
You can plan by the day or by the week, and include all three meals and a snack. Dinner may be the biggest struggle because you’ve been at work the whole day, and just want something quick and easy. Include a few family favorites, and maybe introduce a few new recipes.
If you really want to be ahead of the game, you can do your meal prep ahead of time. Pick a day you’re going to be home and cut up all your veggies and salad greens, and use a portion cup for sauces. Make sure you seal with an airtight lid so everything stays fresh.
Carry a Water Bottle
Invest in a reusable water bottle and carry it with you. Ideally, you should be drinking 64 ounces of water a day, but you don’t have to guzzle it all at once. Sip slowly throughout the day and refill as necessary.
There are times you might think that you’re hungry, but you may just need water. Drink water first and see if your hunger pangs go away.
Have a Plan B
If you have a tendency to push the snooze button a few times, you may be so rushed that a healthy breakfast takes too much time to prepare. A protein bar may give you enough energy to last until lunch. Stash a box in your car so you always have something healthy to eat.
If a protein bar just doesn’t cut it, pull up some fast food menus online and look at the nutritional information. An egg white sandwich will be more nutritious than a chocolate croissant.
Use Smaller Plates
I have tried this little trick and it really does work. When you put a normal serving of food on a smaller plate, it looks a lot bigger and you’re satisfied with less food.
Only Eat When You Are Hungry
If you’re at work, you probably take a scheduled lunch break and have 30-60 minutes to eat. If you’re not that hungry, you can eat a half portion and save the rest for later.
If you work from home, the temptation to eat when you’re not hungry can be overwhelming. Part of this may be boredom, or taking a break and wanting something to snack on.
Concentrate more on your work and don’t watch the clock. Let your stomach tell you when it is time to eat.
Weight loss is never easy and you‘ll need to be vigilant about keeping on top of calories and portion sizes. The reward for all your hard work is feeling healthier and more energetic. You can’t put a price on that.