Losing weight can be a difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible task! To make the quest of weight loss manageable, keep it simple. The following tips are easy to implement and very effective in getting you to your weight loss goal.
Start with knowing what your calorie intake should be. How can you expect to lose weight if you don’t know how much you should be eating? There are many calorie calculators on line such as Calorie King and my calorie counter.com. Once you know your magic number you can keep track of your calories. Stay under your magic number and you will have success!
Aim for drinking a gallon of water a day. A gallon of water is 164 ounces. Make sure the water is cold as your body uses about 120 calories just warming up the water! All that water will help your body get rid of unneeded fat.
Get some sleep. With eight hours of sleep, your body will be able to burn calories and digest food as it should.
Buy a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day or more. That’s what you need to lose weight. You can do the 10,000 steps in addition to or part of exercise.
Eat your meals off a smaller plate. This will force you to have smaller portion sizes while still tricking your eyes into believing you have a full plate of food!
Don’t keep food in the house that you will be tempted to eat. If you family is demanding snacks, buy the ones you don’t like to eat. If you kids like licorice for a treat and you don’t, buy licorice!
Add a little competition if that works well for you. Try starting a Biggest Loser competition at work or having a bet with a friend. Putting your money and your competitive nature to work will be a big benefit.
Eat every three to four hours. Keeping a steady intake of food will help you avoid those periods where you are just starving to death and any food will do! If you are having a craving, eat a healthy snack or just wait it out. Cravings diminish within 20 minutes.
Chew gum. It keeps your mouth busy.
As much as we don’t like it, exercise is key. Combine aerobic activity with weight training to get the best result. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be all at once. Break up your exercise routine into smaller chunks of time to help with sticking to it.
Eat breakfast and make it good! Your body has longer to burn off what you eat and eating breakfast starts your day by giving your body energy.
Be on the slow and steady plan. Know before starting your weight loss plan that being slow and steady will last long term.
Keep these simple tips in mind to keep yourself on track and to ensure that you don’t overcomplicate things. Losing weight does not have to consist of a complicated diet, putting everything you eat on a scale, ordering special meals, or the like. Keep it simple and stick to it!