Instead of experimenting with fad diets, why not just change your lifestyle to help healthy habits stick? With these 25 simple tips, you can lose weight and keep it off. Take a look and take some notes!
1. Skip Salty Snacks
Health has shared many great tips with us when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. Of course, hiding salty snacks and all their sodium is one thing.
2. Drink Lots of Water
Drink plenty of water for your weight goals as well as your overall health! Staying hydrated is the key to looking and feeling great.
3. Quit Smoking
Most people believe that smoking will help you lose weight, but in reality, if you are trying to lose weight you need to fix cigarettes. Just check out the CDC for more inspiration.
4. Exercise regularly
The importance of regular exercise is also emphasized. Not only is this important and beneficial if you are trying to lose a few pounds but it is also important for your heart health.
5. Avoid Alcohol
Avoiding alcohol is key when it comes to weight loss. There are a lot of empty calories and sugar in your evening cocktails. It’s time to let them go.
6. Beware of Nonfat & Sugar-Free Labels
Don’t be fooled by the “fat-free” and “sugar-free” labels. MSN explains why we should stay away from these products for more reasons than one – and one is that the low calories aren’t worth it!
7. Include “Heathy” Fats
We need to add more avocados – or healthy fats – to our diets. Instead of being filled with junk, foods like avocados will satisfy us so we don’t snack mindlessly.
8. Lots of Fruits and Nuts
This is an obvious one but important to add to the list. To not only lose weight but to change your lifestyle, include more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
9. Stay away from Soda
Between the sugar and the sodium, there’s nothing good about soda. And if you’re trying to cut the weight, you need to cut the pop too.
10. Eat Breakfast
Good Housekeeping explained why we should not just skip breakfast but why we should be more conscious of what we choose to eat in the morning. Start the day with 400-500 calories full of good-for-you nutrients.
11. Be Consistent in Your Choices
Cosmo teaches us that we must be consistent in our choices. Not only should they be health conscious but they should be spread out well throughout the day so that the “ravenous” level doesn’t come calling.
12. Plateaus are strong
We also learned in Shape not to focus so much on scale. There will be some flats throughout your journey, push them! It will be worth it in the end.
13. Recruitment of Liability Partners
It’s always a good idea to grab a partner! Have someone on speed dial that you can check with and trust.
14. Jazz Up Foods With Spices
Add some extra spices to your meals. According to Dailymail, adding more spices to your food can help you cut down on calories.
15. Enter Your Steps
Even if you’re not doing a super cardio workout for the day, make sure you’re getting in some steps. A quick walk around the neighborhood is enough!
16. Keep a Food Diary
Start keeping a food journal. If you can see your intake on paper, you can be more mindful and focus on keeping the right portions and choosing the right food.
17. Ignore Trend Diets
Don’t follow trends. Instead, go with a lifestyle change that you can sustain forever instead of once you reach your “goal” weight and go back to bad habits.
18. Prioritize Sleep
Redbook also notes that we all really need a good night’s rest. The less sleep you get, the worse your body is at processing carbs.
19. Reduce Your Portions
And at CNN, we know how and why it’s important to cut our portions down to size. Most of us are used to consuming more than we need.
20. Calm Your Nerves
Control your anxiety and calm yourself. We learned from Women’s Health how important it is and how closely related it is to overeating.
21. Don’t Eat Emotionally
And following a trail of anxiety and mindless eating, you should try and stop emotional eating. And that’s for happy and sad emotions!
22. Brew a Cup of Coffee
Good Housekeeping will also let us know a little secret. Coffee is good for you and your diet! It is a natural diuretic and antioxidant.
23. Know It’s Okay to Mess Up
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a cheat day or cheat meal every time. It’s good for your mood and it’s okay to indulge a little.
24. Don’t Skip Meals
Stop skipping your meals. If you do that, you’ll be hungrier and more likely to overeat – including overeating the bad stuff.
25. Don’t Drink Your Calories
We also know why it is important to avoid sugary drinks. It’s not good to drink your calories. And MSN reinforced that sentiment.