10 Effortless Weight Loss Tips You Need To Know About
Losing weight is a major goal of many people, and the most popular New Year’s Resolution. Unfortunately, it’s also the most commonly broken New Year’s Resolution.
The reasons for this are familiar: Loss of motivation; a new diet that just isn’t suitable; no desire to keep putting oneself through strenuous activity at the gym; setting unrealistic goals.
Surely, there has to be easier ways to lose weight?
Yes, there are! Losing weight is not easy, and often the first obstacle you need to overcome is your mind. If you believe you can do it, you’re halfway there. If, however, you simply don’t believe you can do this, you probably won’t put in the right effort or do the right things.
If you’re looking to lose weight the easy way and are 100% ready to do this, let’s take a look at 10 effortless weight loss tips you need to know about.
Many people who are trying to lose weight assume that skipping breakfast is a fantastic idea. After all, it means that you’re eating one less meal, right?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way. When you skip breakfast, you inevitably get hungry as the morning wears on. So what happens is that you end up snacking on candy, crisps and other junk that isn’t healthy for you.
If you eat a good breakfast, you can stock up on essential nutrients first thing in the morning, while keeping yourself feeling full until well into the afternoon when it’s time for dinner.
Snack On The Right Things
It’s easy to get fed up of dieting to lose weight if you ban all snacks. Eventually, you could grow so irritable that you throw the towel in and gorge on a cake.
This is why it’s important not to practice total self-denial. You should still snack, but you should snack smartly.
Instead of candy bars, why not snack on nuts? Instead of nachos, why not have a bowl of blueberries on movie night? Instead of a slice of cake after a meal, why not opt for a fruit salad?
Walk After Eating
If hitting the gym is not really for you (and it definitely isn’t for all of us), you could go for a walk instead.
The best time to put your walking shoes on is straight after eating, as you can easily burn off the excess calories you’ve just added.
Walking is only a moderate exercise and isn’t harmful after eating – provided you don’t feel too heavy, of course!
Eat Lots Of Fruit And Veg
It goes without saying that you need to stock your cupboards with lots of fruit and veg if you’re trying to lose weight. If you’ve been a massive fan of fruit or veg, it could just be that you haven’t eaten the ones you like.
Shop around, do some research, and try different fruits and vegetables to see which you like and which you don’t like.
And if you really don’t like eating whole fruit and veg, why not try a smoothie instead? You’re still getting all the vital nutrients that your body needs.
Drink Lots Of Water
Most of the water we consume actually comes from food rather than a glass of water. Strange, huh? What this means is that sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. Your body is craving water and, because you get most of your water content from food, it’s tricking you into thinking that you need food.
The next time your stomach growls at an unusual time of the day, try to satisfy it with a glass of water. Also, add glasses of water to your daily regime. Drink a glass in the morning, another for lunch, and a final one before bed.
Cut Back on Alcohol
You should drink more water, and you should also drink less alcohol. A glass of wine each night might not seem like a lot, but combine it with the cocktails you have at the weekend with the girls and it all quickly adds up.
And it adds up on your hips.
Treat yourself every other weekend, but otherwise cut back on booze. If you enjoy pouring yourself a glass of red each night and can’t break the habit, why not try non-alcoholic wine instead?
Eat From Smaller Plates
One of the reasons some of us pile on the pounds is because we eat from large plates that we feel compelled to clear.
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like leaving any food on your plate, it might be a good idea to buy smaller plates. You will still feel just as satisfied, but you won’t be guilty of over eating.
It’s important to note that it takes at least 20 minutes for your stomach to inform your brain that you’re actually full. Many of us overeat because we still don’t feel satisfied. Eating from a smaller plate means you’re washing your dishes before you stuff your face too much.
Sprinkling salt on our meal is just a natural habit for many of us, and we’ve been doing it for years. Most of us just spray a smidgen on our dish to give it a kick. No harm, right?
Actually, salt can cause huge weight gain and if you want to lose weight the easy way, tossing your salt shaker in the garbage can is something you should totally consider doing.
Shop On A Full Stomach
When we shop for groceries on an empty stomach, we’re far likelier to shop irrationally. This means there is a high chance that we’re going to buy junk foods that our stomachs are craving there and then.
Over the course of the week, we plough through these junk foods that are stored in our cupboards.
To stop this from happening, you should consider always shopping on a full stomach. You’ll be much more inclined to stick to your list and to shop for healthy foods only.
Play With Spices
Hot spices are not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you happen to love them, you should add even more of them to your dishes because they’re fantastic at curbing hunger.
They also boost your mood. Go ahead!