Losing weight is not only possible with exercise and diet. You can get rid of all the extra fat easily by making some small changes in your lifestyle. You will be surprised to see how these 10 minor adjustments can help you cut down calories and aid in weight loss.
Check your eating habits
Take a look at your eating habits to see what is it that you are doing wrong. Are you nibbling while cooking, eating snacks late at night, finishing your kids’ meals? Once you identify the habits that you need to change it will become easier to cut down the calories. Cultivate good eating habits like taking regular meals and avoiding snacks between meals.
Avoid shopping on an empty stomach
Never go to the grocery store when you are hungry. You are bound to stock up on carbs and fatty foods. Keep impulse buying to a minimum by shopping from a prepared list. Make sure to stock your fridge with vegetables and healthy foods.
Plan your meals
Make a meal plan for the week. Prepare healthy snacks and meals to keep track of your calorie intake. Make a food journal and write down everything that you eat in a day. This will help you keep track of your calories and stop you from cheating.
Have a healthy breakfast every day
Eating breakfast every day can also help you lose weight. It will help you perform better during the day and will help you to avoid overeating at lunch. Interesting research has shown that including a dessert in your breakfast can also aid weight loss. A study shows that people who ate a nutritious breakfast with a sweet treat lost 37 pounds more over a period of eight months than those who ate a low – carb breakfast.
Downsize your plate
Eat from a smaller plate. You can decrease the amount of food that you serve yourself by 23% just by decreasing the size of your plate. Similarly, using a smaller serving spoon can reduce the amount of food that you serve yourself by 14% at every meal.
Eat while sitting down
Avoid eating while standing or direct from the packets. You will eat more this way. Always eat from a plate while sitting down.
Leave the serving dish on the stove
Bringing the serving dish to the table will tempt you to take second helpings. Serve the food on individual plates and keep the serving dish back on the stove. This will keep you from filling your plate again and help you cut down calories.
Take small bites and chew your food properly. Rest your spoon between bites and drink plenty of water with every meal. It takes 20 minutes for the mind to receive the sign from your stomach that it is full so make sure that you give appropriate gaps to avoid overeating.
Get enough sleep
Research shows that sleep-deprived people eat more because they produce a hormone called ghrelin that stimulates appetite. Make sure that you get adequate sleep to help moderate your sleep and save some calories.
Set kitchen hours
Closing the kitchen early at night can also help you lose weight. Munching after dinner can be the cause of those extra pounds. If you are hungry at night, try satisfying your hunger pangs with hard candy or a non – caloric beverage.
Your goal is not only to lose weight but to keep those extra pounds away permanently. These simple tips will help you save calories and lose weight by just making minor changes to your lifestyle.