29 Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work from Women Who have Lost Over 100 Pounds!
The weight loss industry rakes in $20 Billion annually. It’s no surprise, considering how difficult it is to lose weight. Dieters spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, to see very small results. It might seem much easier to just give up. Fortunately, there are many people who have seen weight loss success and were willing to share their secrets with Elizabeth Narins. The women who shared the following 29 tips have lost over 100 pounds and have kept it off.
A sure way to sabotage your weight loss efforts is to expect too much too soon. Instead of adopting radical changes in an effort to lose everything you hope and then some, make small tweaks to your diet and exercise. The weight will come off slowly, but you’ll be developing the habits at a pace that you can embrace.
2. Don’t give up when your weight loss plateaus.
It is only natural for weight loss efforts to stall. Instead of giving up and giving in to those ice cream cravings, look for ways to change your weight loss efforts. You may need to add some cardio or cut out a high fat food to give your weight loss a boost.
3. Be realistic about which habits need to go.
Honestly assess your habits. Do you overeat at meals? Snack? Go weeks without exercise? You probably already know which changes need to be made. The difficult part is admitting to them.
4. Find a healthy meal you like and eat it all the time.
It may take a while to discover a healthy, low fat meal that keeps you happy and satisfied. Try a lot of different recipes. When you discover the one you love, make sure you always have the ingredients on hand
5. Start with one small change.
The first step may be as simple as writing down the foods that you eat. Without changing your diet or exercise you may see results simply due to the fact that you have to be accountable for what you are consuming.
6. Make your old favorites healthier.
Swapping one ingredient for another can be very easy if you simply keep your mind open. You could also add healthy, high fiber ingredients to a standard meal to make it more filling and nutritious.
1. Start small
7. Prepare for heavy meals.
You know you’re going to a party where food is going to be delicious and plentiful. What do you do? You could try to avoid the food tables and instead concentrate on socializing. Otherwise, you can embrace the big meal by eating light the rest of the day and doubling up your exercise efforts.
8. Switch out bad snacks for good snacks.
Healthy snacks don’t have to cost a fortune. Fruit and cut veggies are inexpensive, low calorie, and low fat. The Mayo Clinic recommends nuts as a filling snack that can also serve to lower cholesterol.
9. Order smarter salads.
Salads can be just as calorie-laden as burgers at your favorite fast food place. When you order your next salad, get a lighter dressing, skip the heavy meats and cheeses, and replace croutons with crunchy nuts.
10. Cook for yourself.
Eating out is a recipe for disaster. When you cook your meals, you control ingredients and portion sizes
11. Double down on veggies if you’re unsatisfied after eating a snack or meal.
Are you getting the recommended eight to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day ? If not, that may be why you are still hungry. Feel free to add more, just don’t add melted cheese or ranch dressing as well.
12. Pack snacks for late nights at work.
Don’t turn to the vending machine for evenings at the office. Prepare for those late nights by packing fruits, vegetables, and whole grain snacks.
13. Say no to free refills.
Popcorn at the movies is a treat, but don’t eat more than one small carton. The same goes for sugary sodas. If you allow yourself one, make sure it is only one.
14. Don’t stock foods that tempt you.
Your weight loss journey will allow you to understand which foods are triggers for a food addiction. Keep them away from you to avoid overindulging.
15. Move during your lunch break.
Working in an office environment means that you spend most of your day sitting down. The lunch break is often more of the same, leading to weight gain, lethargy, and even heart disease. Instead of sitting in one place, get up and move. Even a short walk is better than 30 minutes of immobility.
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16. Stash snacks everywhere.
You should always have a fast supply of easy-to-reach snacks in order to keep you from eating unhealthy foods. Stash snacks in your gym bag, your desk, travel bags, and car.
17. Eat more often.
Surprisingly, skipping meals is common among those who need to lose a few pounds. The lack of a well-rounded meal often leads to overeating later in the day. Make sure you are eating three meals and enjoying healthy snacks in between.
18. Split restaurant meals with a friend.
Restaurants are notorious for serving portions that are much too large. When you go out, go in with a plan to eat only half of what is on your plate. Either split with a friend or ask for a to go box from the outset. Some restaurants even let you order half sizes.
19. Lift weights to lose weight.
Cardio has long been the go to exercise for those wanting to burn calories. Weight training should not be neglected as building muscle is also known to raise your metabolism.
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20. Move even on rest days.
Your workout routine likely includes a scheduled rest day or two each week. Even on those days when you are not doing a heavy workout, it’s a good idea to get up and move. Take a walk around the block, go dancing, or play ball with your kids.
21. Take responsibility for unhealthy habits.
Your habits were developed by you. It’s time to take control of those bad habits, own them, and defeat them.
22. Don’t use exercise as an excuse to eat poorly.
Eating unhealthy foods in exchange for exercise is a bad habit and a difficult one to break. Though you may have the occasional cheat day, allowing yourself to poorly all of the time, even if you are working out, is a bad idea. You are only cheating yourself and your body when you make these choices.
23. Keep it simple.
Overly complex plans are difficult to follow. When it comes to weight loss, simpler is usually better. Eat less and exercise more is all you need to remember to be successful.
24. At the grocery store, shop the perimeter.
The inner aisles of the supermarket contain foods that are high in calories, fat, and carbs. The outer perimeters have the freshest and healthiest food.
25. Prepare food in advance.
You may find it difficult to make healthy choices when you are running short on time. Whether this happens to you during week night meals or daytime lunches, you can curb this by making your meals in advance. Set aside a few hours each week to prepare healthy meals that can be made in a hurry. This can save calories as well as money.
26. Schedule a weekly cheat meal.
It’s no fun to make every meal a healthy choice. Sometimes you might desire fried food, cheese, or heavy cream sauces. Your cheat meal should be something special, but don’t overdo it. A little bit of a good thing can go a long way.
27. Drink all the water.
Water is a necessity to every day survival. It is also an excellent weight loss tool. Often, when you believe you are hungry, you are actually thirsty. A glass of water can keep you from giving in to those false hunger pangs.
28. Put on music when you don’t feel like going to the gym.
Music will put you in the mood to move. If you’re feeling tired or down, some peppy music will help get you out of the rut.
29. Treats don’t belong in your house.
Make special occasions more special by allowing yourself to have treats. Don’t treat yourself every day.
Using these tips, you can lose weight. You will lose weight. Most importantly, you will feel great.