Do you struggle with your weight like most women in America today?
Are you overwhelmed by the abundance of fast food, junk food and snack foods that surround you?
Do you struggle to find the time and energy to exercise daily?
Are you sick and tired of trying to squeeze into your ever shrinking clothes?
You're not alone. That's why diet and weight loss are a $30 billion industry.
It's natural to want a quick and easy fix to your weight problems. Heck, I spent decades trying to find the one silver bullet that would let me eat more and weigh less, as I hopped from diet plan to diet plan.
But if you're serious about healthy sustainable weight loss, you need to give up the diet books and fads and find what works best for you, not what works best for the diet and weight loss industry.
It's the sensible sane solution to lasting weight loss and a healthy relationship with food and with yourself.
You need to experiment, realizing that lasting change is best accomplished in slow and steady incremental ways.
You probably didn't just wake up overweight one day, so it's kinda unrealistic to think that you're going to wake up slim and trim.
To get you started here are 11 sensible easy healthy ways to help you lose weight. They're not terribly sexy but they work again, and again, and again.
Easy Healthy Ways to Lose Weight
1. Always eat breakfast.
Studies have demonstrated time and again that people who eat breakfast are much more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. When you skip meals, you end up binging later in the day. Experiment to find out the effects different breakfasts have on you and then choose what works best.
2. Drink more water.
Most beverages contain lots of calories and sugar so by simply replacing water for the soda, juice, alcohol and coffee you normally drink can help to decrease your daily calorie count significantly.
Try having a glass of water as soon as you get up and before each meal too.
3. Make your own meals.
Restaurant food is more fattening than food cooked at home. It almost always has more fat, salt, sugar and calories and the portions are usually large enough to feed a family.
When you cook at home, you are in charge of the quality and quantity of what goes into your food.
When you do eat out, try sharing a dish or having half wrapped to take home before you begin eating.
And having low energy from lack of sleep can contribute to all kinds of unhealthy actions like grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine to perk yourself up, skipping the gym because you're too tired, and flopping in front of the television with takeout instead of making dinner.
5. Get moving.
Find small ways to increase the number of steps you take each day. Park at the far end of the lot, get off the train one stop earlier, take the stairs, walk for 10 minutes at lunch, meet a friend for a walk instead of coffee.
It all adds up.
6. Keep a journal.
Tracking what you do can be powerful. I find that keeping track of what I eat increases my awareness, helps me identify unhealthy habits, and empowers me make better choices. Don't think of your journal as a form of punishment, put as a tool for greater understanding.
7. Read labels.
Stop eat anything that contains stuff that you can't pronounce. Stick to simple, real and natural foods that will nourish your body as much as possible. They provide more nourishment and keep you satisfied much longer.
Watch this video to see how easy it is to read and understand nutritional labels:
8. Identify your trigger foods.
Keep your temptation foods out of the house. You're much less likely to venture out for ice cream or cookie at the end of a long day, but if it's in the house it will call to you from the pantry or freezer, until you give in.
9. Reduce your stress.
Most people eat more when they are feeling stressed. Try to relax by taking a hot bath, talking with a friend, walking around the block, taking some deep breaths or spending some time on your yoga mat. In addition to helping you relax these activities will also serve as healthy distractions from emotional eating.
10. Take a multivitamin.
Everyone can benefit from getting balanced nutrients. Some evidence suggests that adding high quality nutrients to your diet can boost metabolism and lead to weight loss.
11. Eat more vegetables.
They are naturally low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals which is good for both your waistline and your health.
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