Despite the fact that Americans spend around $60 billion each year on weight loss programs and products, as estimated by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, this nation doesn’t seem to be getting any slimmer.
A lot of this is because so many people think that the only way to lose weight is by either starving themselves, or making themselves miserable by hours spent at the gym.
But losing weight doesn’t have to be miserable! These secrets from the diet pros will help you reduce your calories, eliminate unwanted fat and even build lean muscle mass without breaking too much of a sweat:
1. Dress Your Salads Better
Salads, the ultimate meal of dieters, can often pack too much fat and be too high in calories to really help you get leaner and meaner.
Instead, look for salad dressings that have simple, high-quality and flavorful ingredients. Vinaigrettes are usually better than creamy alternatives such as Caesar dressing as they contain monounsaturated fats rather than saturated fats.
But make sure that you are using the best oil. “Avoid splashing ‘light’ olive oils over your salads, good-quality extra-virgin olive oil should have a fruity, peppery, slightly bitter taste,” says Elena Paravantes, a registered dietitian for the Hellenic Dietetic Association in Greece.
If your oil is healthier and tastes better, you will be less inclined to use too much and add unnecessary calories.
2. Start with Water
The best thing for your diet could be as simple as H20. By filling up on that delicious zero-calorie beverage before you dig into your meal, you can easily reduce the amount of food that you eat without feeling like you are depriving yourself.
Also, if you drink your water ice-cold, you will burn more calories as your body brings the water up to 98.6F.
3. Split the Entree
Restaurant portion sizes in the United States have grown to inconceivable sizes; easily tripling or quadrupling the amount of food that the FDA recommends you get each meal.
By splitting an entree with your friend, or even asking the waiter to put half your meal in a to-go box, you will not be tempted to eat more than you should.
4. Optimize Your Metabolism
Thanks to a variety of factors, including genetics, activity level and diet, your metabolism could be working at a sluggish pace, making it that much harder to get rid of unwanted fat stores.
By increasing your basal metabolic rate you can burn calories even while your body is at rest. Certain diet pills have been designed to give your body a daily dose of chemical triggers that can keep your metabolism running on all cylinders.
5. Allow for Imperfections
As surprising as it might be, one of the best things that you can do for your diet is to give in every once in a while.
No one is perfect, and no one should expect perfection from themselves when they are dieting. By allowing yourself to eat some sweet or savory dishes every once in a while, you will have more motivation to continue eating healthily the majority of the time.
Hopefully these secrets will help you attack your unwanted fat stores from all angles so that you can finally reach your goal weight and enjoy a happier, healthier you!