Once you have made the commitment to lose pounds by adopting a sensible eating plan and an exercise regimen, maintaining patience and perseverance is the next challenge. However, there are some effective tricks and strategies you can employ that might assist your weight-loss efforts and potentially enable you to more easily achieve success.
Increase Water Intake to Decrease Calorie Intake
Choosing water as your liquid of choice for all occasions will keep your system flushed of toxins, eliminating bloating and the additional calories that might be consumed by drinking other beverages.
Have an 8 ounce glass of water about twenty minutes before each meal to curb hunger pangs and help you to resist the temptation to overindulge.
Dehydration often masks itself as hunger. Drinking lots of water will eliminate the need to snack frequently on calorie laden snacks.
Cut Portions in Half to Shrink Waistline
Only eat half of what is on your plate at each meal. When you are in a restaurant, request a take-home box before your meal is served. Immediately place half or your serving in the box for the next day’s lunch. In our society that is geared to “super-sizing” most meal portions are double what your body needs to sustain itself.
Make Healthy Substitutions for Unhealthy Foods
If you are craving something sweet, opt for a piece of fresh fruit, which has natural sugars, in lieu of other fattening snacks. If you crave crunchy foods, munch on raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery or broccoli. Keep a fresh supply of veggies on a tray in the fridge to be easily accessed. Substitute yogurt for ice cream, grapes for a handful of M&M’s for example.
Use Smaller Plates to Cut Down on Portions
Instead of using the traditional eight inch plate for meals, use a dessert plate. The food will look more abundant on the smaller plate, creating the illusion that you are eating more.
Eat in a Similar Location Regularly
Only eat sitting down at the table. When at work, only eat in the lunchroom. By eliminating eating in front of the television, or at your desk while working, you will eliminate mindless eating that encourages consumption of excess calories.
Increase Activity to Burn More Calories
In addition to your daily exercise regimen, use every opportunity to be on the move. Park a distance from your workplace and walk the rest of the way. Take the stairs in lieu of the elevator. Park in the furthest space at the mall. Volunteer to walk the dog, take the children to the park, weed the garden – any activity that will keep you on the move to help with your weight-loss efforts.
If you follow some of these simple weight-loss tricks, in addition to your sensible diet and exercise plan, you might be pleasantly surprised to see the pounds melting away quickly with almost no effort on your part.