losing weight without dieting – part 1
Posted by Betsy, 19/04/2012
Can you really lose weight without dieting? At My Diet Planr we are always looking to help you maximise results with minimum effort. Check out how you can really start losing weight without dieting.
Become a slow eater
Set a timer for 20 minutes and convert yourself to a slow eater. Enjoy each bite and make the meal last until the timer sets off. This way your body will have an opportunity to release the satiety hormones, reducing overeating habits.
Don’t steal from your sleep
Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can trigger hunger hormones, causing you to eat extra. Sleeping an extra hour a night could help a person drop 14 pounds in a year, according to a University of Michigan study. Sleep extra may replace other activities such as watching TV and munching on chips. Getting enough sleep will help you control your hunger.
Eat more veggies
Have additional serving of vegetables instead of the standard one and you will eat more veggies without really trying. Help yourselves to an extra serving of veggies for your seconds. Greater variety tricks people into eating more food and eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to lose weight. The high fiber and water content fills you up with fewer calories. Eat them raw or steamed, rather than fried or cooked with fat. Beware of salad dressings and dips.
Have more soups
Cut back some calories by having a broth based soups before your meal time. You will fill up and consume smaller portions. Soups such as tortilla soup, minestrone, Chinese won-ton are good choices. Watch out for the creamy soups – they can be high in calories and fat.
Whole grains are in
Choose whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and whole wheat and they will help you with the weight loss. Being higher in fiber, they improve your cholesterol level and fill you up providing fewer calories.
Keep your eye on the prize
Place your skinny jeans or a dress that is a little snug where you see it every day. This keeps you motivated to stick to your diet and you can reach the goal. Once you get there, take out last year’s dress that you want to wear. Set yourself small attainable goals.
Save your calories for eating
Watch your beverage intake. Replace one calorie filled beverage with a non caloric beverage each day until you are all your beverages are calorie free. Use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. Add lemon or mint for flavoring. Limit alcohol intake. When an occasion includes alcohol, follow the first drink with a nonalcoholic, low-calorie beverage like sparkling water instead of moving directly to another cocktail, beer, or glass of wine. Alcohol provides 7 calories per gram and also loosens your determination leading you to eat more.
Eat at home more
Home cooked meals are more portions controlled and have fewer calories when compared to their restaurant counterparts. Think easy and quick meals with four or less ingredients to start out and then work your way towards more complicated meals.
Make sure to check in next week for the second part of this series.
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