Losing weight fast and easy is possible but there are a number of sacrifices that may need to be made.
For instance, if you’re one of those people that have to make a huge effort to work out and stick to a sensible diet, it’s a tad more difficult.
Although sticking to a healthy diet and exercising regularly does take a certain amount of effort and dedication, it’s not as difficult as a lot of people think.
All that is required is a few subtle changes in your lifestyle.
FoodFight.org has taken time out to consult with our in-house nutritionist to devise a simple guide to lose weight fast and easy.
Best of all, it doesn’t involve a mammoth effort by any measure.
Increase Your Food Range
Instead of taking foods away from your everyday diet, why not try adding in new goodies?
Add grapes, peas, red cherries into your everyday diet. They’re easy to put into your lunchbox or add to your cereal.
This works wonders psychologically. Human nature tells is that by taking things away, we are depriving ourselves.
It’s better to work in conjunction with the body’s mindset and add foods that you wouldn’t normally eat into your everyday eating regimen.
Try adding in a few physical activities into your everyday life such as a quick dance after eating, or going for a brisk walk around the local park.
If You Hate Working out, Don’t Go to the Gym!
Yes, submit to your demons and forget about the gym. There is no point entering an environment where you feel uncomfortable.
Replace the “gym” by increasing physical activity in whatever you may be doing. As stated in the previous paragraph, a brisk walk, a little dance here and there can do wonders in terms of burning calories.
Maybe you enjoy riding bikes, hiking, washing the car, throwing the frisbee, or even going for a light jog with your dog. All these are great ways of avoiding the gym.
Don’t under Estimate Walking
By simply going for a walk is an amazing way of keeping fit and steadily losing weight over a period of time.
Although the weight loss will not be as dramatic as if you were a regular runner, over time, the results can be quite surprising.
Here are some quick tips…
- Park your car further away from your office block, and walk more
- Get off the bus earlier, and walk a few stops
- Avoid escalators and lifts, take the stairs
- Take part in charity walks
- Listen to loud music whilst doing the household chores
- Sweep the garden every week, clear that leaves
These are everyday mundane activities, and imagine if you did 10 to 15 minutes a day, how many calories you burn! Best of all, there’s no gym involvement whatsoever.
Take the “Lighter” Option with Foods You Love
A great way of cutting back on unhealthy foods is to switch to healthier alternatives. For instance, your favorite pizza can use a low fat cheese instead of the full fat that you have been accustomed to.
The same applies for your favorite ice cream; there are many “diet” versions of your favorite foods that you can easily buy from your supermarket.
This way, you’ll be reducing your fatty calories without even realizing it.
Diet foods are usually rich in fiber.
Fiber is a great way of feeling satisfied for longer.
The same principles apply to the drinks. Instead of consuming high calorie flavored drinks such as soda, fruit juice, and even beer, stick to water.
Drink PLENTY of Water
Drinking water just before eating will ensure that you do not over eat, and can also help to increase your metabolism.
Experts recommend keeping a glass, or a jug of water nearby so you can regularly sip away, keeping your mouth busy.
Some people have found using this method a great way of avoiding unnecessary snacking.
If you are a party goer, try your best to avoid the high calorie drinks (admittedly this is an extremely difficult task for some individuals).
Try to stay hydrated as possible and this will ultimately keep you going for longer through the day.
Share Your Food
The next time you eat out; why not share your food with the person you’re with. For instance, if you have ordered a chocolate dessert, instead of ordering 2, order just 1, and share it with your better half.
The same can apply to a beer!
Who Says Size Doesn’t Matter?
Portion sizes play a direct role on a person’s physical size.
Psychology also plays a huge role. For instance, if you are eating from a large plate, your normal portion with look tiny. And this will result in you feeling unsatisfied!
Try eating from a small plate. Your normal portion will look monstrously large, and this will leave you feeling fuller and more satisfied.
You don’t have to just limit this technique with your plates. You can apply the same principle for cups, bowls, as well as spoons.
How many times have you heard people say “I eat when I’m bored”?
This may sound ridiculous but it is an unfortunate fact of life.
Instead of lounging and doing nothing, try to get involved with things, even if you’re watching the box.
There are many things you can be doing whilst watching the television, such as yoga, planks, lunges, press ups, crunches, and so on.
Alternatively, if you’d like to get “un-bored” away from the house, maybe you can take up a hobby such as painting, or taking music lessons, and keeping your mind busy.
It Only Gets Easier
Losing weight becomes easier the longer you do it.
Studies have found that individuals who lost at least 35 lbs have managed keep the weight off for at least 2 ½ years, because over time, it takes less effort.
And this is something all dieters should look forward to!
Michelle became a Registered Dietitian in June 2008 and currently work with a team of physicians, fitness coaches, and psychologists to develop a multi-faceted obesity treatment program in Florida. Michelle regularly contributes to many publications, among them, Newsday, Self, Fitness, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Women’s Day.