Losing weight does not have to be an overwhelming task. Start by incorporating simple guidelines to help keep you on track. These “no-diet” tips can help you develop healthy habits to facilitate your weight loss goals.
Tip #1 – Drink ice cold water. Sipping cold water throughout the day helps the body burn more calories and boosts metabolism.
Tip #2 – Cut out sodas. Eliminate this source of empty calories and sugar from your diet. Just one soda adds up to 200 calories and 30 grams of sugar to your caloric intake while providing little nutritional value. No cheating by drinking diet sodas. Use this an opportunity to drink more water.
Tip #3 – Eat smaller portions. In general, a single serving of a food item should be no larger than the size of the palm of your hand. Portion sizes at restaurants and fast food chains have become larger and larger over the years. Eating smaller portions at each meal decreases your caloric intake, thereby reducing your chances of weight gain from overeating.
Tip #4 – Stock your kitchen with healthy, easy-to-prepare meals. Avoid the temptation of the fast food drive-thru by keeping easy, low-prep meals and snacks on hand. Be able to whip together a healthy meal or snack anytime by staying stocked up on frozen vegetables, pre-washed salads, canned beans, pre-cut chicken breasts, organic yogurt, organic cheese, and brown rice.
Tip #5 – Don’t eat while watching television. It is the natural tendency to snack while watching television. It is easy to mindlessly overeat whether you’re snacking on chips or carrot sticks. Excess calories will be stored as fat no matter how healthy the snack is. Sip on green tea instead for an oral fixation.
Tip #6 – Detox on a daily basis. We are constantly exposed to toxins from our environment. Our bodies are unable to eliminate some toxins such as heavy metals. As toxins accumulate, our bodies hold on to fat tissue to protect vital organs from them. It is necessary to detox daily by drinking plenty of water, eating leafy, green vegetables, and exercising. Add a zeolite supplement to your diet to help remove heavy metals.
Tip #7 – Manage stress levels. During times of high stress, you may eat when you’re not hungry in an attempt to relieve stress and fulfill emotional needs (called stress eating or emotional eating). It is important to get a handle on stress in order to prevent weight gain. What reduces stress for one person may not work for another. Reduce stress by taking up a new hobby, journaling, or even practicing yoga and meditation.
Tip #8 – Count the quality of calories instead of the quantity of calories. Many people suffer from nutrient deficiencies because of poor food choices. This deficiency can cause overeating which leads to excess weight gain. Make sure the majority of your diet consists of nutrient dense items such as organic fruits and vegetables, superfoods, and legumes. Stay away from fast food and junk food which provide little nutritional value for the body.
Tip #9 – Incorporate resistance training in your workout. Resistance training exercises, such as weight lifting, increases muscle mass. The more lean muscle tissue you have the more fat you will burn.
Tip #10 – Move your body. Many people sit in front of a computer all day at work just to come home and sit in front of the television all evening. Stay active throughout the day by parking in the space furthest from the entrance, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and standing for periods of time instead of staying seated. The more active you are, the more calories you will burn.