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Are you one of the people who think that losing weight and staying slim is not an easy task? To be honest, losing weight can be a difficult task if you think that losing weight is a difficult task. Most of the people in this world are fit because they are not occupied with this thinking. They just follow a proper schedule, proper diet and are determined in achieving their goals.
Even I was fat, but I followed a healthy diet, exercised on a daily basis and in a span of few weeks I turned from fat to fit and thus, writing this post today. If I can do it, then why can’t you? You just need to be determined in achieving your goals. So, below I have mentioned some of the easy lifestyle changes(mostly about your eating habits) you need to adapt to achieve your goals.
1. EARLY BIRD
Many people try to cut calories from breakfast and lunch and then get hungry which should not be done. In fact, research shows you should eat most of the food early in the day as this will help you eat less at night – which is a good idea since most of us won’t be physically active after an evening meal.
This one is the most important change which I adapted. I made my breakfast the heaviest meal of the day and then kept on reducing the number of calories which I consumed during every meal. So eventually, dinner used to be the lightest.
2. START SMART
Begin lunch and dinner with a broth-based soup or veggie-rich salad, we prefer to have a salad. This will fill you up with a high volume of low-calorie food thereby displacing some of the foods you’ll eat next- which are usually higher in calories. You can also eat some healthy fat(around 60-70cals) like few slices of avocado or even a handful of nuts 10 minutes before each meal. This helps activate ghrelin, a hormone that helps your body know that you’re full and prevents you from overeating.
I personally didn’t follow this, as I used to do a lot of physical activity after my lunch, eventually burning up those calories. So this does not mean that even you should not adopt it. I was on the wrong path by not adopting it, so you should not do the same.
3. THE 3 HOUR RULE
Try to have a moderate meal (80-100 cals) with healthy snacks every three hours between meals. What’s the benefit? It can keep your blood sugar level steady, energy up and keep you from over-indulging. It helps in keeping your metabolism alive and active which is crucial in staying slim.
5. TRIM PORTIONS
Everything from beverages to sandwiches is two to four times bigger these days. So, if you grab a sandwich or eat out it is highly likely that you will be served more than what you need or what you can eat.
6. CUT OUT THIS BAD COMBO
Avoid those snacks made using white flour and sugar, like white bread, cookies, etc. It is a deadly combo as it signals your body to start producing more insulin thereby setting the stage for turning calories into fat, fat, and more fat.
7. FILL UP THE FIBER
Remove out calorie-dense foods by filling up on fruits and veggies. Hitting that mid-afternoon slump? Reach for Bananas-they will give you the needed boost. Munching on nature’s bounty not only is a good habit but also helps you get dozens of disease-fighting phytochemicals and vitamins in your body. Start by eating an extra serving of fruit and vegetable in a day. The biggest fiber source: Beans. Just a cup of black beans will fetch you nearly 14-15 grams of fiber.
8. HAVE LIQUID ASSETS
Research shows that people often make adjustments to eat lesser calories over the course of a day after eating some solid food such as candies but not after they drink the same amount of calories in a soda glass, and if you want to replace these drinks with their calorie free versions, rethink it. Some research also suggests that people drinking low or zero-calorie drinks may actually end up eating more.
The best thirst reliever and a dieter’s best friend is still the plain old H2O. But If you drink anything with calories like fruit juice, sweetened coffee or tea, you should adjust your diet accordingly to accommodate these extra calories.
9. STEP IT UP
Walking is very beneficial in maintaining or losing weight. so start walking to keep the weight at a bay, the goal is to take 10000 to 11000 steps(around 80 minutes) a day. There is no need to do it all at once. Start with 2000 steps a day or around 15 mins of walking. Add another 5 mins (500 steps) each week. There are many other sneaky little ways as well to add more steps to your day like walk while you talk on the phone or get up and walk during TV commercials.
10. BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Brush your teeth right after dinner instead at bedtime. You must be an irresistible snacker in the evening but you won’t like messing up freshly brushed teeth.
11. THINK THIN
Your mind is a secret weapon in your quest to weight loss. Seeing is believing, you have to visualize yourself as thin if you want to become thin. Visualise what you are wearing, who you are with, where you are, and how do you feel. The more vivid the visualization the more real it will feel to you and more likely it will take form.
I can just show you the steps and lifestyle you need to follow to be fit, but a little hard work and being determined to achieve your goals is in your hands. If you want further motivation or a more detailed idea to achieve your goals, then please do let me know. I am always there for your help.
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