Contrary to what some fitness experts claim, you do not have to turn your life upside down and sacrifice all you find pleasurable in the world to lose weight. The trick is to know which small changes, when made together, add up to make a big difference. Each of these ten tips is easy to implement on its own, and if you can tick off all ten boxes, the number you see on the scale each week will start shrinking.
Eat In: Studies show that people consume 300 more calories per meal when they eat out, so if you are serious about cutting back, spend more time in the kitchen and less making reservations. Preparing foods in bulk on the weekend makes it easier to get healthy meals on the table during the week.
Get a Scale: Weigh yourself each week and record your weight in a journal. This lets you know if what you are doing is working and keeps you accountable at least to yourself. Hiding from the scale is just hiding from the truth so make sure you have one, and make sure you use it
Quit Drinking Calories: If you drink soda, juice, beer or other caloric beverages, you could be adding hundreds of additional calories to your diet each day. Stick to water, tea and other calorie-free beverages, and take adequate fluids to stay fully hydrated.
Get Active: Working out is great, but what about all the hours outside of the gym? Take the stairs, walk to the store, do some gardening; anything that gets you off of your butt and burns some extra calories.
Decompress: Modern life can be quite stressful, as we all seem to be juggling busy schedules and biting off all we can chew. Manage your stress levels, meditating, or spending quiet time doing something relaxing and enjoyable.
Dinner Salad: Fill half of your dinner plate with a fresh salad each night. Baby spinach, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, seeds and nuts are great ingredients to use. Use a light vinaigrette instead of a thick, creamy dressing. A good salad is healthy, delicious and filling, and it will reduce your calorie intake at dinner.
Cultivate Motivation: Use photos, collages, inspirational quotes and anything else that will keep you going when you feeling like calling it quits and ordering a pizza. Will power is giving up what you want now to get what you want most keep that in mind for those times when you feel like throwing in the towel.
Plan a Cheat Meal: Allow yourself to enjoy one meal each week where you can eat whatever you like. Use it as a psychological breather and eat whatever you have been craving during the week.
Look in the Mirror: It tells you the truth, like it or not. If you do not like what you see, do not cry about it start changing it instead.
Clean House: If you do not want to eat it, get it out of your house. You will probably give in and eat at if it is there so get rid of it now!