Weight-loss is a big topic that is on the majority of the population’s mind. With today’s busy schedules though it can be on the bottom of your priority list to come up with ways to get back in shape. Maybe it’s always on your mind, but there is just no room for the gym, cooking, or whatever goes along with the whole weight-loss burden. So I have gathered a few tips that will help you lose some weight without having to stress over limited time or getting back into the fitness routine.
1.Drink More Water.
Whenever I tell people this, they always respond with something along the lines of “ I do all the time.” I have no reason to believe they are trying to deceive, but I do think most people estimate wrong. Before you disregard this tip because you “already do this,” give yourself the challenge to actually track your water intake. I like to carry around a 30 oz bottle and make it a game to refill it 4-6 times a day. Make it an all day game if you don’t like to drink water. I like to drink a glass as soon as I wake up, a bottle after the gym at 7am, another bottle on my drive to work, a bottle during lunch, and I have made it 75% there. One more bottle anytime after lunch and I am done with my minimum personal goal!
Okay, so now that I re-ignited your passion for water, let me remind you of some of the reasons you always loved water to begin with:
Water helps your body flush toxins.
Water keeps you regular- if you know what I mean...
Water keeps you full and less likely to give into cravings throughout the day.
You can use it to define if you are really hungry. If you have a craving, drink a full glass. 30 minutes later, if you’re still hungry, eat a healthy snack or meal.
If you drink a full glass 20 minutes before a meal and you will eat less
Water will keep your skin looking healthier
2. Add Lemon and Cayenne to Your Water
Every morning you can kick start your metabolism with a pinch of Cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon in your water. This mix is great for:
Boosting your metabolism
Easing the elimination of toxins
Supports your immune system
Provides tons of Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin C
3. Instagram your Meals
Aha! Why does this one make you feel uncomfortable?
Sharing pictures of your meals will give you many virtual accountability partners.
Sharing your meal pictures keeps you honest with yourself about its nutritional value.
You can track every piece of food that goes into your body. You’ll most likely be surprised at your weekly number and quality of meals.
Don’t want to share your pictures? Still take pictures and make yourself a private file on your phone or computer. The important part is seeing how much and what you really eat. this alone can save you from consuming hundreds of extra low-quality calories.
4. Don’t let Yourself Feel Hungry
When you allow yourself to get too hungry, it is so much harder to control your cravings. You need to keep yourself in a stable mode when it comes to hunger. If you think you begin to get hungry, ask yourself if it’s really hunger or emotions. If it’s real hunger starting up, listen and tend it with something healthy. Do not eat until you are full though. Remember portion control and stopping at satisfied- not stuffed. Doing this will make turning down unhealthy food choices much easier, and subsequently your calorie intake will be much lower.
5. Go the Long Way
When you are at work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you get up to use the restroom, go to the furthest ones in the building. If you are waiting for your kids at soccer practice, walk back forth from one end of the field to the other. If you go to the grocery store, park farther away from the entrance. This are simple and might not sound like they can make a difference, but if you can burn an extra 50 calories a day, is that not better than what you had before?
Let us know which ones worked for you and what other ideas you have implemented along with any of these.