Everybody knows the holy trio of losing weight: healthy diet plan, exercise and healthy lifestyle. If you ask people what to do to get rid of some pounds, this is the first thing most of them will tell you. However, there are also other ways to help your weight loss, so that you suffer less for the same results.
Here are a few easy ways to lose weight:
Don’t give up your culinary pleasures completely. This will only frustrate you, therefore making you give up before you reach your weight loss goals. Pick one day per week, one evening in which you can spoil yourself with foods you love. They don’t need to be high in calories. For instance, 12 large shrimps account for only 60 calories, so if you like sea food, this could be a great idea for your special weekly dinner.
If you crave for high caloric foods such as ice cream or cheese, eat some, but make them the main dish of your meal and not something you munch on when you are already almost full.
Another way to help weight loss is to drink plenty of water. Beware, carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices don’t pass as water. They may contain quite a lot of sugar, thus making you consumer more calories than you really think you do. Stick to plain water instead. You may add a slice of lemon to make it a bit more palatable, if you wish.
Be more active and make this your new daily routine. It’s easy to measure how active you really are. Buy a pedometer and determine how many steps you make every day. If you make 2000 steps, for instance, try to gradually increase this number to 3000 or even more within one month or so. The more you move, the more calories you consume, therefore the less weight you accumulate. If the calorie consumption is higher than the intake, the result is weight loss, as the body starts to use the fat deposits to generate energy.
You probably heard that walking for 30 minutes every day helps maintaining your health. Recent studies showed that for sedentary people, this is the equivalent of maintaining their actual weight. If you push this interval to 45 minutes of walking per day, you are going to lose weight if you don’t compensate the extra time with more food.
There’s another way of losing weight which may seem hilarious, but which is proven to work: replace your plates with smaller ones. If you have large plates, you are tempted to fill them with more food. After that, you feel the urge to finish off the food in your plate and this is a very easy way to overeat. If you use smaller plates, you are going to eat less and still feel like you ate a lavish meal.
This is also a good principle to follow when it comes to drinks. You probably shouldn’t drink beer at all, but if you can’t help yourself, at least use small glasses, so that you drink less and have the feeling you had a lot of beer or wine.
Another good principle of losing weight rapidly is to eat a lot of vegetables. Salads can make excellent side dishes. They are a much better option than French fries, rice or pasta and they are delicious. Consequently, you can increase the size of the salads and shrink a little the main dish, so that you restrict your calorie intake even more without decreasing the food quantity.
These are small tricks that can take you a long way. The only thing to keep in mind is that you need to be consistent, because the effects will accumulate over a longer period of time.