Make these 12 lifestyle tweaks to start shedding pounds fast:
American University studies have found that when people go on the weight loss journey together they are markedly more successful at losing the weight and keeping it off for longer. Try an online group if time is a problem.
Write it down
By writing own everything you consume you will have a far better idea of what you are eating as opposed to what you should be eating. The nutritional value of most foods can easily be found with an online search or study the packaging for accurate information.
Add it up and add some more…
Even if you think you kept a meticulous diary add 10% of the total calorie value to your total. This allows for hidden calories you don’t even know you consumed!
Stick to water
A mass of empty calories are often hidden in drinks like soda, fruit juice and so on, so stay hydrated with water.
The little engine that could
If you believe it, it can be. Motivate yourself by using positive thoughts to affirm your goal.
Quit it one at a time
Resist dessert cravings. Researchers found that cravings last only seven minutes. One less treat each day could save you as many as 100 calories a day!
Don’t empty your plate
Eat from smaller plates and always leave 3 or 4 bites on the plate. This will shrink the number of calories mindlessly eaten to clear your plate.
Clean up and work out
A good aerobic exercise is house cleaning! Just 30 minutes of mopping, scrubbing or window washing could burn up 120 calories.
Give pangs a punch in the nose
Aromatherapy works well to treat those pangs and it is easier and cheaper than you think! Studies by the Research Foundation in Chicago supports this claim. Just turn to your fruit bowl when hunger strikes and sniff an apple, banana or peppermint oil.
Don’t be a couch potato
By swapping your least favorite TV program for something physical you can make a huge difference to your weight and heart health.
The color blue suppresses appetite! Dish up onto blue plates and see what a difference it makes.
Wait for it…
Don’t eat out of habit or boredom. Only eat when your stomach signals the brain that you are hungry.