Losing weight is a lot of work and requires exercise and diet for better and quick results. With all your research and putting thoughts about dieting, meal planning, and going to the gym, it can be intimidating and overwhelming at first. But with the right strategies, you can achieve this goal without hating on the process.
If the mere thought of dieting freaks you out and you think you can’t be able to consistently count calories, you can start small and day by day. You go on your own pace and smart strategy. You can also cut back on calories without monitoring strictly the numbers.
Lifestyle changes can feel a little restricting. However, there are things you can switch up to lead a lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle without putting yourself in a box.
Understand your body’s hunger signals
First things first: the more you understand how your body, particularly your hunger signal works, you’ll find it easier to control and consume just the right number of calories your body needs.
Take time to get to know your body better and recognize when it gets real hungry and when it gets close to full. This way you’re able to avoid munching on food or snacks when not needed. In addition to that, avoid any distractions while eating such as watching TV for this can encourage eating more. As much as possible, try to stop eating when you feel as if your body is close to being full.
Cut down on carbs
What you want to do when losing weight is cutting back on carbs. This means stepping away from bread, pastries, and grains for these are surefire sources of high calories while serving only few nutrients. While we’re at it, you’ll also want to cut down on sugar.
Time your meals
To eat whenever you feel as if your body needs isn’t a good move. Yes, eating as per your body’s rhythm is a key element in losing weight. But timed meals, a daily meal routine, can help elevate your hunger signals and take advantage of your digestive tract. For instance, setting your breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 12 nn, and dinner at 6 pm. Of course, it’s different for everyone. Some practice intermittent fasting while others prefer having 5 small meals a day. Understand what your body needs and work around that.
Fill your plate with veggies and fruits first
To feed your body with more nutritional foods, fill your plate first with fruits and veggies so as to prioritize calorie-friendly foods that serve your body well. As a rule of thumb, your plate should consist of 50% vegetables, 25% whole grains, and 25% protein.
Use smaller plates
Choosing smaller plates instead of your normal or big ones when eating tricks your brain that you’re eating just the right amount of food. Since the plate is small, it’s easier to fill so when you feel like going for another round of eating, you’ll feel as if you’re eating too much and it signals that your body may have had enough.
Drink more water
This is like the “golden rule” of keeping a healthy body. Drink plenty of water. Not only will this practice improve your digestion and keep your body hydrated, but this also helps in making you eat less for it makes you fuller.
Making few and simple changes to your routine are enough to slowly pace your way to a healthier lifestyle. What are some changes you’ve made for the betterment of yours? Share your experience with us!
About the author: Chie is a daytime writer for Manettas, an online & interactive seafood market that allow customers to have access to a variety of fresh seafoods without leaving home.