Carol’s Top 10 Weight Loss Tricks that ACTUALLY WORK!
Despite the title of this article I don’t actually believe in weight loss tricks. When people try fad diets, they tend to lose weight, but then gain it right back. This is because fad diets are not sustainable. You may be able to follow a program for a few weeks, even a couple of months. Eventually though you get tired of what you’re eating, hungry, or a combination. And when you go back to your previous habits, the weight returns. People often gain back what they lost, plus some.
So instead of dieting, how about trying to eat healthier. Instead of giving up your favorite foods, start incorporating more vegetables into your daily regimen and see where that takes you. Often by eating more vegetables, you will start to crave healthier foods.
The following tricks are actually ways to help you eat healthier. Instead of telling you what you can’t have, I am going to tell you what you can have. Weight loss is not about deprivation. Restriction doesn’t work.
Eating well will get you healthy; and thin!
10. Eat breakfast. Here’s what happens when you don’t eat breakfast. By the time your first meal of the day comes around you’re starving. You overeat. Make the wrong choices. Your body is in starvation mode and craves fat; and anything else you can get your hands on. People who eat breakfast make healthier choices the rest of the day. They also eat smaller meals and snack less. If you think you are saving calories by skipping breakfast, you aren’t. You will make up for those lost calories later in the day. If you want to skip a meal, skip dinner, or snack-time.
9. Cut back on dairy. Whether your realize it or not, dairy is difficult to digest, and therefore probably hindering you from losing weight. If you are wondering why you are having trouble losing weight, cut back on dairy for a few weeks. You will most likely lose weight from this step alone. As an added benefit, the calcium in green vegetables and beans is more absorbable than the calcium in dairy products. So enjoy some broccoli and skip the cheese!
8. Make lunch your biggest meal. You digestion is more efficient in the morning and afternoon. As the day wears on, you have less time to digest your meals. If you eat a big dinner at 7 or 8pm and then go to bed a couple of hours later, chances are some of that food is going to sit with you all night. New scientific studies are showing that if you eat the same amount of calories, but ingest more of them in the earlier part of the day, you will lose weight. Let me say that again, you don’t have to cut calories to lose weight! Just eat more of those calories in the earlier part of the day.
7. Save the sweets until the cravings hits. Most people crave sweets at 3pm or 4pm. It’s the natural time when our blood sugar drops. We crave sweets to keep us awake. If you start the day off with something sweet, you will most likely want more sweets throughout the day. Hold off on that sweet taste for as long as possible.
6. Eat nuts! New scientific studies are showing that nuts help people lose weight. Nuts are high in good quality fats. Your body loves these fats. They get digested and used quickly. Nuts also fill you up and keep you full. That means when you have some good fat, you will eat less food throughout the day. Raw or dry roasted nuts are best for weight loss.
5. Enjoy dark chocolate. Most people, women especially, crave dark chocolate. If you aren’t a fan of chocolate don’t start eating it now. But if you are, have dark chocolate. 70% cocoa content or higher. This chocolate has less sugar. It also has a stronger flavor. You will be satisfied with less.
4. Take a walk. Besides being good for your heart, lungs, and burning extra calories, walking is great for other reasons. People who go for a walk feel healthier. When they come in from taking a walk (or exercising) they usually want to eat healthy and do other healthy things for their body, including drink more water. When you walk you increase your endorphins. These are our feel-good chemicals. Once you start walking you may not want to stop. Often people who give themselves time for a 10 minute walk, end up staying out much longer. Because it makes us feel so good!
3. Drink water. Sometimes when you feel hungry you are actually thirsty. Ever felt famished, then had a big glass of water and realized you weren’t hungry anymore? People who drink water throughout the day eat less and snack less.
2. Eat more fruit. Next time you crave candy or cookies in the afternoon, try some fruit instead. If you keep fresh cut fruit in the refrigerator where you can see it when you open the door or with you at work sitting on your desk, chances are you will reach for that as your snack instead of junk.
1. Eat more Vegetables! Have a vegetable with every meal. This is a joke. Sort of. Ideally that would be wonderful, but it’s not manageable for everyone. Instead have a vegetable with at least one meal per day. If you can do two meals, that’s even better! Vegetables fill you up. So if you get a side of broccoli with that chicken Parmigiana, chances are you will eat a little less of the chicken if you let yourself enjoy the broccoli. Vegetables also make you feel good. Not only do they make you healthy, they make you feel healthy. When you feel healthy you want to do other healthy things. Such as, taking a walk, drinking more water, eating fruit, and yes, eating even more vegetables. It’s a wonderful cycle. Get on the wagon!!
Carol Wasserman is a holistic nutritionist with a private practice in Manhattan, New York. She specializes in healthy weight loss. Visit her website at www.GetHealthyWithCarol.com.