9 Simple Weight Loss Tips
By Laura Kelly-Pifer
Did you know that your kitchen could make or break your weight loss efforts?
If your goal is to lose weight or become healthier in general this year, these nine simple tips could help you on your quest to slim down.
- Make healthy snacks accessible. Have a bowl of fruit (like apples or pears) out in plain sight. Also, wash and cut up fruit and veggies snacks and place them in reusable containers at eye level in your fridge. This makes these snacks easier to grab.
- Have a salad every day. Salads are a great way to get those healthy nutrients in while filling us up too. Just like with tip # 1, wash and prep a few days worth of salads at once to save on time and so that it’s easy to grab. Enjoy one each day with your favorite vinaigrette.
- Watch your portions. Over estimating portion sizes can stall your weight loss. Instead of eyeballing it, measure your food with measuring spoons and cups and invest in a good kitchen scale.
- Plan ahead. If you choose to eat chips or crackers, do so like this. Grab a few plastic baggies and create your own 100 cal snack packs. It’s so easy when you grab a bag of chips to lose count and then end up eating more than you should have.
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind – That old saying works! If unhealthy food is not in your kitchen, you’re less tempted to grab it. Instead, choose to have those items for your “flex” meal.
- Use smaller sized plates. A healthy dinner should fit on a 9-inch plate. You’ll save un-necessary calories by using a smaller plate.
- Experiment with your cooking. You may be used to fried foods but there are other, sometimes healthier, ways to cook including: roasting, steaming, poaching, baking, braising and broiling. Experiment and see which ways you enjoy cooking.
- Leftovers ROCK! Turn dinner into a healthy lunch the next day by wrapping your healthy leftovers. You’ll save a few bucks since you’re not eating lunch out and have a healthy meal.
- It’s a wrap. Wrap up any extra food you’ve cooked before you sit down to a meal so you’re not tempted to get seconds. It’s easy to go back for seconds, even thirds when food is left out.
If you’ve looked at this list and thought that it’s too much to do at once, no worries. You can easily transition into doing them. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. The more you do these things, the easier it will become. Remember, that this is for lasting weight loss and healthy living. Make it manageable for you so that you’ll stick with it for life.
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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Self-Discovery CoachTM who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!