Are you starting the new year with the same old resolution – losing some pounds and keeping it off?
We often wax lyrical about the newest steak in the town and are enthusiastic to try our favorite dessert recipe. However, there’s one question that renders all food lovers speechless. “How to eat all the delectable food that exists in the world while maintaining a healthy weight?”
Wouldn’t it be exciting if eating anything doesn’t make a difference in calories? But since there’s no such thing as this, it turns out you need to be conscious of what you eat if you wish to attain a healthy lifestyle. However, if you belong to an eat-to-live camp, you might already know there’s no fun in never indulging in your favorite food now and then.
You might have heard of the promise – eat all you want and shed weight. But, the skeptic soul that resides in you might ponder; this is precisely how you put on weight in the first place. However, this time it’s real.
Sounds so good to be true? Here’s the roundup of some of the easy and painless weight losing tactics without the need to go for a proper diet:
- Make smart choices
Most people hold out hope for the things that they haven’t yet accomplished in their life. For instance, it can be a luxury home, a new relationship, a stable job. And most importantly, a slim figure.
However, know that happiness isn’t all about a slender waist and slim body. Real happiness lies in accepting the way you are and following the fashion trends that spark your interest. And if you are plus-size and fond of straight-leg jeans, embrace your body and go for it. Now, that doesn’t imply you can continue keeping your body weight within the unhealthy range.
If you struggle to fit in the plus size straight leg jeans, opt for a slightly wise decision – keep an eye on portion sizes. For instance, instead of keeping the whole pack of fries to yourself, share a small portion with your partner. All in all, satisfy your cravings by making prudent choices when you know the food you want to eat doesn’t count as healthy.
- Drink plenty of water
Does your body confuse thirst with hunger? Then, it’s time to keep an eye out for your water intake. Carry a water bottle with you to have a physical reminder to drink water throughout the day.
There are other best practices too that you can try. For instance, drink at least one glass of water before every meal to feel your tummy full faster. You can also take a few sips between your meals to mask your hunger.
And while you are at it, don’t forget to cut down your liquid calories by replacing sweetened drinks with sparkling water.
- Plan ahead
Imagine you got home late from a long and tiring day at work. There is a high possibility that you can’t wait to plan for dinner since you are already starving too much. So, you will most likely grab the first thing you like and bring it to your diner table.
Therefore, a good practice is to plan for your next meal when you are not hungry. So today, when you sit down at your dinner table, make sure to plan what you will have tomorrow. It will also give you time to prepare what you need for your meal ahead of time.
Remember, shedding some pounds doesn’t imply eating fresh fruits and pot herbs all day long. Nor do you need to give up on the food you love. Instead, the secret sauce of the eat-what-you-love diet is moderation. For instance, if you have eaten a lunch laden with excessive calories, try to indulge in a meal with fewer calories at dinner.
- Enjoy beauty sleep
Getting good-quality sleep every night is critically important for every individual to live a healthy life. Lack of sleep increases the hormone level – ghrelin, which makes us crave unhealthy foods.
Often people have a habit of eating junk food or ice cream late at night because of sleep deprivation. However, you need to suppress your hunger as late-night cravings contribute to weight gain if you are among those people.
Moreover, the more time you are awake, the more time you have to consume food. Therefore, ensure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- Sweat it out
Working out is undeniably crucial to losing body fat. However, if you exercise just for the sake of burning calories, your workout will feel like a chore, and in no time, you’ll get bored.
Therefore, find exercises that help you burn your calories but at the same time are also enjoyable for you so you can do so regularly. For instance, aerobic activities such as jogging, walking, and biking, even for 30 minutes per day, are enough to lose some pounds. You can also split these exercises into 10 minutes intervals throughout the day to make it easy for you.
Simple activities, such as walking while on your call, taking stairs instead of elevators, dancing when a song plays, can keep your body in perfect shape.
Burning calories and losing weight is an ongoing journey, not just a sprint that you can achieve overnight. Admittedly, it may seem like a tall order at first. However, this journey will undoubtedly breed positive results in the long run.
All you need is to plan your meal well in advance and control what you eat each day (don’t forget to include your favorites, too). And try to take it slow, such as getting your body moving, staying hydrated, practicing mindful eating, and avoiding distractions while eating. These gradual changes can snowball into significant benefits down the line.
And thus, no matter if you can’t survive without your hot chocolate or afternoon salad. These effective hacks will keep your hunger pangs satisfied and keep the weight in check.