If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know you’ve got to be mindful of the advice you take. Your coworker says you need to cut out carbs. Your mother-in-law knows the secret is to stop eating after 7 p.m. Your best friend swears she’ll be in swimsuit shape by March if she only eats once a day. Your gym buddy knows the secret to painless weight loss – daily cardio exercise and a strict diet.
However, if you’re desperately trying to squeeze in workouts and avoid your favorite high-calorie treats, it can seem like there’s nothing pain-free about it.
There is a better way: swap the all-or-nothing approach for some easy healthy switch-ups in your daily routine. Implementing some of our 99 Tips can lead to more weight loss than you ever imagined. Making just a few simple lifestyle changes can pack a big weight loss punch over time.
Here are the last 99 tips to lose weight you’ll ever need!
Probably the most important tip would be to drink plenty of water. Your body needs a lot of water, and not just as a way to flush out toxins. Having more water in your body will make you generally feel healthier and fitter, which in turn will discourage any tendency to gorge. Remember, water has no calories at all.
Start your day with a glass of cool water, as soon as you wake up. It’s a great way to start you day and will lessen the quantity of your breakfast after that. A glass of water releases all your digestive juices and, in a way, lubricates the insides of your body. You can still have your morning cup of coffee or tea (no sugar of course) but have it after a glass of water.
Drink a glass of water before you start the meal. You will feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself.
Have another glass of water during the meal. Again, another way of making yourself full so that you leave the table having eaten less, but still feeling full. Try taking sips after each morsel. It will help the food to settle faster so that you get that feeling that you are full faster. Water plays a vital role in weight control, which is why it occupies our first 4 tips. Just by implementing them alone, you can achieve significant results, given some time.
Cut on sweetened bottle drinks, especially sodas. All those colas and fizzy drinks are sweetened with sugar, meaning calories. The more you can cut out on sweetened bottle drinks, the better. Even cutting on diet sodas is beneficial.
Do not skip meals. One of the worst thing you can do while watching you diet is skip a meal. It will just have the opposite effect of what you want. You need to have at 3-4 regular meals every day.
A diet that contains products with high water content, like tomatoes and watermelons. They usually contain 90 to 95 % water and will fill you up without adding to the pounds.
Eat fresh fruits instead of drinking fruit juice. Juice is often artificially sweetened, while fresh fruits have natural sugars. When you eat whole fruits, you are also taking in a lot of vitamins and fiber, which brings us to our next tip.
Increase your fiber intake. Like I mentioned, the body needs a lot of fiber. So try to include in your diet as many fruits and vegetables as you can.
When craving for fruit juice go for fresh fruit juice; avoid products that contain artificial flavors and colors. Better still, try making your own fruit juice taking care not to sweeten it with too many calories and adding the occasional vegetable.
Choose fresh fruits instead of processed fruits. Processed and canned fruits lack the full fiber count of fresh fruits and processed and canned fruits are nearly always sweetened (sometimes both salted and sweetened).
Give vegetables a free reign. Vegetables are your best bet when it comes to losing pounds and among them the leafy green ones should be your first choice. Always include a salad in your diet.
In fact, if you’re interested in indoor gardening, you can try growing your own vegetables.Doing so saves you money on groceries and ensures that what you eat is pesticide-free. You can do research on some highly-rated grow lights and tools if you want to go that route.
Eat intelligently. Man, unlike beast, is driven by intelligence along with the instinct. Don’t just eat something because you feel like eating it. Ask yourself whether your body really needs it. Moreover, by delving a bit deeper into desires, we can see through their falsehood.
Watch what you eat. Keep a watchful eye on everything that goes in. Sometimes the garnishes can be richer than the food itself. Accompaniments too, can often be very ‘rich’. Recognize them for what they are and be honest with yourself, you don’t need them.
Control that sweet tooth. Sweet things usually mean more calories. It is normal to crave for sweet things, especially chocolates and other confectionary. Step lightly here and each time you consume something sweet know that it is going to add on somewhere.
Fix times to have meals and stick to them. Try to have food at fixed times of the day. You can stretch these times by 30 minutes, however anything more and you are going to affect your eating pattern. The result will be either a loss of appetite or that famished feeling which will make you stuff yourself with more than what is required the next time you eat.
Eat only when you are hungry. Some people have a tendency to eat whenever they see food. You have to understand that the effect of a whole week of dieting can be wasted by just one day’s party food at the weekend. Whenever you are offered something to eat you do not need to decline it completely, just break of a nibble so that you appear to mind your manners and at the same time you can watch your diet.
Quit snacking in between meals. The main problem with most snacks and junk food is that they are usually less filling and contain a lot of fat and calories. Just think about French fries… tempting but terribly fattening, and after a short while you need a real meal.
If you need to snack, snack on vegetables. When feeling hungry in between meals, try munching on carrots. They are an excellent way to satisfy those hungry pangs and are good for your eyes and teeth.
Go easy on tea and coffee. Tea and coffee are harmless by themselves, even beneficial. It’s when you add the cream and sugar that they become fattening. A cup of tea or coffee that has cream and two cubes of sugar is as bad as having a big piece of rich chocolate cake?
Go for black tea/coffee. Black tea or coffee can actually be good for you, just don’t go overboard with your coffee. The caffeine in the coffee can be harmful as it is an alkaloid and can affect other functions of your body like the metabolism.
Burn out any extra calories by the end of the week. When consuming more calories than you should have during the week, it happens to all of us, make sure that you work off those extra calories by the end of the week.
Stay away from fried things. Fried things are a big no. The more fried things that you avoid, the better you’ll be off. Fried things are called so because they are fried in oil or fat. And even if the external oil is drained away, there is still a lot of oil soaked in and you should stay away from it.
Fresh vegetables are better than cooked or canned vegetables. Try eating raw vegetables. When you cook them, you are taking away nearly half the vitamins in them. Canned vegetables are processed and are not nearly half as good as fresh vegetables.
No more than an egg a day. Eggs are not the best idea when trying to lose weight. It would be best to reduce your intake of eggs to something like three during a week. But for those of you die hard egg fans, you may have up to one egg a day, but no more than that.
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Melissa Bell has a strong background in nutrition education, fitness and yoga, and experience working on specialized stretching, bodybuilding and weight loss programs. She is actively studying Japanese, doing research and travelling for conferences while taking care of two children.