17 Easy Tips to Lose Weight without a Diet

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The healthy eating debate has been happening for many years now. How to navigate around all of the advice given? What really does work and what does not? Well, we recommend starting with small changes. Here are a few tips bound to make your life a lot better.

  1. Baked goods are so delightfully delicious but they also are very low in fiber or nutritional value and very high in calories. White flour is know to spike blood sugar levels leaving you feeling tired and craving more carbs and/or sweets.
  2. Limit the use of sugar every day. Make sure to read labels and look for foods that have no more than 5g of sugar per serving. If you are used to drinking your tea or coffee sweetened consider another alternative like Stevia based sweetener or simply start cutting it out gradually until your taste buds adjust and might not even need added sugar.It might take awhile but long term you can cut pounds of sugar out of your diet by simply eliminating it from coffee or tea.
  3. Reduce the amount of treats and chocolate eaten by diving it into 2 peaces. Whenever you crave something sweet try mixing coconut oil with some sweetened cocoa. Leave it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and enjoy. Healthy and delicious!
  4. Say no to French fries and potato chips. Besides the fact that they are cooked in frying oil, french fries and potato chips have very little nutritional value but are extremely high in calories and can also increase your cravings for sweets. Avoid if possible and only eat it occasionally in small amounts.
  5. Avoid mayonnaise. 100 g of mayonnaise contains about a quarter of your total daily calories. Most mayonnaise ingredients are processed and are unhealthy for you. It can also increase cravings.
  6. Eat a raw veggie before each meal. This will not only help with digestion, give you fiber but will also make you feel fuller quicker therefore you will consume less calories and in turn lose weight without much effort or deprivation.
  7. We cannot emphasize the importance of water enough. Daily recommendation is half your body weight in ounces. Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack. Very often our bodies interpret thirst for hunger.
  8. Make sure that your breakfast cereal is not loaded with sugar and has a mixed variety or nuts and seeds.
  9. Do not believe the hype of skipping dinner. It is just as important as breakfast but should be light (will help you sleep better) but also full of nutrients and fiber.
  10. Chew your food well. Try to enjoy every bite. Make sure to not eat in front of the TV or computer. Try to be aware of what the food tastes and how it makes you feel.
  11. One of the simple ways to trick your brain in believing you are eating more than you actually are is switching your regular dinner plates to smaller appetizer plates. This way you can load your plate once as full as you can and it will still be less than if you put average amount of food on your regular dinner plate.
  12. Do not go for seconds. This way you will help your body to tell you when it is already full.
  13. It is always better to throw leftovers in the trash than clog your stomach and arteries.
  14. At night, after you have already had dinner, if you feel cravings coming on, drink some hot spiced tea. It should help with cravings and it will be a nice way to warm yourself up especially on the cold winter nights.
  15. Try to be in bed by 10 pm. The longer you stay up the less likely that your tired body will be able to control the cravings and the more likely that you will give in into the temptation to eat more food.
  16. Sleep longer. Numerous studies show that people who sleep less than 8 hours per night are more likely to be overweight.
  17. Just move! There is no need for a gym or excuses that you have no time to exercise. There are so many simple and very little time consuming ways to get your body moving more. Instead of stacking things that need to be brought upstairs take one thing at a time, park your car as far as you can when going grocery shopping, do squats while waiting for dinner to be ready and remember to stretch!
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