10 Easy Tips for Weight Loss: Stick to Your Diet with These Simple Strategies

Whether you're trying to shed five kgs or 30, these simple steps will help you feel fuller, think less about food, and resist the temptation to snack.

1. Bulk Up

Problem

Adding more veggies to your diet can help you feel fuller because they are loaded with fiber. But who wants to gnaw on raw carrots and celery? And salads can get boring very quickly.

Solution

Add more vegetables to your diet is by supplementing prepared meals with additional vegetables.

For example, if your meal is chili--add extra fresh bell peppers, onions and corn. If you're eating a low-calorie canned soup--add fresh carrots, zucchini and celery. You'll add bulk to your meals without adding many calories.

2. Go to Bed Early

Problem

Many people overeat late at night while watching their favorite reality show on TV. Don't blow a good day of healthy eating by overdoing it with extra calories at night.

Solution

If it's close to bedtime, resist the temptation to have that bowl of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and just crawl into bed with a good book instead.

3. Reduce Alcohol

Problem

Not only does alcohol add extra empty calories to your diet, it can also potentially lead to overeating, according to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Solution

When you're trying to drop a few kgs, limit your alcohol intake to wine. Only have a few units a week.

4. Get Motivated

Problem

Motivation is everything when it comes to losing weight. Starting a diet is easy, staying on a diet requires a ton of motivation.

Solution

Find out what motivates and inspires you. If you've taken up walking to help your weight loss efforts, try downloading an inspirational book from iTunes to listen to while you walk or listen to your favorite sound track.

5. Low-Cal Treats

Problem

Sooner or later your carb cravings will get the better of you. How you deal with this can either make or break a diet.

Solution

If you just have to have a sweet, reach for a low-calorie snack such as one of the many 100-calorie snack packs that are lining the grocery store shelves these days. This should satisfy your craving without adding too many extra calories.

6. Reduce Artificial Sweeteners

Problem

While most dieters reach for sugar-free foods to keep calories low, a study by Purdue University has shown that artificial sweeteners can actually lead to weight gain.

Solution

AVOID sweeteners at all costs.

7. Social Situations

Problem

It is easy to get caught up in the moment when attending a social event--and overindulge.

Solution

If you're trying to shed a few kgs, you might want to refrain from having a heavy social calendar during that time. Cut back on going out, if you have to make sure you stay constantly aware of your diet limits. Don't lose yourself.

8. Chew Gum

Problem

Sometimes hunger can creep up just from being bored.

Solution

All it takes to stave off a craving is to pop a piece of gum in your mouth. If you know that you've had a balanced diet for the day and truly aren't hungry, the flavor and just having something in your mouth might be enough to satisfy you.

9. Keep Busy

Problem

Eating out of boredom is how many people pack on extra kgs.

Solution

Think about what time of day you tend to overeat the most, then plan an activity for that time of day to keep your mind off the refrigerator.

10. Stay Hydrated

Problem

Sometimes you might think you're hungry, when in fact you are just thirsty. Make sure to drink the amount of water your body needs.

Solution

Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water per day. Keep track by using the same water bottle and keep track of how many you have been through.

Whatever diet you attempt, these tips should supplement your program and help you achieve your goal weight.

As with any diet and exercise program, be sure to check with your physician before getting started.




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