When it comes to making changes to lose weight, some people turn to outrageous diets that are oftentimes ineffective or dangerous. Others may think that the only way to lose weight is to give up the foods they love. If you’re looking to trim a few inches off your waistline, such radical tactics may not be the solution you’re looking for. Sometimes, small changes have the biggest benefits.
Lifestyle changes take time, but making a few gradual adjustments in your daily routine can leave you feeling better mentally and physically.
Here are some simple and realistic changes that will encourage weight loss:
1. PROTEIN-PACKED BREAKFAST
Put down that bagel and start your day with an omelet. Choosing to eat an egg-based breakfast will satisfy your stomach and keep you feeling full longer.
2. TURN OFF THE TV AND DON’T EAT WHEN BORED
Mindless eating is one of the greatest culprits of extra calories. Have you ever felt as if your hand is on autopilot when reaching in a bag of chips? Avoid eating while you are bored to keep you from grabbing an unnecessary snack.
3. EAT ON SMALLER PLATES
Plating your meals on small dishes will trick your brain in to thinking you are eating more. Using smaller plates will also help you avoid overeating by giving you a limited portion size.
4. CUT OUT THE CONDIMENTS
Mayonaise, mustard, maple syrup, you name it—condiments are packed full of calories. So before you request that third packet of ranch at the drive-through, you might want to re-evaluate your caloric intake.
5. SLIM DOWN YOUR DAILY COFFEE
Did you know that the smallest size Starbucks lattes have up to 400 calories? If you’re craving that daily cup of joe, settle for skinny. Try a cup of black coffee substituting skim milk for high-calorie coffee creamer.
6. SWAP SNACKS FOR HEALTHIER OPTIONS
If you want to avoid high-calorie processed munchies, avoid the snack aisles in the grocery store. If you’re craving something crunchy, buy a bag of assorted nuts (unsalted), or some carrots and celery.
7. TAKE THE STAIRS
Switch up your normal routine and take a flight of stairs on your way up to work in the morning. A little extra walking a day will help you to live a more active lifestyle.
Small steps lead to big changes. Keep in mind that change is not immediate. Diets are temporary, but gradual lifestyle changes can be permanent.