Losing weight is broken down by 70% diet and 30% exercise, which is why there are so many weight loss programs promoting portion control or point systems to help you manage your diet. But, there are subtle ways you can change or include into your daily routine to help you shed those pesky pounds without having to starve yourself or sign up for a pricey program. We’ll explore a few options to help you kick start a healthier lifestyle without the huge commitment.
When we are hungry, our natural instinct is to of course eat until we feel full. But often times we eat too quickly to hear our body’s trigger letting us know when we are satisfied. SLOW DOWN the pace of your eating allowing your stomach to relay that message to your brain that you are full. We’re sure you’ve heard of the saying, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” It’s difficult to restrain yourself from wanting to indulge in a heaping plate full of delicious food, but try eating on a smaller plate, you might find that you don’t need to eat as much as you thought to satisfy your hunger.
Losing Weight Without Dieting Tip: Thirst can often mask as hunger. When hunger strikes, drink a glass of water and wait 15-20 minutes. If still hungry, then eat.
It goes without saying that water is the best hydration when you are thirsty, but the old “drink 8 glasses of water” spiel we’ve heard all our lives has a lot of validity to it. Start your day off with a tall glass of warm water with lemon. Yes, WARM water not cold. It not only aids in digestion, it also helps promote clear skin, and helps maintain a healthy weight. The boost of vitamin C helps to increase your metabolism, which in turn burns more of your fat into energy. Fill up on water during the day to help keep you feeling full, and flush your system of toxins. Carrying around a water bottle will help remind you to sip, sip, sip when you can.
You probably read our recent article on The Wonders of Green Tea for Your Skin, and we just can’t stop talking about how awesome it is. Green tea has been known to be another natural metabolism booster. Full of antioxidants, green tea is not only great for your overall health and skin, but it also has active compounds that help break down fat cells faster. Switch off between green tea and lemon water in the mornings for some variety.
These small changes in the way you eat and what you consume can be a huge booster in helping to lose weight. Adding in an exercise routine will undoubtedly speed up the process but every bit that you do can really work if you are committed to it.