There are some sneaky ways to help you lose weight that you’ll love. While they won’t replace your hard work at Team Worx in Alexandria, VA, they can boost your results. By simply changing a few things in your daily routine, you can burn a few extra calories. For instance, did you know that drinking ice water, instead of regular water, can burn a few extra calories? That’s because it makes your insides cold and it takes extra calories to warm the body.
You don’t have to change your habits with this one, just change your dishware.
Several studies found that putting food on a smaller plate can deceive the eye into thinking you’re eating more! Some restaurants use this trick to make their entree look bigger. In a world where supersizing everything has led to supersizing the population, smaller plates might be one answer to the obesity epidemic. Smaller plates mean smaller serving sizes. If you’re using smaller plates, go for presentation to make that plate look full and attractive. Use larger servings and a variety of colors of vegetables to add eye appeal.
This is one of the easiest ways to help cut the calories you consume. Just chew your food longer. Digestion starts in the mouth, so the longer you chew your food, the easier it is on your digestive system. While you’re chewing, use mindful eating techniques by savoring the flavor, texture and how pleasurable the food is. If you’re just wolfing down food, you’re missing half the reason for eating, the sensual pleasures. All the extra chewing and savoring takes extra time, which gives your stomach a chance to signal the brain that it’s full, so you don’t overeat.
Start meal planning.
When you plan meals ahead, you have individual serving sizes already created and there’s no second guessing. You also make sure you create healthy meals. Plan your meals one day, shop the next and spend the weekend preparing all the meals for the week, you’ll not only save money and time, but you’ll also eat less. Don’t forget to include healthy snacks as part of your plan. Meal planning makes getting dinner during the week quicker than sitting in a drive-through line.
- If you want to burn calories, plan ways to do it. Take the stairs one or two flights instead of using the elevator. Park further from the store. Get up and walk in place during commercials when watching TV.
- Drink more water. Carry a bottle of water with you and sip on it frequently. Often people eat because they think they’re hungry when in reality they’re thirsty. Drinking water before a meal can make you feel fuller sooner.
- Stick with whole foods and avoid processed food. Check labels and instead of dieting, just cut out processed food and food with added sugar. Combined with a program of exercise, it can make weight loss easier.
- Pile your plate full of salad, or fruit and vegetables, then eat those first. When you eat a higher volume of vegetables, you’ll eat less of higher-calorie items. If you’re eating in a restaurant with big servings, split your order with a friend or eat half and take the other half home for another meal.
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