Honest and realistic weight loss advice can be valuable in helping you reach your healthy weight goal.
Losing weight is not an easy thing for most of us. The weight loss tips on the following pages can really help.
Some of them may seem like small, even insignificant, things, but there is real logic in implementing these suggestions.
The smaller changes are easier for us to make.
When you find yourself doing several of them, you’ll find that you have suddenly changed your habits – with little effort.
Cut Down on the Condiments and Sauces
Here’s a simple but effective tip for losing weight. Learn to love the natural flavors of your food.
If you are a heavy user of condiments (like ketchup and mayonnaise), sauces and butters, try gradually cutting back on the amounts you use.
You will be amazed at the number of calories you can save by eliminating these add ons.
And if you are a heavy user of sauces and toppings, by cutting back on them gradually, your taste buds will actually begin to like the food without all the extras.
Don’t Use Extra Large Plates
Have you noticed that the average size of a dinner plate is larger than it was 10 or 15 years ago? A larger plate may look nicer on the dinner table, but it does tempt us to fill it up, then eat everything on it (remembering Mom’s encouragement to eat everything on our plates). The solution? A smaller plate. Not a tiny plate – that will just make you want to fill it up over and over again. But use a sensible size dinner plate or, if you are using a large dinner plate with a rim, don’t put any food on or near the rim. You will still have a full plate of food, but won’t be unconsciously overeating. Losing weight can be a lot easier using a smaller plate.
Listen to Your Body and Eat When You are Hungry
Raise your hand if you find yourself eating, not because you are hungry, but because it is mealtime, or you are bored, or because you usually have a snack at the same time each night. (My hand is raised!) Learning to listen to our bodies and eating only when we are hungry will make a real difference in the amount you weigh at the end of the month and is some of the best weight loss advice we can give.
If you find it difficult to avoid eating because it is such a strong habit, begin by changing what you are eating. Try eating an orange. Peel it slowly and eat it segment by segment to extend your eating time. The more time you take to eat your snack, the more your body will begin to tell you that you’ve had enough thanks.
Find Something Else to Do
As mentioned above, we often eat, not because we are hungry, but because it is our normal meal time or we are bored or feeling a bit down. Our weight loss advice – find something to distract you. Have you noticed that you don’t notice your hunger or desire to eat quite so much when you are engrossed in something like sports, doing chores or a hobby? Find a hobby. If it is something that involves using both hands, you will probably stay out of the chip bowl much more easily.
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