Instead of experimenting with fad diets, why not just change your lifestyle a bit to help the healthy habits stick? With these 25 simple tips, you’ll be able to lose weight and keep it off. Take a peek and take some notes!
1. Skip Salty Snacks
Health shared lots of great tips with us for when it comes to losing wight and keeping it off. Of course, keeping the salty snacks away and all their sodium was one.
2. Drink Lots of Water
Drink lots and lots of water for your weight goals as well as your overall health! Staying hydrated is key to both looking and feeling great.
3. Quit Smoking
Most believe that smoking will help keep your weight down, but in fact, if you’re trying to lose weight you need to fix the cigarettes. Just check out CDC for some extra inspiration.
4. Exercise Regularly
Emphasized the importance of regular exercise as well. Not only is it important and beneficial when you’re trying to lose some pounds but it’s important for your heart health as well.
5. Nix the Alcohol
Avoiding alcohol is key when it comes to weight loss. There are so many empty calories and sugar in your weeknight cocktails. It’s time to let them go.
6. Be Wary of Nonfat & Sugar-Free Labels
Don’t be tricked by “fat-free” and “sugar-free” labels. MSN explains why we should stay away from these products for more reasons than one – and one being that the low-calories aren’t worth it!
7. Incorporate “Heathy” Fats
We should add more avocados – or healthy fats – into our diets. Instead of filled up on junk, foods like avocados will satisfy us so we don’t mindlessly snack.
8. Lots of Fruits & Veggies
This is an obvious one but important enough to add to the list. To not only lose weight but to change your lifestyle, incorporate more fruits and veggies into your everyday diet.
9. Stay Away From Soda
Between the sugar and the sodium, there’s really nothing good about soda. And if you’re trying to cut the weight, you’ll need to cut the pop too.
10. Eat Breakfast
Good Housekeeping explained to us why we not only shouldn’t skip breakfast but why we need to be more conscious of what we’re choosing to eat in the mornings. Start off the day with 400-500 calories full of good-for-you nutrients.
11. Be Consistent In Your Choices
Cosmo teaches us that we need to be consistent in our choices. Not only do they need to be health-conscious but they need to be spread out nicely throughout the day so that “ravenous” level doesn’t come to call.
12. Tough Out the Plateaus
We also learned at Shape not to focus on the scale so much. There be some plateaus throughout your journey, push through them! It’ll be worth it in the end.
13. Recruit An Accountability Partner
It’s always a good idea to grab a partner! Have someone on speed dial that you can check in with and trust.
14. Jazz Up Meals With Spices
Add some extra spices into your meals. According to Dailymail, putting more spices into your food will help you cut back on calories.
15. Get Your Steps In
Even if you’re not doing a super cardio workout for the day, make sure you’re getting steps in. A quick walk around the neighborhood will suffice!
16. Keep A Food Diary
Start keeping a food journal. Once you see your intake on paper, you’ll become more conscious and focused on maintaining the right portions and picking the right food.
17. Ignore the Trend Diets
Don’t follow the trends. Instead, go with a lifestyle change that you can sustain forever instead of just when you meet your “goal” weight and go back to unhealthy habits.
18. Prioritize Sleep
Redbook also let us know that we all truly do need a good night’s rest. The less sleep your get, the worst off your body is when processing carbs.
19. Shrink Your Portions
And over at CNN, we learn how and why it’s so important to cut our portions down in size. Most of us are far too used to consuming more than we actually need.
20. Calm Your Nerves
Control your anxiety and keep yourself calm. We learned from Women’s Health how important this is and how closely related it is to excess eating.
21. Don’t Emotionally Eat
And following a predecessor of anxiety and mindless munching, you have to try and stop emotionally eating. And that goes for both happy and sad emotions!
22. Brew A Cup of Coffee
Good Housekeeping let us in on a little secret too. Coffee is good for you and your diet! It’s a natural diuretic and antioxidant.
23. Know It’s Okay To Mess Up
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a cheat day or a cheat meal every once in a while. It’s good for your mood and it’s okay to indulge a little.
24. Never Skip Meals
Stop skipping your meals. If you do that, you’ll just get hungrier and you’re more likely to overeat – including overeating the bad stuff.
25. Don’t Drink Your Calories
We also learn why it’s so important to stay away from sugary drinks. It’s not good to drink your calories. And MSN reinforces that sentiment.