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For a lot of us, our routine to lose weight often includes turning our lifestyles completely backwards. And for a lot of us, this proves to be counterproductive. Going to the gym daily and turning our dinners into salads on the first day will usually return us back to our previous habits by the end of the week. However, you don’t need to make such drastic changes all at once. You don’t always have to be so strict and you shouldn’t overdo it or it will be tougher to keep going. After you start receiving the benefits and results, you’ll naturally crave it and can work towards more.
A simple way to lose weight is altering your diet. Everyone knows that eating your vegetables and cutting down on fatty foods is healthy for you. And ideally, this is the best way for you to lose weight and there are many ways for you to turn healthy foods into delicious meals. But this can still be hard for some and luckily, it’s not the only way. There are other healthy alternatives that you can look to while still enjoying your favourite dinners frequently. Here are a few tips you can follow when eating any meal and still cut back on hundreds of calories a day!
Take control of portion sizes
When eating snacks such as chips, we sometimes unintentionally eat a bigger portion that is necessary to satisfy our cravings. Instead of eating from the bag, try pouring a serving into a bowl or sticking to wrapped candy. This keeps you from taking bigger bites and the constant unwrapping makes some eat as little as 30 percent less than they normally would have.
Wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds
We are prone to overeating for various reasons. Some may include from skipping previous meals, emotional stress, or simply just because the meal tastes so well. Instead try to keep the first serving to a moderate size, drink a glass of water, and then wait 20 minutes. Most likely, you will change your mind about your need to eat. 20 minutes is about how long it takes for your brain to get the message from your body that it’s full.
Light a scented candle after dinner
Picking a scented candle with a smell that is reminiscent to your favourite dessert can curve your cravings for what you had in mind. There are many kinds of scented candles, covering scents of vanilla, chocolate, creme brulee, and many more! You can receive the satisfaction of having the dessert without having to deal with the calories involved.
Doing an activity with a friend can help you keep consistency and makes it feel like less of a chore. Just going on a simple walk or jog together while having a conversation can do wonders in the long run.
Instead of always running in place on a treadmill and seeing the same environment, take the exercising to the outdoors. There are many things to see. For even more benefits, being outside also helps decrease feelings of stress and depression.
Make a playlist
Not only does music work as a great distraction, it also makes you work harder, and helps you synchronize and pace your workout.