Whether you’re just starting a diet, or you’ve hit a plateau, you’re probably looking for easy ways to diet and lose weight — I mean, why make a diet harder than it has to be, right? There don’t have to be all these hard-to-remember rules, or weird foods to eat or to avoid… and I can prove it. Here are 10 easy ways to diet and lose weight.
1. Skip Soda
Check the label and you’ll see it’s true: your favorite soda contains a ridiculously high number of calories in each bottle, usually at least 120. And none of those calories come from anything remotely healthy — they’re all empty, worthless calories, designed only to make you crave more of them. And a recent study from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio suggests that diet soda can actually contribute to weight gain, rather than weight loss, likely because the artificial sweeteners in it trigger your brain to crave high-calorie foods. The bottom line? Skip soda, lose weight.
2. Forget Fast Food
Fast food has one thing going for it — it’s fast. But one incredibly easy way to diet and lose weight is to ban fast food, right along with soda. Why? Because one fast food value meal (burger or fried chicken sandwich, fries, and soda) can contain all of the calories you’re supposed to consume ALL DAY. And most of those calories come from fat. If you can’t avoid fast food, then opt for something healthy from the menu, like a salad (minus the meat, cheese, and dressing) or a grilled chicken sandwich (minus the mayo). Don’t be fooled into thinking any of the breaded chicken options are any healthier than the burgers — they’re not.
3. Try for Five
So if you can’t have soda and you can’t have fast food, what CAN you eat? Experts recommend a diet that includes five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. These five servings will give you all the fiber and antioxidants and other vitamins your body craves, providing a rush of natural, long-lasting energy without the crash, and without the fat of other sweet or crunch snacks.
4. Try for the OTHER Five
Here’s another easy way to diet and lose weight, one that’s sure to surprise you: rather than eat three big meals a day, eat five smaller meals. The constant munching will keep your metabolism rocking, and will keep you from feeling hungry or deprived. When you’re hungry, you’re much more likely to make poor food choices, so enjoy a light breakfast (oatmeal or Greek yoghurt), a mid-morning snack (a handful of sweet blueberries), a sensible lunch (a tossed salad with grilled chicken), a mid-afternoon snack (a fresh peach or veggie sticks), then dinner (grilled salmon and veggies over rice).
5. Don’t Buy It
My own diet-destroying, willpower-resistant Kryptonite is ice cream. And chips. And cookies… And... you get the idea. I have a weakness for junk food. So, when I go to the grocery store, I refuse to go down the junk food aisles, let alone buy anything that resides in them. If I don’t buy it, it can’t sit in my freezer or pantry, plotting to ruin my diet, right?
6. Swap White Bread for Wheat
This one simple swap can help you lose weight, without effort. White bread is bland, the flavor and nutrients literally bleached out of it. Whole grain bread, on the other hand, is rich and tasty, and is loaded with fiber and other nutrients your body needs. Check the labels before you buy to make sure you’re not choosing a whole grain bread with added sweeteners, like high fructose corn syrup, or any other ingredient you can’t pronounce, let alone consume.
7. Count the Condiments
A while ago, I mentioned ordering a salad without dressing and a grilled chicken sandwich without the mayo. Why? Because condiments and dressings contain calories, too, so skipping them (or at least counting those calories in your daily tally) is another easy way to diet and lose weight. For instance, one serving of mayo contains 100 calories, all of them from fat. Not only is that more than a little gross, but think about it — you could have eaten a baggie of Oreo Crisps for those 100 calories.
8. Count the Drinks
Just like the condiments count, the drinks count, too. One salted caramel hot chocolate or double-mocha latte with whip from Starbuck’s contains more calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger (480, 370, and 300, respectively), so just be aware of these calories in your drinks before you decide whether to have that dessert-in-a-cup, or a plain coffee with a little sugar (at about 20 calories) instead.
9. Stay Hydrated
Water can be a dieter’s BFF. It keeps your body healthy and happy and hydrated, sure, but did you know that drinking an 8-ounce glass of cool water before a meal can help you eat less, too? If plain water’s not your thing, try adding a little lemon, lime, or even orange.
10. Move It!
Okay, sweetie, are you ready for my last easy way to diet and lose weight? It’s a big one, an important one, one that can mean the difference between weight loss success and abject failure — exercise. That’s right! If you want to lose weight, easily, then you have to get up and move! You don’t have to go to the gym, or run laps. You just have to get off the couch and do something physical, anything that gets your heart thumping hard for half an hour a day. Bounce on the trampoline. Wrestle your pet pig. Swim in the shallow end. Chase your kids around. Anything!
With so many easy ways to diet and lose weight, you’re sure to be bikini-ready soon, loving how gorgeous you look in your swimsuit or just your bra and panties. Just by following these simple diet and weight loss rules, you can lose about a pound a week — that’s a lot, sweetie! Which of these easy weight loss tips do you think will help you the most? Which will be the hardest? Did any of them surprise you? Or do you have any other tips to share? Please tell!
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