Shedding pounds is not about quick fixes. It is, however, about your health and changes in your lifestyle that can help you reach your goals.
10. Know your game.
Nowadays, most restaurants provide lighter alternatives to favorite dishes as well as nutrition info, which can be very useful and revealing. You’ll often find that a hamburger contains fewer calories and fat when compared to a salad topped with creamy dressing and croutons.
A good example from McDonald’s: a classic hamburger has a nutritional value of 250 calories (no fries!), and buttermilk chicken salad (doesn’t that sound healthy?) contains 520 calories. That’s twice as much!
9. Add a ziplock.
Now this one is a must. It works better than any other magic pill. A homemade lunch will save you thousands of calories and dollars too. Boiling eggs and making a healthy wrap only takes 10 minutes but will result in a 300-400 calorie cut. This then transfers to a smaller number on the scales and an extra outfit for a gorgeous new you!
8. Sleep is a must.
Get to bed one hour earlier, and see one pound less on your scales after a week. Research recently conducted by the University of Pennsylvania proved that people deprived of sleep for several nights gained weight almost immediately; the well-rested group showed excellent weight loss results.
It will certainly be hard to discipline yourself, but the result is so worth it.
7. Walk it off.
If you are not ready to hit the gym yet, going for a brisk walk is one of the best ways to start. It’s nice and easy, and you can take your time, enjoy the scenery, and literally “take a break.” You won’t burn the extra pounds in a day, but we are talking about subtle changes, right?
Using a fitness tracker/pedometer/Fitbit/you-name-it is of great help in getting to understand how much you really move during a day. Some sophisticated models buzz nastily until you get off the chair and start moving. Technical progress at its best.