Losing weight doesn’t have to be a crazy, restrictive flip of your current lifestyle. The only way to ensure that you’ll actually enjoy and sustain your new healthy lifestyle is by making small, easily digestible (no pun intended) tweaks. Health.com put together a list of baby steps that their readers took to lose those extra pounds and keep them off:
- Swap your go-to order: One reader cut down the amount of times she ate out a week to just once. And when she does eat out, she chooses the healthier option. You can still enjoy brunch with the girls or dinner with the wife; just remember that moderation applies even to eating out. And if you’re not sure what the healthiest choice is, don’t be afraid to ask your server, modify your order and only eat until you’re full.
- Skip the salty aisle: If it’s not in your house, it’s not so easy to eat it. By controlling what you buy at the grocery store and omitting junk food, you’re one step closer to getting over the addiction and cutting those cravings. So, next time you go to the market, make a list – a healthy one – and stick to it. Oh and bonus tip: never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry.
- Eat breakfast: You might think skipping your morning meal will get you one leg up for the rest of the day, but honestly it will just sabotage all your efforts. Going without breakfast will leave you with low energy, low mood and nasty cravings for the rest of the day. Choose a small breakfast full of fiber and protein for a jumpstart on your day.
- Run your butt off: It may be cliché, but it really does work. Getting your sweat on with some cardio for at least 20 minutes a day will help you burn calories, boost your metabolism and will completely skyrocket your energy and your mood.
- Do a purge: of your pantry, that is. Get rid of any processed food – that means foods containing partially hydrogenated anything, high fructose whatever, extra sodium, added sugar and anything else you can’t pronounce. Then go back and do #2. Replace all that junk with good, clean, whole foods.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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