Have you tried losing weight recently? Maybe you shed a few pounds but then the weight crept back and you returned to eating habits that are tough to change. Now that a New Year has started it’s a great time to try again. Getting to or staying at a healthy weight is one of the most important lifestyle actions you can take to lower your health risks. This checklist will keep you on the path to success.
- Cut up veggies and fruit and keep them in the front of the fridge for smart snacks.
- Write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight. Post them where you’ll see them every day.
- Eat real food. Don’t rely on pre packed foods, meal replacers, juices etc.
- Eat only when you’re really hungry. If you’re bored or stressed, go for a walk or text a friend.
- Drink plenty of water. It will help you get rid of the toxins and will keep you from snacking mindlessly.
- Fiber is nature’s weight loss aid as it helps in creating a feeling of fullness. Most high fiber foods are also high in water and low in calories.
- Stop snacking at night. It is a habit that can undermine weight loss success. That’s because the calories we eat after dinner tend to be empty ones, from chips, cookies, pastries, biscuits, etc.
Losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight can help you feel better and it can improve your health. Just think of the weight you’ll lose as bricks in a backpack. Lightening your load a few pounds at a time can be invigorating and energizing.