People often find themselves in a position that they never thought they could be in: they’ve let themselves go and stacked up on dozens of excess pounds. If you are one of those people, and you just can’t find the time to exercise, here are some simple tips you should incorporate into your diet for a quick and successful weight loss:
- Replace sweet drinks with water
Sodas, store-bought juices, and other sweetened beverages are one of the most efficient ways of stacking up weight. Sugar, found in excessive amounts in these drinks, starts to store in your body instead of being utilized for energy production, and this can lead to obesity or serious health issues in no time. Diet sodas might be even worse to your health, new research suggests, as artificial sweeteners used in them can cause us to never feel full and always crave food.
Regular consumption of water will keep your body hydrated, and it will help it get rid of all the stored up sugars and toxins. In addition, water will also speed up your metabolism, speeding up the weight loss process. You will feel refreshed and brand new, in a matter of weeks. If plain water doesn’t suit you, you can always add a few slices of lemon or cucumber to it and make it more interesting on the taste buds. Adding mint is also a great way to improve the taste.
- Keep your portions healthy-sized
When it comes to preparing food, most of us are no aware of how much we actually need in order to feel full and stay healthy. We tend to overeat on some food categories, while we completely ignore the other ones, which makes losing weight a lot harder than it needs to be.
Luckily, there is a simple method of determining how to portion your meals:
- Vegetable portions are supposed to be fist-sized
- Fat portions should not be bigger than your entire thumb
- Protein portion should be the size of your palm
- Complex carb portion is supposed to fit in your cupped hand
When it comes to actually eating, two servings from each category are enough for men, and 1 one serving of each category is suggested for women, per meal. Children should take between a half and one and a half serving from each category, depending on their age and gender.
- Keep fruit and vegetables on hand
When doing your weekly shopping, make sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetables for you to snack on during the week. The type of fruits and veggies depends on your taste, but here are some examples for delicious, healthy snacks:
- Chop up some carrots, bell peppers, and celery. Store them in a container and just add some hummus when you feel snacky.
- Chop some broccoli and cauliflower and place into small containers, covered with ranch dressing.
- Slice a couple of apples and squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top in order to prevent them from becoming brown.
- Slice some tomatoes, add mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar, and store in the fridge, as you should all of the other snacks listed.