5 Ways to Lose Weight Without Strict Dieting
Raise your hand if you’ve tried to go on a diet and failed. Let’s face it, diets are HARD. A lot of fad diets make us feel so deprived and we can’t really sustain them for very long.
Chris Pratt is all of us
But you can lose weight without strict dieting. Here are 5 ways to eat healthier and reach your goals!
Control your environment
A simple way to eat healthier is to control what’s around you. It’s easier to not eat a bag of chips if it’s not there! Stock your pantry with healthy options and choose restaurants wisely. This means no all-you-can-eat restaurants or fast food chains! And, if you’re tempted to open one of those delivery apps, stop! Make the effort to plan ahead and make a list of healthy places near you. When going to a party, eat a healthy snack before going so you’re covered if there aren’t too many options.
Chew your food
It takes some time for your brain to recognize that your stomach is full. Chewing your food allows you to eat slower and give your brain time to process. A study shows that women who ate slower reported feeling fuller and this resulted to less calorie consumption.
So when you eat, sit back, relax, have a conversation, and enjoy your food!
Eat more produce
Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. They provide fiber that fills you up and are naturally low in calories. Plus, fiber keeps your digestive system happy. But no single fruit or vegetable has all the nutrients your body needs, so add variety to your basket the next time you grocery shop
People always tell us to “eat the rainbow” and no, this doesn’t mean that you can go ahead and down a bag of Skittles. Certain colors indicate that a fruit or vegetable is rich in a particular nutrient, so get colorful with your produce!
Make your meals more often
According to a report from report from Johns Hopkins University, people who
cook at home consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all.
When you make your meals, you’re in control. You pick out the ingredients, chop them, and transform them into a meal. Portions in many restaurants exceed the recommended size. When you prepare your own meals, not only do you know what’s in it, you control the portion sizes, helping you keep your calorie intake under control.
And you don’t have to be a chef to whip up a good meal. Try these 35 easy meal and snack recipes that anyone can make!
Don’t drink your calories!
Most people know that sugary drinks and juices are loaded with empty calories that you want to avoid when trying to lose weight. But a lot of people don’t know is that “healthy” drinks can also be a source of hidden calories!
Energy drinks can contain as much sugar as soda, 100% fruit juices can have 150 calories for a 12 ounce serving, a small café latte made with fat-free milk is still 120 calories. It’s easy to pile on unwanted sugars when you drink them up. The worst part is that they don’t fill you up!
The alternatives: Instead of drinking fruit juices, eat your fruit, or you can even make some fruit infused water. Instead of a latte, have an americano with cinnamon for sweetness. If you really love the creamy texture of milk, add in a few tablespoons of low fat milk. Even better, have tea instead of coffee. It naturally has zero calories and has so many health benefits!
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