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Losing weight is hard and when people take up this challenge they don’t start small, they immediately go all in. The attempt to change everything in one go ultimately results in not changing anything at all and they tend to lose up the motivation to work for it. The better approach is to start with making a few simple changes to your daily routine. Once you’ll lose a little weight, you automatically fell more motivated to work harder to achieve the desired results. Here are smart tips that would actually make it easier for you to take the initial steps and make the overall weight journey a smoother one:-
1. Substitute whole grains for refined carbs
Whole grains bagels instead of regular white ones – brown bread, whole grain pasta, brown rice, etc. Whole grains have more nutrients and fiber and digest slowly which makes them the more appropriate for weight conscious people. Refined carbs are high in calories but offer no nutrition. What more- whole grains are far more tasty and satisfying so after a while you won’t actually want to go back!
2. Eat lunch like a king
It is a common saying that breakfast should be the biggest meal for weight watchers but actually you might not be feeling too hungry when you wake up. You should prefer to eat lunch like a king as at that time your digestion is at a peak and you can actually fuel up your body at that time. Remember eating like a king doesn’t mean burger and fries but it does mean a hearty bowl of lentil soup and kale salad. So enjoy your lunch as you will have enough time left to digest your meal throughout the day!
3. Drink a glass of water before every meal
Drinking water is really good for health. Along with this, when you drink water before you eat you’ll already be full and won’t go beyond your point of hunger. This indicates less calorie intake and smarter way to shed off those extra calories!
4. Prefer rainbows
Green, red, purple, yellow, orange… eating a rainbow will prove to be helpful to supply your body with disease-fighting phytonutrients, and will also lower down the temptations for unhealthy foods. Along with this, it will also ensure that you eat at least 5-7 recommended servings which will keep you full without increasing the calories!
5. Cut back on sweets
It is really difficult to say no to sweets, but it makes a massive contribution in fastening the weight loss process. Cut down on artificial sweet products like pastries, candies, and other such desserts and satisfy your sweet tooth with natural products, for eg: fruits!
6. Follow the 80:20 rule
This one is not any type of diet rather it refers to a lifestyle change. It simply means that 80% of the time you should focus on eating healthy food while 20% of the time you have the freedom to indulge and eat whatever you like. The breakdown is very simple: if you have 3 meals a day then in a week you can have 3 cheat meals and if you intake 5 meals a day then you have 7 cheat meals with you. Enjoy!
7. Smart snacking
Snacks should be just as nutritious as meals, it’s just that they should be smaller! Keep some basic rules in mind at the time of munching:
**Never snack if you are not hungry as you are likely to intake more!
**Don’t forget to include proteins in your snacks.
**Choose real foods, instead of processed snacks.
Some options for snacks are – apple with peanut butter, boiled veggies with hummus, nuts, etc.
8. Don’t give up anything
Eat all the foods you enjoy—but the key is to do it in smaller quantities and consider the rule of portion control. If you instantly give up on any food item the temptation is likely to force you eat more of it. If you really want to achieve your goals be smart in what way you choose!
Remember that – there is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps…These are really minor changes and if you adopt them in your daily routine it will definitely make your weight loss efforts more fruitful. Try them out for yourself!
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