Weight loss is never an easy thing to do, especially if you’re set to lose as many pounds as you can in quite a short time. This would normally call for a strict diet combined with regular workout regime. However, if you are time-bound and cannot persue such a regimen, gradual weight loss is just what you need. Plus, all health experts and nutritionists agree that losing weight gradually is much healthier than losing weight rapidly. For one thing, rapid weight loss puts a lot of stress on your body and incurs a number of side effects, such as loose skin, stretch marks, and sagging breasts among other.
These simple routines can help you to lose weight gradually and healthily every day without having to do strenuous exercises or cutting things out from your diet.
Simply, follow these five easy rules and reduce your waistline inch by inch every day:
1# Become a healthy snacker
Get used to always having something healthy for snacking in case you get hungry. Some fruit or a salad would be a much healthier choice when cravings attack instead of a sandwich or a slice of pizza. Get into a routine of eating fruit and vegetables in between meals as this will not only keep you full, but it will also stimulate your metabolism into burning fat.
2#Trick Yourself Into Eating Less
“Certain aromas—specifically banana, green apple, and peppermint—cause us to eat less by inducing sensory-specific satiety,” says Alan Hirsch, M.D., director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and a neurologist who studies the effects of smell and taste on emotion. Basically, your brain tells you to stop eating because the scent causes you to feel satisfied. Other strategies that have been shown to reduce your intake of food: Hang a mirror opposite where you eat to create more body awareness, and eat from a blue plate, which makes food look less appealing.
3# Eat at the same times every day
Although you may find this meaningless, many people say that knowing when to expect their next meal or snack makes them a lot less likely to graze. Even nutritionists agree that giving your body a rhythm is extremely beneficial for curbing unnecessary cravings, thus preventing fat buidup in the body.
4#. Don’t stop doing what you enjoy.
Another popular diet strategy is to stop eating all the foods you love. But is that really sustainable? Of course not.
Instead, prioritize. Instead of eating both a cookie and a chocolate bar, decide which on your like more. Stick with that one, and stop eating the other.
5# Prepare your meals
Preparing your own meals gives you an advantage of knowing exactly what you eat. Instead of choosing mayonnaise or store-bought sauces and salad dressings, take time alone to prepare food, at least in part. Chop fruits and vegetables, boil the chicken or prepare healthy sauces. For one thing, you’ll be providing your body with a wholesome, nutritious meal minus the numerous taste enhancers and emulsifiers ready-made meals are packed with.
6# Go for a walk
Walking is a great way to replace hard, time-consuming workouts. Walking does not necessarily have to be 30 minutes or so; even a five minute walk counts.
This is how you can include more walking during the day without even being aware of it:
take the stairs every time you can,
get off the bus a few stops earlier,
park your car at the back lot,
get out of the office and enjoy walking meetings,
walk through the mall making sure you don’t miss a level.
Even walking twice a day for 10 minutes, plus any of these hints, at the end of the day you’ll have done a 30-minute workout. Not bad, ha?
7# Never lose sight of your goals
Last, but not least, keeping your goals in mind is not only important for losing weight, but also for pursuing a healthy lifestyle. The mind is a powerful tool and it should motivate you into making better and healthier choices. Don’t only think of calories and weight, but also of the energy and health your body needs to function properly.