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My Favorite Weight Loss Tips: Part I

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Here are a few of my favorite weight loss tips. These helpful steps are effective and easy to incorporate into your life. I’m breaking this list up over 2 days so check back tomorrow for Part II.
1.Pack your lunch versus eating in a restaurant or on the fly for lunch. You could save 600-1500 calories controlling the salt, fats, and condiments in your food.
2.Drink 8 oz. of water 20 minutes before any meal. It helps hydrate your system and fills your stomach.
3.If you crave something crunchy, make crispy Kale chips, homemade popcorn or pea pods rather than potato chips.
4.Perform weight training 2-5 days per week to manage weight, boost metabolism and elevate bone density.
5.Eat 5-6 small meals (includes snacks) per day to keep your metabolism up.
6.Use a pedometer to monitor your daily steps. Aim to add 1000 steps per day. You’ll find yourself taking the stairs and parking a farther distance in a parking lot.
7.Allow for a ‘cheat’ meal or dessert within your weekly food plan to stop the urge to ‘binge for a weekend’.
8.Work out with friends to blend workout and social times. A brisk walk, a Zumba class or bike riding are better than a 300 calorie designer coffee drink and pound cake for your waistline and your heart!
9.Shrink your dinner plates. Using a large salad plate versus a large dinner plate will make it seem like you’re eating more. The same is true for using smaller forks and spoons. It takes longer to eat a bowl of cereal with a smaller spoon, allowing your stomach an opportunity to feel full. It takes 20 minutes to feel full from food that you’ve eaten.
10.Use salt-free flavorings and spices, as well as flavored vinegars to reduce the use of butter and creamy sauces to give dishes flavor.

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I’ll post 15 more favorite tips tomorrow so be sure to check back.
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    I'm all about bringing lunch to work. Our office park is surrounded by restaurants with barely 2 healthy meals amongst them! Saves money, too emoticon
    2288 days ago
    I have been using the small dinner plate and now I use a smaller bowl for cereal. Thanks for the great tips.

    2288 days ago
    Small plate trick really works
    2288 days ago
  • JGRAY76
    These are all great tips. I use most of them but haven't tried the smaller plate yet. Thanks for sharing.
    2288 days ago
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