Top Weight Loss Tips
1.Use a smaller plate! Reduce portion size and save calories by using a smaller plate. Smaller portions look bigger, and more satisfying, when served on a smaller plate. Pick up 8 inch or 9 inch plates.
2.Kathleen Zelman, MPH RD of Web MD recommends having ready-to-eat snacks and meals-in-minutes staples on hand sets you up for success. You’ll be less likely to hit the drive-through or call in a pizza order if you can make a healthy meal in 5 or 10 minutes.
94% fat-free microwave popcorn (20-25 calories per cup, and you can make it in two minutes or less)
Bags of pre-washed greens
Canned diced tomatoes
Whole-grain wraps or pitas
Pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts
A few containers of pre-cooked brown rice
Within minutes, you can toss together a healthy medley.
3.Snack on berries. Low calorie, high fiber berries are satisfying and packed with disease preventing antioxidants. You can snack on a cup of fresh blueberries for about 90 calories – that’s a lot of snacking for just a few calories. The same holds true for strawberries and raspberries.
4.Eat breakfast! Research consistently shows that breakfast eater’s consumer fewer calories than non-breakfast eaters, about 200 fewer calories per day. That adds up to 1400 calories per week – calories equal to about 1/2 pound.
5.Move it! No excuses here. You’ve got to exercise a bit to get rid of those pounds. The truth about weight loss is that cutting calories results in weight loss, and that exercise keeps the weight off! So, you need both exercise and diet to maintain a healthy body weight. If time is an issue, divide your exercise time throughout the day. Walk or work out in 15 minute intervals, which add up to about 1 hour each day. For example, a 15 minute walk in the morning, again at lunch time, after work and again after dinner will give you an hour of exercise each day.