Looking to shed a few extra pounds before the upcoming holiday feasts? Trying to get a quick “tune-up” after a summer of relaxing on the beach? Weight loss can be daunting for many, but the key comes from dialing in your nutrition. Luckily, changing a few small habits at a time is a great way to kick-start your progress and get you back on track. Try some of these tips!
1.Drink More Water
This first tip doesn’t involve food at all! Drinking more water can help you lose weight by
helping increase the amount of calories you burn and reducing your appetite. Try to aim for at least 70 oz a day to start.
2.Don’t Drink Your Calories
With more water in mind, avoid adding extra calories and sugar to your diet through sodas or other high-calorie, sugary drinks. With drinks like these, it’s easy to keep track of how many extra calories you are adding to your diet without even realizing it. Instead, save your calories for wholesome, nutrient-dense foods!
3.Don’t Avoid Fats
Fats have often come with a stigma attached to them—but the key isn’t in avoiding them completely. Instead, start learning the difference between “good” and “bad” fats—the good ones (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated) can help with brain function, fatigue, and yes—losing weight!
4.Eat the Rainbow
Have trouble getting in healthy fruits and vegetables? Sometimes a little variety is the simplest answer. Aim to eat a plethora of options here—there are numerous, creative ways to serve up fruits and veggies without making you sick of them.
5.Stop with the Salt
Don’t rely on salt for seasoning all of your dishes. Salt can add to weight gain while increasing your hunger overall. There are many low-sodium spices available for you to experiment with if you still find yourself wanting a little extra flavor on your foods!
6.Pack Your Lunch
Simple idea here—budget time in your week to prepare your meals and bring those to work instead of opting to walk around the street for a mini-mart burrito. Know what you’re eating (and save a little money, too!).
7.Plan Your Week
Similar to packing lunch, you can always plan some of your meals days at a time to keep you aware of what you’re eating and what you’re lacking or consuming too much of. Have a big celebratory dinner coming up as well? Planning ahead can make sure you take it a little easy during the day, for example.
8.Write It Down
Even if you don’t plan all of your meals, take some time to at least experiment with the idea of writing down everything you consume in a day. Some of it may surprise you. Writing everything down helps you become more aware of your eating habits and what might need changed!
9.Find a Buddy
Similar to finding a workout buddy, an accountability partner can be a great tool in dialing in your nutrition. If you have a friend (or family member) who is hoping to make some healthy lifestyle choices as well, invite them to join you on this tourney! Meal prep parties, anyone?
10.Take the First Step
Sometimes the hardest step is truly the most simple-sounding. Shifting your nutrition and eating habits starts with changing one thing at a time. Instead of looking at this list, for example, and attempting to tackle it all at once, pick one tip and try that for a week. The next week, try another. This way nothing will ever seem overwhelming, and pretty soon you’ll be crushing all of your goals!