There are tons of ways to help you lose weight, and they are all super easy to do and you’ll lose weight in no time at all, or at least that’s what the internet wants you to believe. Don’t jump onto every internet bandwagon that passes by, because the sad truth of the matter is that weight loss isn’t that easy. It doesn’t have to be hard, but it requires lots of sacrifice and lots of work, two things people really hate.
Sifting through magazines, searching for advice from toned celebrities and super-fit athletes seems like it would be a productive way to help figure out how they do it, but they are on the job. That’s literally their life, and besides, if they were unfit and had to go through the whole process, it would probably still be easier for them – they have lots of trained professionals to advise them every step of the way. But don’t get too disheartened. Proper weight loss is all a matter of discipline, so here are some quick weight loss tricks that should work for just about anybody.
Know your food.
You might be one of the many people who think weight loss is about measuring the weight of the food. It’s a common enough misunderstanding, but that’s not necessarily it. It’s mostly about knowing what you’re putting in your body in terms of calories – eat two appetizers instead of an entire entrée.
Fruits are important, you may already know that from school, where you were likely told the importance of a balanced diet. Well, during your weight loss journey, eat as many fruits as you can, especially berries. They are a really great help.
Chocolate is a beautiful way to stay satisfied while avoiding calories at the same time. One of our favorite weight loss tricks is to carry around a shaker cup of chocolate protein powder, and when you’re hungry, just add some water and you’ll get the best of both worlds.
Watch your plate
A controversial study was carried out by a team of scientists in 2014 regarding how the sizes of plates we used affected how much we ate. You may have heard of it, but if you haven’t, the gist of it is that the bigger the plate, the more you’re likely to eat. The results are largely varying, but using a 4-by-4-inch Styrofoam box for your daily meals, for instance, makes it almost impossible to serve more than you can eat.
Floss for dessert
Another study carried out by a team of scientists was this time in search of the psychological effects of brushing teeth with regards to eating patterns. From their data, brushing teeth after dinner will make you less likely to eat again before you go to bed. After dessert (or skip dessert altogether) get flossing and take your clean teeth to bed.
Take a ‘before’ photo
At some point during your weight loss journey, possibly before you actually lose any weight, get out of those clothes (keep some pants on) and take a before photo. If you ever fall off track or feel like you’re getting nowhere, just take a look at that vs what you envision for yourself and go for it.
Avoid liquid calories
Liquid calories are easily the easiest way to lose track of what you’re putting in your body. Try and cut off drinks with calories. E.g. juice, soda, lemonade and yes, even after-work wine has to go. All that really leaves is the truly zero calorie drink out there – water.
Break out the skinny jeans
Get some clothes you really want to fit into and try putting them on time after time, then continue your diet and exercise routine, time after time until you shed off a bit extra pounds. When you can finally get into those skinny jeans, progress shall have been made.
Get enough sleep
Lots of things go on in your body when you sleep, making it the cornerstone of weight management. One of these is that is has a huge impact on your body’s ability to produce hormones that control how the fat in the body is produced, stored and how muscle is developed and maintained. Sleep also helps in the reduction of cortisol, the stress and weight inducing hormone. The better the quality of sleep (not just longevity) the better the hormone balance, and the better the hormone balance, the better your weight management.
Honor your body
You’re an individual, and what that means is that your body is unique. Not in the individual components that make them up, that’s not unique at all, but in the way, those components combine to make a whole organism. In addition to this, there are lots of environmental (external) factors that affect you differently as they do others. What this adds up to is a dire change in the way exercise and food affect you, in a way that differs from how it affects others. As such, your pace of weight loss, even after following these quick weight loss tricks, is likely going to be different from anyone else’s. Know your body: what your tendencies are, what triggers your food binging and how likely a program is likely to work in your favor.
Since you can’t indulge in most beverages and preferred foodstuffs while you’re on a diet, you’re going to need something low-calorie that tricks your body into thinking you’re drinking something sweet. One of the most golden of all our quick weight loss tricks is to fill a pitcher with water and sliced cucumbers and enjoy.
Set aside leftovers
The best way to keep you from eating all the food out the pan is to fill your plate, then immediately pack whatever is left in a container and throw it in the fridge. This way, you have the best of two worlds – You don’t have to cook anything for your lunch tomorrow (just take the leftovers) and you’re watching your diet.