My Favorite Weight Loss Tips: Part II
Here are the remainder of my favorite tips for weight loss. The 15 steps from yesterday and the additional 15 from today will help you kick start healthy changes to your lifestyle.
- Eat whole fruits. Have an apple before a meal for a healthy fiber boost to your diet. Mix a banana into your pancake or baking creations. Try a grapefruit, orange or Bing cherries in the afternoon for a sweet snack.
- Evaluate when you eat out of boredom, fear, stress or habit, rather than nutrition.
- Order wine by the glass instead of the bottle. It will help moderate your consumption. Alcohol can be high in calories, especially sugary drinks like daiquiris and cosmopolitans.
- Order dressings, condiments and sauces on the side. You will be more moderate about what you add than a restaurant would be.
- Avoid white breads, white rice, white pasta and cakes. They create huge-calorie addition with no nutritional value. Choose whole grain varieties, or at least in the case of pasta, a whole wheat blend (many people don’t like the dense taste of 100% whole wheat pasta).
- Eat 90% of your meals at home or packed from home. You manage the sugar, salt and fat additions, while adding flavor.
- Try a new vegetable or lean protein that you haven’t tried (or thought you didn’t like) since childhood. You’re an adult now, maybe your tastes and preparations of that vegetable have evolved. Try it again! Brussels sprouts are not the devil. One delicious preparation for them is to shred them and pan cook them with a tablespoon of garlic, sesame oil, shallots and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
- Try a glass of non-fat milk with Ovaltine to satisfy a chocolate craving. It will give you a healthy dose of tryptophan and calcium.
- Drink green tea. I brew a strong cup and let cool. I mix it in a 32 oz. BPA free re-usable bottle, with 1 tsp. of Pure Lemon (an all-natural, lemon or grapefruit drink powder found with drink powders at the grocery). Green tea contains polyphenols and catechines that boost metabolism and fat loss.
- Don’t crash diet! Or crazy cleanse!! It is not healthy for your body. Change the way that you see food and eat to satisfy and nourish your body.
- Use a weight scale to establish healthy food portions. 3 oz. of chicken and shrimp are probably not what you thought they might portion out to. Using a scale, if even for a week, is very enlightening.
- Order kid’s meals. Portions are typically more appropriate and now they often come with apple slices and bottled H20 instead of fries and a 32 oz. pop.
- Try and include concepts from the Mediterranean diet such as small amounts of olive oil, veggies, and legumes.
- Keep red meat consumption to once or twice a week. Portion control is key. 3-4 oz. is plenty. Most restaurants want to sell you a 12 oz. filet or a ½ pound burger (+ a big white bun).
- Cut yourself a break. Weight-loss is a process filled with advances, miss-steps and baby-step changes.
- Don’t ever underestimate how small changes, when added together, can add up to big changes in your fitness and weight loss goals.
When embarking on changing your diet to a healthier attitude, be aware that you may experience digestive issues. Deal with them head on so that you don’t give up before you can see the results from your healthier eating. Use Beano, Tums, or other remedies. Add vegetables slowly into your diet and cook them al-dente at first, versus eating them raw until your stomach acclimates.
YOU WILL SEE POSITIVE RESULTS FOR YOUR WEIGHT GOALS IF YOU USE THESE TIPS!
Let me know how it goes! Share these ideas on Facebook and in e-mail to your friends and family.