The internet is awash with stories of guys dropping kilos because he stopped drinking soda. While it might seem unbelievable at first, there’s no denying, small lifestyle changes can result in big-time fat loss.
When it comes to weight loss, you have to punish your body for it to actually work. For example, soda; one soda has roughly 240 calories, that means that you’ll cut 3,360 calories a week just by switching two soft drinks a day for water.
There are loads of simple, everyday habits you can slip into your routine in order to lose the weight you that are practical and sustainable – because no one has time for fads and crash diets.
Just keep in mind, the point isn’t to do everything on this list at once.
1. Set a Goal
A clear goal one anyone can understand. Write out your goal and keep it posted somewhere as a reminder when you want to give up.
2. Limit Liquid Calories
Drink plenty of water, your body needs it to run properly.
If plain water just doesn’t appeal to you, try adding fresh fruit to it, or sip on tea. Research indicates that drinking tea—black, green, or white—is also associated with lower BMIs and less body fat.
3. More Fruit and Veg
Fruits and vegetables fill you up, provide plenty of fibre and have few calories. If you have trouble adding vegetables to your routine, start every meal with a salad. Salad provides bulk to help fill you up so that you eat less calories overall.
4. Track your Meals
You may be eating more than you think you are so track your food – either with a notebook and pen or (for more accurate results) use a meal tracking app to break down your calorie and macros.
5. Get Planning
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Start your day right with a healthy breakfast. This will make sure you have the energy for the day and you’re not starving by lunchtime causing you to overeat.
7. Keep Moving
That means not spending your whole day sitting in front of a computer, TV, or phone. Why not invest in a standing desk while you’re working – it will help you burn more calories. Take the stairs instead of the elevator can help burn more calories, too.
8. Monitor Portion Sizes
Choose an entree instead of an entree and an appetizer. Avoid buffets and try to leave something on your plate at the end of the meal. Consider splitting a meal with your dinner companion and skip dessert.
One of the biggest downfalls of a healthy lifestyle is putting everyone else ahead of themselves and let your health fall by the side. Put yourself first – when it comes to your health, it’s okay to be a little selfish.
10. Swap Out the Side of Fries
When you go out to eat as the waiter to swap out the fries with a side of steamed vegetables. All you have to do is ask.
11. Give Yourself Permission
A long-term healthy approach to eating makes room for pizza and cookies—but incorporates them into the bigger picture. If your diet is 80% healthy, balanced meals, you have the 20% wiggle room for the things you love — and enjoy.
12. It’s not all or nothing
If you fall off the bandwagon, jump right back on. Don’t let yourself continue to fall until all weight loss progress has been lost.