Yes, you read it right. You can lose weight without dieting. Sure, there are plenty of diet programs from which you can lose weight quickly while leaving you hungry everyday. But what good is a weight loss program only to regain it again in future. The best way to lose weight permanently is to do it slowly.
Experts say that by making simple changes to your lifestyle you can lose weight without going on a diet. Here are top 10 tips to get you started.
- Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Most people trying to lose weight think that skipping breakfast is a good way to cut down calories, but such habit will make them eat more throughout the rest of the day without knowing it. Due to skipped breakfast they start feeling hungry later and eat more to make up for it. Instead start your day with whole grain cereal with fruit toppings.
- Avoid Kitchen At Night
Set a time after which you will stop entering the kitchen for late night snacks or chips while watching TV. If you want something sweet after dinner have a scoop of ice cream or yogurt and brush your teeth which will make it less likely for you to eat something later.
- Choosing Liquid Calories
Sugary liquids will provide you with a lot of calories but don’t satisfy your hunger. If you are thirsty, drink water, fresh fruit or lemon juice. You can also try vegetable juice if you are hungry which can help you hold on to your hunger till your next meal. If you drink alcohol regularly, then limit the amount you consume as they are also big calorie saver.
- Eating Whole Foods
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in nutrients. Eating them will help you in avoiding other high fat junk foods. Try starting your lunch or dinner with a bowl of salad or soup. You can also eat them between meals which will help in curbing your cravings.
- Whole Grains
Opt for whole grain instead of refined grains. Substituting whole wheat breads, pastas, brown rice instead of white breaks, cookies, cakes, etc will fill you up with the required daily fiber requirement. They slowly digest food which will make you full for longer.
- Food Environment
Controlling your food environment is a simple way to cut down extra calories. You should be mindful about what you stock up in kitchen. Next time when you go for shopping, skip those junk foods and shop for healthier alternatives. You only crave for those junk foods only if you have them in your kitchen. You will automatically choose to eat healthy food when you have them in your kitchen. Even when you are going out to eat choose the kind of restaurants you visit carefully. For example stay away from all you can eat restaurants and whenever you go to parties eat a healthy snack which will help you eat less when you fill your plate.
- Cut Down Portions
Cutting down the portion of your servings by 10-20% will also help in losing weight. You can easily do this by choosing smaller plates. You brain will still think that you have eaten a full plate after every meal.
- Walk More
Use a fitness band or a mobile app for tracking and start walking atleast till you reach 10000 steps each day. Walk whenever you talk on phone, use stairs instead of elevators, walk during television commercials, take your dog for extra walk, doing these will burn a lot of extra calories each day.
- Protein Rich Meals And Snack
Add lean, low-fat protein meal or snack to your meal. They will help you feel fuller thereby helping you avid overeating. Some protein rich foods are eggs, nuts, peanut butter, lean meat, beams, etc.
- Switch To Healthy Alternatives
Switch to low-fat salad dressings, mayo and dairy products whenever you can. When mixed with other food you will not notice the difference. Some other alternatives are eating sweet potatoes instead of regular ones, using hummus or salsa as dip, skim milk instead of cream, etc.