Now that the warm weather has arrived, a lot of people are becoming a little more concern about losing weight. After all, they’ll be hitting the beaches soon and all of them will want to sport that new bathing suit, as well as a new body. Unfortunately, waiting until the last minute to take off those extra pounds you put on over the winter with one of those crash diets may not be feasible. Starving yourself or resorting to exotic dietary supplements just won’t do the trick. Here are some suggestions for losing weight without dieting.
Do not skip breakfast
Contrary to popular belief, skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. Instead, people who skip out on breakfast usually find themselves eating more during the day because that missed breakfast has left them hungrier. Skipping breakfast also has the undesired effect of sapping your energy and thereby affecting other areas of your life like job performance. So, instead of skipping breakfast altogether, try eating a something light like a bowl of whole grain cereal with some fruit on top. You’ll feel more energized and the healthy breakfast will help you lose weight.
Avoid late-night snacks
One of the easiest ways to nullify all the hard work you’ve done throughout the day is going on late-night raids to the refrigerator. So, set a time for when you will cut off eating for the day, say, after you brush your teeth at night. If you feel you must have an after dinner desert, make it something light like a cup of low fat yogurt, a banana or an apple.
Avoiding late-night snacks is very important when it comes to losing weight since you won’t have a chance to work off the extra calories and all the pounds you’ve shed during the day will simply return while you’re sleeping. So, make the kitchen off limits at night.
Watch out for those Big Gulps
Colas and other sweet drinks might tickle your taste buds, but they can really pile on the calories. If you’re use to drinking sodas to quench your thirst, try substituting those sugar-laden drinks with good old-fashioned water with a twist of lemon juice. If not water, then try some natural diluted fruit juice or a cup of green tea.
If you get hungry between meals, see if drinking a glass of healthy low-calorie vegetable juice will keep your hunger at bay until time for your next meal. If you’re used to having a glass of wine or a cocktail with your dinner, try restricting this habit to weekend meals only. Alcoholic drinks like wine and beer also add to your caloric intake, so limiting how much you consume is very helpful for losing weight.
Chow down on those vegetables
Ever since you were a little kid, you’ve been admonished to eat your vegetables. And, research continues to show the benefits of a plant-based diet. In addition to being good for you, eating vegetables in place of red meats is an excellent way to avoid those extra calories. One way to ensure that you eat more vegetables with your meal is to begin the meal with a salad. Vegetables are a bulky food and perfect for replacing some of the meats you normally eat. Also, adding more fruits to your diet will not only increase your chances of losing weight, but they are high in the fiber and nutrients that your body needs.
Don’t forget about the grains
Choosing whole grain over processed foods like white breads and cakes provides your body with the much-needed, filling fiber that can help you lose weight. Whole grain rice, bread, and pasta fill you up faster so you won’t be inclined to overeat. Whole grain foods are essential to losing weight without dieting.
Eat smaller portions
If you’re like most people, once the food hits your plate that means it must be eaten. To counter the unhealthy urge to overindulge, reduce the size of the portions you prepare. Naturally, this is a job that begins in the kitchen, so where you once used 1 cup of an ingredient before, you may want to reduce it to ½ cup. Similarly, cut meat into smaller portions so that you are automatically encouraged to eat less. You will also benefit from using smaller plates. Studies have shown that smaller plates covered with food trick your brain into thinking that you have a lot to eat. Similarly, many people find it helpful to eat 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 regular meals to control their appetites and lose weight.
Losing weight does require some discipline, but the task may not be as daunting as you might think. You can lose weight without skipping entire meals if you just eat sensibly. This means avoiding late night snacks and binge eating, staying away from sugary drinks, adding more vegetables to your diet, replacing processed foods with whole grains, and cutting down on the size of portions you serve for each meal.