Keep hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is not only vital for normal body functioning, but it helps keep cravings to a minimum.
Add to diet, don’t take away: Try adding the recommended servings of each food group to your diet instead of cutting calories. The ability to maintain a diet is crucial for the long-term weight loss process.
Limit night-time snacks: Make good choices about late night snacking. Obviously, cookies and a large glass of milk is not the way to go. If you do have a late-night craving, snack on a low fat, low calorie food like a piece of fruit.
Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation: Avoid having your favorite foods in the house, but make a point to go out and enjoy the foods that make you happy. If it is ice cream you like, go for a walk to the local creamery and indulge. Just refrain from buying it and having it readily available in the house. Moderation is key!
Small meals: Try to eat several small meals throughout the course of the day instead of three rather large meals. This will help reduce hunger strikes and will allow the body to process the foods more efficiently.
Eat a protein every meal: Make sure to incorporate a protein with every meal. Protein not only helps build and repair lean muscle mass, but it is more satisfying to the body than fats and carbohydrates.
Add spices to your foods: Spicy foods stimulate your metabolism which helps you burn more calories throughout the course of the day.
Stock your kitchen with healthy food: Stocking your shelves with fast and easy healthy foods that are readily available without long strenuous cooking and thought. This helps knock out that hunger craving before it gets out of hand.
Raw foods are best: Try to indulge in raw and organic foods if you can. Raw, fresh fruits and veggies offer the body a variety of vitamins and minerals necessary for normal body functioning. The body is able to digest and process organic foods more easily as well.
Add physical activity to your routine: Try to add 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity to your every day rouine. It may be rather difficult at first, but stick with it and it will soon come natural.
December 29th, 2010