It is certainly possible to lose weight without having to go on a diet, but how? Well, by simply making a few changes to your current lifestyle choices.
Often diets can be too restrictive, which can leave them difficult to stick with, which will make it almost impossible to experience long-term success.
Please read on to discover what simple changes we suggest that will enable you to experience the weight loss you desire.
#1: Start eating more vegetables
Vegetables are naturally low in calories, but contain various nutrients that are not only good for your overall health, but can also help fill you up too.
Fibre is just one of the nutrients, and it is slow to digest and can absorb liquids when eaten. This helps to fill you up and keep you full.
Vegetables also have a lot of water content, which is also filling too.
#2: Drink some green tea
To give your weight loss efforts a boost I would suggest drinking some green tea daily.
It contains a compound called EGCG that can help boost your metabolic rate. As you know your metabolism is key to helping burn calories.
If you avoid adding sugar or cream to the tea too, then further calorie savings can be made.
#3: Eat more soup
To cut the size of your main meal portion, have a bowl of soup beforehand.
It will curb your hunger, especially if you choose a broth type soup made using plenty of vegetables.
#4: Cook at home
It has been shown that those who predominantly eat at home were slimmer than those who ate out often.
The likely reason for this is that you are able to control exactly what you are eating, and the portion size.
Of course if weight loss is your goal, then you should choose to cook using fresh, natural and healthy foods, rather than buying any takeaway meals.
If you lead a busy life you can always pre-prepare your own microwave meals.
#5: Eat slower
Did you know that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that you are full?
If you tend to eat your food quickly then you could easily consume many more calories than you should before you even realise you are full.
To slow yourself down there are a few tips I would suggest:
- Chew thoroughly
- Put your cutlery down between bites
- Have a drink between bites
- Switch off any distractions i.e your phone, laptop etc
#6: Do a little yoga
Not only is yoga a form of exercise, but doing it will also relax you.
Being relaxed will help stop you body from over-producing hormones like cortisol that can affect your food cravings.
#7: Cut out those soft drinks
Soft drinks are what I would call empty calories, as they serve very little if any nutritional purpose.
Even those ‘diet’ alternatives are best avoided too, as research has shown that the artificial sweeteners they contain will cause you to crave sugar.
Instead I would suggest drinking water. It is completely free of calories, plus can help curb your appetite and will help flush out the toxins that prevent weight loss.
As a bonus the removal of these toxins will help give you clearer skin.
#8: Get plenty of sleep
A lack of sleep can cause you to overeat, firstly to help boost your energy levels, but also because your hormones have been affected.
Aim for at least 7 hours of good quality sleep every night. So switch off that mobile and any other distractions in your bedroom.