Weight loss does not have to be complicated, nor does it need to be difficult. However, many diet plans and tips are overly complicated, which makes them difficult to stick with.
The following tips are easy and will aid your weight loss efforts. Please read on to uncover our no-fuss tips for weight loss success.
#1: Allow yourself to indulge
Of course you will need to cut back on junk foods, but cutting them completely from your diet maybe a mistake.
The problem with cutting all of your favourite foods from your diet is that you will end up craving these foods.
Before long you will not be able to control these cravings, and you will completely fall off the wagon, leading you to overindulge and ruin all of your previous efforts.
I would recommend allowing yourself 10% of your daily food allowance to be foods that you love, even if you know these foods are bad for you.
Sometimes the occasional indulgence wont harm, and could actually aid your efforts.
#2: Eat gut friendly foods
If you suffer from inflammation of your gut then this can prevent you from absorbing the essential nutrients your body requires, this in turn can affect your hunger and could potentially encourage fat storage.
Eating gut friendly foods can help, so make sure your diet includes plenty of fibre as well as oily fish.
You may also see benefit from consuming a probiotic because they contain good bacteria that aids digestive health.
#3: Watch what carbs you eat
I would not recommend cutting all carbs from your diet like some would recommend, after-all carbs are essential for energy and numerous other bodily functions.
Instead I would recommend cutting back on starchy carb sources like bread, rice and potatoes, and to instead choose carbs rich in fibre instead.
- Dark leafy green vegetables
The extra fibre will help fill you up, and keep you feeling full. It is also good for your digestive health.
#4: Make new habits
One of the most crucial parts of your weight loss success is creating new healthier habits.
Habits are essential as they become things you do without even thinking of them. These could include:
- Planning your meals in advance
- Sticking to a structured training program
- Getting better quality sleep
They wont become habits overnight, but if you stick to them for a while you will learn to do them without even giving them a second thought.
#5: Prepare and cook your own meals
The only way to have complete control over what you are eating is by preparing and cooking your own meals.
Even if you buy a supposedly healthy meal from a supermarket or restaurant you will likely be shocked at just how many calories and additives these foods contain.
If you have a set daily calorie allowance then this tip is essential.
#6: Drink more water
Water is not only a better alternative to soft drinks and alcohol, due to its lack of calories, but is also better because it can actually curb your appetite.
When consumed prior to a meal research has found that in the subsequent meal, fewer calories were consumed.
Drinking water throughout the day will also keep you hydrated, which will prevent you from encountering those food cravings that arise when your body mistakes hunger for thirst.
#7: Add some spice to your meals
Adding chilli peppers to your meals will help to boost your metabolic rate.
This is because as consuming them can cause a process called thermogenesis to occur, which is a process where your internal body temperature increases.
As you know the higher your metabolism, the more calories you are able to burn.
#8: Learn to relax
Stress can cause your body to store fat, this is because of an increase in the stress hormone cortisol.
To lower stress you could try meditation or yoga. Although even a hot relaxing bath with your favourite book could do wonders.
#9: Give your kitchen a clear-out
Have you ever heard the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind”? Well, this fits perfectly with this weight loss tip.
By removing the junk food from your kitchen you will be less tempted by it.
I would also recommend displaying healthy foods so that you are more tempted to reach for them.
#10: Eat slower
Those who tend to eat their meals quickly often consume more calories than those who eat slowly.
The reason for this is that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal that you are full, during which time you could have had a second portion if you rush your meals.
To slow the rate you eat you could try one or more of the following methods:
- Chewing thoroughly
- Having a sip of water between bites
- Putting your cutlery down between mouthfuls
While these tips will certainly help your weight loss efforts, our most important tip for weight loss success is dedication.
You will encounter times when you will consider quitting, perhaps when you are feeling down, but if you remain dedicated to your efforts then you can overcome any obstacle.
It wont happen overnight, but it is surely possible to achieve your weight loss goals if you are willing to keep pushing.