Weight loss is certainly not easy, it takes plenty of hard work in the gym and you will also need to make sacrifices diet wise too.
However, there are also ways that you can help make reaching your goal weight that much easier to achieve. Read on to discover a few simple weight loss hacks or tips to help you reach your goals.
#1: Be more mindful of what you eat
Mindfulness of what you are eating basically means that you need to start paying more attention to what you are eating.
Being mindful will help to stop you from sabotaging your own diet.
To be more mindful eat slowly, while thinking descriptively about the food you are eating. You may also want to avoid any distractions and to put your cutlery down between bites.
Doing all of the above will also give your brain opportunity to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full (it usually takes around 20 minutes for this signal to arrive), therefore reducing the overall amount you eat.
#2: Drink more water
There are numerous benefits you can experience simply by drinking more water. Its weight loss benefits are as follows:
- Can reduce hunger before meals
- Contains zero calories
- Flushes toxins
Water is the perfect replacement for soft drinks and caffeinated beverages as it contains zero calories, no sugar or fat.
#3: Eat more vegetables
This may not seem like much of a weight loss hack, as it is often said that you should eat more vegetables in order to lose weight.
However, what is not said often is that you can sneak vegetables into lots of different recipes, without affecting its taste.
#4: Make food swaps
Food swaps are an easy way to replace unhealthy foods for healthier alternatives.
Just be careful when looking for alternatives, as often those marketed as healthy are not as healthy as you would think.
This is why it is always recommended to read the labels of any potential food purchase.
#5: Try intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting like the 5:2 diet for example allows you to eat what you want, except only at certain times.
Some people find this form of dieting much easier than traditional calorie counting, and has been shown to be quite effective too.
Intermittent fasting is said to reset your body, which means that your metabolism and other bodily processes start to work more efficiently once more.
#6: Put a mirror on your fridge
Putting a mirror on your fridge is the same as putting a photo of yourself on the fridge; it will serve as a reminder as to why you want to lose weight.
The aim would be that seeing yourself would help you to make healthier food choices when you open the fridge.
#7: Try to imagine yourself eating more than you want
If you imagine yourself overindulging you will find that you become less motivated to overindulge in reality.
#8: Put your dressings to one side
Rather than cover your food in sauce have it put to one side so that you can take more control of how much of it you are eating.
Most dressings are full of added sugars and fat that will negatively affect your weight so be careful of how much of it you eat.
#9: Choose a different alcoholic drink
There are certain types of alcoholic drinks that should be avoided; for example beer and most cocktails as they are full of sugar.
If you cant go out without having a drink then choose an alternative, for example vodka.
#10: Trick yourself with crockery
If you want to eat a smaller portion than use a smaller plate, just make sure you don’t stack your food.
Similarly use a taller glass, as your drink will also seem bigger.
The colours of your plates can also affect your hunger levels too; for example the colour blue can act as an appetite suppressant.