There is no miracle weight loss cure or one-size-fits-all remedy when trying to drop pounds.
Long-term weight management comes from a combination of smart eating habits and regular physical activity, but there are a few everyday tricks that can help you lose weight over time and keep it off long term.
With a few tweaks to your everyday routine, you’ll see results and feel healthier and more energized.
Here are some simple ways to get the body you’ve always wanted.
Moving and Shaking
Turn up the tunes and dance your butt off. Just 15 minutes of fast-tempo dancing can burn up to 500 calories!
Plan a night out with the girls, push back the furniture for a living room dance party, or just groove by yourself for a fun and easy burn.
Water is beneficial for your health in a lot of ways. It keeps you energized all day, clears your complexion and staves off hunger. The feeling of “hunger” is often your body telling you it’s thirsty. When you drink water before a meal, it will fill you up and keep you from overeating.
Having a low-calorie flavored water at a party can keep you away from buffets and cocktails. And, staying hydrated helps your body run more efficiently, which includes burning calories without you even lifting a finger.
Full of Fiber
Getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals is important to living a healthy lifestyle, but certain foods can give you more of what you need than others.
A high-fiber diet has been shown to help with weight loss. A recent study showed that women who doubled their daily fiber intake from 12 to 24 grams consumed 90 fewer calories per day, that’s 10 pounds a year!
Fiber fills you up, aids with digestion, and can maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure for an overall healthier body.
Supplement Your Health
Using supplements to help manage your weight is a good way to get the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs without racking up calories.
There are a variety of supplements that work in various ways, from supporting energy levels to fighting cravings, assisting in reaching fitness goals to stress management. All of which can lead to weight loss when combined with healthy habits.
Go Natural and Find the Right Fats
Simple, natural alternatives to your favorite foods can lead to daily weight loss.
Using coconut oil and coconut butter as a cooking and butter alternative not only makes your food sweet and delicious, it replaces bad fats with good ones, giving your body the essential saturated fats it needs without tipping the scale.
Peanut butter or almond butter is another great food that’s high in essential protein and monounsaturated fats. An all-natural peanut butter can reduce the calories and fat in this healthy snack by enough to equate to a few pounds a year.
No More Midnight Snacking
Late night snacks tend to be high in calories and sodium, which your body can’t properly burn when you are sitting in front of the TV or going to bed.
If you’re prone to evening snacks, try pushing back your dinner time and eating more healthy snacks throughout the afternoon. Some dietitians even suggest setting a kitchen curfew when the kitchen becomes off limits after a certain time of night.
Downsize Your Dishes
Many people regulate their eating with visual cues. When the plate is empty, the meal is over, instead of stopping eating once your body feels full.
Using smaller dishware can help combat this habit and make for healthier portions.
The same applies to alcohol. Using a smaller wine glass can help you cut calories and savor your favorite bottle for a little bit longer.