It’s okay if you don’t do all of these things 100%. Just do what you can. Have a lot of weight to lose and feel like you never will because you don’t have the determination? I promise you can put these simple hacks into action. Will you lose 50 pounds overnight? No. But three months from now you can either look in the mirror and see you weigh the same (or have put on more weight) or you can lose 20-30 pounds from just making these small adjustments to your life.
1.Don’t drink your calories
The average American drinks 400 calories a day. That’s a ton of empty calories that are making us fat! Think of it like this next time you reach for a sugar filled drink. If you drink water instead (which has zero calories btw) you can feel better about eating some sweets later! You can also add some fruit to your water to add some flavor.
2.Avoid packaged & fast food
Processed food is usually loaded with calories and is the biggest reasons why obesity is an epidemic in America. It’s just so convenient! If you’re stopping by McDonald’s every day on your lunch break, try packing your lunch instead. The pounds will melt away and you will also see a hefty increase in your finances. Double win.
3.Use a water bottle tracker
And carry it with you everywhere! Yes, drinking water is hard to do at first. But guess what? Your body will start to crave it after about a week. So water bottle trackers are great especially when you’re first starting out.
4.Always have tortillas, lean meat, and veggies on hand
I heard this somewhere a while back and thought it was the greatest idea ever! Cook some meat to have prepped for a couple of days and you can store it your fridge. So you can just throw the meat and veggies in a skillet. It’s so quick and easy. Plus lean meats and veggies are great for helping you lose weight. I like to use the tortillas from Walmart that are high protein, low carb, and only 50 calories each.
5.Use small bowls and plates
Portion control is so important! It’s so easy to over eat. That’s why using smaller containers is so helpful. When you use a big plate, you naturally want to fill it up but that is certainly not doing you any favors. Trick your mind into thinking your eating more. Also, try slowing down a bit when you eat. It takes a while for your brain to realize it’s full.
6.Prep meals ahead
Prepping your meals ahead of time can seem like a lot of work but think of it this way. You actually only need to cook once every four days, rather than daily. Get some containers and your meals will stay good in the fridge for at least four days (some people push it farther). It’s easy to just go out and grab some fast food when we get hungry so these are perfect for just sticking in the microwave real quick.
7.Do a short workout, don’t overwhelm yourself
We all know the endless benefits we can experience from getting daily exercise, but we still struggle to find the time (or motivation) to actually get to it sometimes. Short workouts are perfect for when you’re new to working out or when you’re just feeling lazy. It’s better to take baby steps than no steps at all. Here are 8 great workouts to do in under 10 minutes.
8.Limit your sitting time
We sit in the car, when we’re watching TV, playing on the computer, eating, the list goes on. Just being mindful about how often we’re sitting can help us to lose weight. Well, that and doing something about it. Taking breaks during commercials to do some squats or sit ups will do wonders for helping you shed those unwanted pounds.
9.Grab and go snacks
Get two decent sized rectangle containers and fill them with healthy snacks. You can put one in the fridge and one in your pantry. Cheese sticks, beef jerky, nut mixes, and fruits/veggies (dried is good too) are some great options. It’s also really good to always keep some of these with you all the time so you don’t have a freak out session and stop at the gas station for a candy bar.
I don’t know about you but when I get hungry I want really unhealthy stuff for some reason. Having snacks with me keeps me from getting too hungry and making bad choices.
10.Chug a 8 oz. glass of water before every meal
This was something I learned while I was in the military. The reason behind it was to keep the troops hydrated, not to lose weight but drinking water before you eat fills you up. Water helps you to lose weight and so does eating less. Perfect combination don’t you think?
11. Don’t be too hard on yourself
I think this is where most of us fail. We have bad days and mess up, then we feel like failures and this causes us to actually fail. Remember, some progress is better than no progress at all. Just start small and work your way up. Don’t feel like you have to do everything on this list right now. Get some grab and go snacks this week and next week start prepping meals.
Whatever it takes. If you have the motivation to do everything, then by all means, go for it. But don’t get down on yourself if you skip your daily workout or drink a soda.
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