If you want to lose weight, the most obvious way is to follow a healthy diet, but there are simple changes and sneaky ways to shed those extra pounds, too. Most people in New York, NY, look for tips and tricks to make weight loss easier. That doesn’t mean they give up the idea of diet and exercise. It simply means they want to boost the effects of both. Something as simple as drinking a glass of water a half hour before a meal can cut your appetite so you won’t eat as much.
Save the planet and walk a little further.
If you drive to a store, instead of circling the lot looking for the closest parking spot, park at the first spot you see and walk the rest of the way. You’ll be burning calories instead of burning gas trying to find a closer spot. It’s hard to do in extreme weather, but well worth it since you burn even more calories. You can boost that burning by walking faster or even sprinting to the store.
Enjoy the meal and the conversation.
Eat slowly and mindfully, savoring every bite. Chew each bite until it’s liquid in your mouth, enjoying the taste and texture with each bite. Eat slowly to give your stomach a chance to signal to the brain that it’s full. If you’re eating in a restaurant, don’t order dessert until after the meal. You might find you are too full to eat it. Enjoy conversation at the table. That slows the act of eating, too.
Use smaller plates, share meals, and order an appetizer or take half the meal home.
Use smaller plates at home to create an optical illusion that your serving is larger. If you’re at a buffet, don’t overfill your plate. You can always return for more. A thin friend uses the food-touching technique. She stops putting food on her plate when the food touches, so she never mounds any one item too high. I’ve seen her return for seconds of food she loves, but it’s not often. Many restaurants serve large portions that add extra calories. Use the appetizer as a main course, share a meal, or cut the portion in half and ask for a doggie bag. Save the second half for dinner the next day.
- Start weekly meal planning. Plan meals one day, shop the next, and cook everything on your day off, packing it in portion-size containers. During the workweek, you can heat and serve in minutes. Don’t forget to include snacks.
- Get a good night’s rest. If you lack sleep, your body produces more ghrelin—the hunger hormone, and less leptin—the satiety hormone. Lack of sleep also can make your workout less productive, so you burn fewer calories.
- Start with a heaping salad and extra vegetables, then add higher-calorie items. It also fills you with lower-calorie food, so you eat fewer calories.
- Make family time active time. Have a hula hoop contest with the kids or jump rope. Both are excellent ways for you and your children to get extra exercise and burn more calories.
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