Simple Methods to Shed Pounds
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There’s nothing more depressing to a woman than an expanding waist line, especially with spring lurking around the corner. I woke up this morning and told myself that pretty soon I’d have to shed that bulky coat I’d been wearing all winter and those pounds I’d packed on around the holidays would be really apparent. Knowing that I needed to make a change. Not just a change, but a change that would stick. The type of personality that I have I knew I couldn’t just incorporate some drastic new workout or dieting routine and expect results so I began to search for simple techniques that I knew I could stick with and that I knew have worked in the past. A little really does go a long way.
1. Count calories
Counting calories sounds so annoying but it really isn’t if done the right way. When you count calories you can basically eat what you want as long as you stay within your assigned calories for the day. There are really cool apps that can assist with this. The best one that I’ve found so far is free and it works like a dream. My Fitness Pal can be downloaded as an app or used from a computer by visiting http://www.myfitnesspal.com. The thing that I love about it is that it has a huge database where you can pretty much search any food on the planet and find out the calories in it. I lost 13 lbs in about 6 weeks using this app.
For a person as uncoordinated as me, walking is one of the greatest forms of exercise ever created. Those with more time than others can set aside a time slot a few times a week to go walking while those with busier schedules may have to incorporate it into the schedules they already have. For example, walking during your lunch break, walking between buildings on campus instead of catching the shuttle, walking to the train or bus instead of catching a cab or a ride.
3. Minimize the juice and swap out regular soda for diet soda
I know some people who can’t live without soda but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy soda and be weight aware. We take in so many calories from beverages. By drinking diet drinks you are still retaining some of the benefits of drinking soda but taking in zero calories.
4. Drink water
So, I know people who just downright hate water. The solution to this are low calorie powder sticks that you can mix into your water bottle. You won’t even know that you’re drinking water because with the power it tastes so much like juice. A study conducted by Brenda Davy, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech a few years ago shows that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water prior to eating a meal assists greatly in weight loss efforts.
5. Eat breakfast
Just from experience without any research involved I’ve learned that eating breakfast keeps you from acting like a hungry beast trying to devour any and everything in sight by the time lunch rolls around.
6. Get excited about something!
Food never seems as important when you have something else to be excited about.