Great tips that will leave you satisfied and slimmer.
“Eat less, move more.” You might have heard this message before.
While the strategy makes total sense, it’s wrong to assume that the only reason people gain or lose weight is because of calories.
The issue is much more complicated than that. Different foods affect hunger and hormones in different ways, and not all calories are equal.
The truth is, there are many things you can do to lose weight — without ever counting a single calorie. Just follow this simple advice for how to lose weight fast.
You might even be surprised by how easy (and delicious) some of these tips are to follow.
1. Always Eat a Man’s Breakfast
Scrambled eggs and a Losing weight can be as simple as changing your breakfast. Two separate studies have shown that eating eggs in the morning (compared to a breakfast of bagels) can help you lose fat without trying.
Another awesome benefit of eating eggs is that they are among the healthiest foods in the world.
Although eggs are high in cholesterol, studies suggest they do not raise your bad cholesterol or lead to heart disease, as previously believed. If you think you don’t have time to cook a healthy breakfast, think again. Preparing a breakfast with some eggs and veggies doesn’t have to take any longer than 5–10 minutes.
Just set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier and problem solved. Vegetables and few sausage links will keep you fuller longer than an airy doughnut will.
2. Using Smaller Plates Can Trick Your Brain into Thinking That You’re Actually Eating More.
The human brain is the most complex object in the universe.
It tends to work in mysterious ways, and its control of eating behaviour is incredibly complicated.
It’s the brain that ultimately determines whether you should or should not eat.
But there is one neat thing you can do to “trick” your brain into thinking that it has eaten more food — use smaller plates.
The larger your plates or bowls, the less your brain thinks you have eaten. By using smaller plates, you trick your brain into feeling more satisfied with fewer calories.
3. Eat More!
We’re talking three good snacks and three healthful meals. But what do you serve during the bowl game if you can’t have chips and dip? Mixed nuts—especially almonds—will satisfy your craving for something crunchy while helping to build muscle.
4. Just Say No to Starches
Foods like pasta, white bread, and potatoes make you fat. If you must have pasta, make yours whole-wheat. Same goes for bread, and swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Just don’t eat too much! A perfect example of a great swap is baked or mashed sweet potato. You’ll never go back to regular potatoes.
5. Lift Weights
Yes, you have to hit the gym, and no, lifting cans during happy hour doesn’t count. The muscles you build will not only improve your performance, they’ll stoke your metabolism so you burn calories long after your workout is over.
6. Think Before You Eat
Don’t just stuff your face with the stale cookies left over from the holidays, eat what tastes good and what’s good for you. Take your time eating; you’ll stay fuller longer. Here are 7 ways to harness your hunger from a grumbling stomach.
7. But Have Fun Once in a While—or Once a Week
Stifle those cravings for too long, and you’ll be miserable and might fall off your new plan forever. Just splurge reasonably—two slices of pizza, not the whole thing.
8. Go Low-Carb
It’s the easiest way to drop weight fast. The cravings are hard at first, but it gets easier—especially when you see the results.
9. Run Intervals
It’s easier to alternate between hard and easy running instead of going for a long run—especially if you don’t like running. Plus, you’ll be done faster and burn more fat.
Break your speed limits by boosting your speed with intervals. You’ll not only get faster, but your gut with flatten in no-time.
10. Never, Ever Drink Sweetened Soda
Sugary beverages are the most fattening items in the food supply. Our brains don’t compensate for the calories in them by making us eat less of other foods.
This isn’t only true of sugary drinks like Coke and Pepsi; it also applies to “healthier” beverages like Vitamin water – which are also loaded with sugar.
Even fruit juices are problematic and should not be consumed in large amounts. A single glass can contain a similar amount of sugar as several pieces of whole fruit!
11. Eating Without Distractions Prevents Mindless Eating
Distracted or inattentive eating is one reason people overeat and gain weight.
Being in tune with your body and paying attention to hunger and fullness or satiety signals is very important.
Many of those who struggle with weight gain or obesity eat out of habit or boredom, rather than necessity.
This often happens when people are doing something else at the same time, like watching TV or browsing the internet. In these situations, practicing mindful eating could be useful.
Mindful eating is a strategy that helps people distinguish between emotional eating and real hunger. It involves paying full attention to what you are eating, without any distractions, chewing slowly and savouring every bite.
Not only does mindful eating make meals more satisfying, it also reduces the risk of overeating and weight gain.
The Bottom Line
By making a few simple changes that optimize hormones, reduce hunger and boost metabolism, you can lose a lot of weight without ever counting a single calorie.
“Diets” almost never work in the long term. If anything, studies actually show that people who “diet” gain more weight over time. Instead of approaching this from a dieting mindset, make it your primary goal to become a happier, healthier and fitter person.
Focus on nourishing your body instead of depriving it and let weight loss follow as a natural side effect.