We all know that the only way to lose weight is to make sure your calories in are less than your calories out. But, between work, family and any hope of a social life, it can seem like pigs will fly before you get into calorie deficit territory.
It’s easier than you think – all it takes is a few tweaks to your usual routine, and those pounds will be off before you know it. To help you get started, here are a few easy tips and tricks.
Change your diet
If you’re one of those people who NEED to eat or you get scary hangry, don’t skimp on meals. Instead, change what you’re eating so that what you’re putting in your body still fills you up, but gives you the right mix of carbs, protein, and fats. And yes, fats are still necessary for your body.
There are easy ways to do this, like eat an open-faced sandwich without cheese or mayonnaise, and cut about 200 calories instantly. Or, replace the sugar in your coffee with cinnamon to give yourself an extra 30 calories (which gives you back that mayo on your sandwich!).
Change your lifestyle
Simple changes in your everyday routine can make it easier to eat healthy calories. So much of our culture centers around food that it’s hard to avoid noshing on nibbles throughout the day. It’s much better to eat with purpose than to just grab the closest thing, and taking a mindful approach to eating can work wonders for your waistline.
This is because eating while distracted leads to missing our body’s fullness cues for and almost always results in eating more than we need. How many times have you reached for another nacho only to find that oops, they’re all gone? Identifying ways to consciously choose what you eat and pay attention while you’re eating will help you lose weight fast.
Change your exercise routine
Amping up your routine, or simply starting one, can give you that quick weight loss you’re looking for. Based on your regular exercise patterns, your body figures out the most efficient way to use energy. Change it up, and your body has to boost its energy output to keep up, burning more calories faster. Calories out means pounds off.
Interval training is just one of the ways you can kick-start your body into using up those stubborn pounds of fat that have decided to settle in and stay for a while. Bosting your metabolism by building muscle mass is another way to keep your body working for you for hours after you exercise. Imagine that – burning calories while you watch TV, a dieter’s dream!
Though shedding those extra pounds seems like such a pain that you are seriously considering just accepting it and buying bigger clothes, once you start making little changes and seeing the immediate results, you won’t want to stop. Getting started is hard, though, and if you need a jumpstart, read Lifeguide Blog’s 41 Weight Loss Tips: How to Lose 10 Pounds Fast for some amazing ideas on how to make simple changes to your everyday routine to drop some excess pounds in a flash.Read More