As temperatures start to rise and the weather gets nicer, we start to look forward to wearing lighter, airier clothes. Sometimes winter weight sneaks up on you and makes it hard to get into your summer clothes though...if that's the case or if you want to get healthier for summer this year, we have a few tips for you!
Losing weight can be tough and there are a lot of theories on how to do it. Here are a few of our favourite tips:
Eat smaller portions.
Our bodies quickly get used to eating a bit less. This not only helps you lose weight or keep weight off but also helps you avoid overeating, which often makes you feel tired and sluggish. A simple tip for smaller portions is just using a smaller plate, tricking your mind into thinking you're full.
Don't skip meals.
Skipping meals can result in cravings, which mean that you eat more calories long term than you would if you eat regularly. Intermittent fasting is a big trend right now, but the truth is - not everyone can handle it. Eat regular, small meals to avoid cravings.
Eat when you are hungry and quit just before you feel full.
Eat until you aren't hungry anymore, but stop before you start to feel truly full. Avoid bored eating too!
Focus on your food.
Studies have shown that people who eat while distracted eat larger amounts of food. Don't eat while watching tv or reading, but focus on enjoying your meal without distractions.
Eat consciously and without a guilty conscience.
Take your time and eat consciously to develop a better understanding of how you feel hunger and what your body needs. Make sure to treat yourself from time to time and really enjoy your treats.
Plan for setbacks.
Life isn't perfect and it is ok to slip up on your diet now and then. Even if you went overboard today, tomorrow is a new day to start again! All diets have their ups and downs.
Patience is a virtue.
Be patient with yourself. Losing weight takes time - remember that you didn't gain the weight overnight either. Slow and steady wins the race!
Make sure to eat food you actually like.
Try to avoid super complicated diets or foods that you don't actually enjoy. It's easier to adjust the meals you usually eat than follow something complicated. Just make healthy eating your norm by making small adjustments step by step.
Change bad eating habits.
Let's face it: everyone has bad eating habits. Track your food choices to get to know what your eating habits are. Check in to see what habits you want to see.
The modern world offers constant temptations! Keep in mind that by eating healthier food, you're investing in yourself and your health!
We hope these tips for losing weight become a sustainable part of your diet plan!