DRINK PLENTY OF WATER & OTHER NO CALORIE DRINKS
Drinking water not only increases your metabolism, but also makes you feel full. Often, people will mistake hunger for actual thirst. If you’re tired of water than drink unsweetened tea or ad a splash of juice.
CHOOSE YOUR NIGHT TIME SNACKS WISELY
After dinner and your day is finally over is when the worst snacking usually occurs. It’s called “snacking amnesia” when you sit down in front of the television with your favorite back of chips and mindlessly munch until the bag is gone. Your best bet is to stick to healthy alternatives such as yogurt, or a small serving of low fat ice cream if you have to.
EAT SMALL MEALS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That doesn’t mean it has to be large. Instead of having that big hearty breakfast in the morning keep every meal small and manageable. This will eliminate your desire to take that after-meal nap. By consistently eating small meals throughout the day you will increase your metabolism and actually have more energy!
ENJOY YOUR FAVORITES
In a perfect world everyone would eat healthy 100% of the time, but this is not always the case. Too much time spent scrutinizing over each individual meal will drive you up the wall and usually results in “rebound overeating”. Make one meal a week that you can eat whatever you like and the next day get right back on the wagon.
DON’T KEEP UNHEALTHY SNACKS IN THE HOUSE
Most snacking is done out of sheer boredom. Try keeping a steady supply of fruit in the house that can satisfy your sweet tooth. Now if you must splurge, you have to make the conscious decision to go to the store.
EAT PROTEIN AT EVERY MEAL
Protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats and should be used as your “secret weapon” against weight gain. Protein helps to preserve muscle mass while still keeping you full. A diet with high protein intake and moderate carbohydrates has been proven to promote weight loss.
SUBSTITUTE A CUP OF PASTA FOR A CUP OF VEGGIES
By simply limiting your carbohydrate intake and adding more vegetables to your diet you could lower that pants size sooner than you think. By swapping pasta for vegetables you are consuming between 100-200 less calories per meal!
FILL YOUR KITCHEN WITH HEALTHY CONVENIENCE FOODS
One of the hardest parts about eating healthy is finding ready-to-eat snacks. Examples include pre-cooked brown rice or chicken, frozen or fresh vegetables, canned tuna, protein shakes or some fat free popcorn. Eating these in moderation will hold you over until your next meal.