Slimming down is something most of us think about as spring approaches; however, getting that extra weight off can seem overwhelming. There are; however, several ways to slim down without overdoing it such as slowing down when you eat. Instead of gulping down your food in five minutes, take at least 15-20 minutes to eat. It takes time for your brain to recognize that you have eaten enough and you can enjoy your food more when you don’t hurry.
Another way to lose that weight is to nibble on filling fruits such as berries. Eating berries can prevent weight gain and are low in calories. Most importantly, berries are healthy and you can put them on smoothies or cereal.
Those who have dieted with success will tell you that one of the best ways to get weight off is to keep a food diary. However, keeping a food diary can be tedious at best; however, by replying to a fast text message, a food diary can be fun. For example, you could text that you lost a few pounds and put in the number of steps you walk every day and if you ate or didn’t eat, food. You could also ask a family member or friend to text you a question about your diet or exercise goals. This kind of accountability will keep you on track and will make losing the weight more fun. Sharing your efforts and success is a great motivating factor.
You may think that getting good sleep is something only necessary to feel good the following day and to take care of necessary actions; however, getting good sleep every night can keep your waistline in good shape. Several research studies have shown that when you don’t get enough sleep, you become overweight. In addition, lack of sleep can also confuse your metabolism and lead you to eating more; especially late at night.
Most importantly, make sure to get at least a half hour of exercise every day. Research also shows that one of the best ways to exercise is to walk. Start out slowly, such as 15 minutes a day and then work up to 30-45 minutes. Walking briskly for a half hour can burn over 200 calories and keep your heart in good shape and may also prevent certain illnesses such as diabetes. Also, drink plenty of water; water fills you up. Drinking a glass of water an hour before eating may cause you to eat less.
To conclude, slimming down is something most of us think about as spring approaches; however, getting that extra weight off can seem overwhelming. Talk with your doctor or other health specialist soon and find out more about slimming down!