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It’s time to give your healthy lifestyle a kick in the pants! These 10 simple weight loss tips will kick-start your weight loss goals and help you reduce calories during the day while providing your body with much needed nutrients.
Have you recently begun working on your goals?
If you’re just getting started on your journey to reach your goals, I recommend choosing one to three of my weight loss tips to implement at the start. As each strategy becomes part of your daily lifestyle add another. Trying to implement all 10 tips at one time can feel overwhelming, and when we become overwhelmed we fall back into old habits.
What can you do to get on track?
The Mayo Clinic is an excellent resource for tips on how to get started on your weight goals. When thinking about where to start, choose the weight loss tip that feels the most doable given your current circumstances and lifestyle, or choose a strategy that you had implemented in the past, and found success. As you build your confidence in achieving your goals go for the strategies that stretch you out of your comfort zone. Find a partner or other supports to help you while you move through the strategies. When you have someone to help you through, and work things out, you’re more likely to make the change you want to see in your life.
Are you on your way to achieving your goals?
Have you implemented some of these strategies already? Consider which ones you could improve on. We often think we’re doing really well with our healthy eating habits, and wonder why we’re not seeing results. Take a step back and record for one day everything you consume, including beverages, dressings, sauces, etc. Are you eating enough fresh vegetables? Are you getting enough calories? Are your calories nutrient dense? Once we take a step back and evaluate the choices we’ve made during the day, we become more aware of how small decisions throughout the day are effecting the bigger picture towards reaching our goals.
You can do this!
When taking the initiative to change your habits remember to take it slow and easy, celebrate your successes, and be forgiving of yourself when you slip up. Developing healthy habits is a process that takes time and patience, but it’s well worth the effort to achieving long-term results.
10 Weight Loss Hacks for Busy Moms
- Turn off the screens. Television, computer, phone, ipad, put away the screens when it’s time to eat. When you’re looking at a screen while you’re eating, you aren’t tuned into your body cues. Mindless overeating occurs when we’re distracted by screens.
- Reduce sugar intake. Clean out your pantry of cookies, candy, and sweets. There’s a lot of hidden sugar in packaged foods today. Look out for added sugar in yogurt, jams, cereals, granola, and energy bars.
- Eliminate artificial sweeteners. Studies have proven that eating foods that contain artificial sweeteners lead to increased calorie intake by tricking our brain into eating sweets at another time in the day.
- Snack on fruits and vegetables. Hungry? Need a snack? Go for a fruit or vegetable. Baby carrots, sliced cucumber, bell peppers, celery, apples, bananas all make great snacks.
- Skip the dip! When munching on fruits and vegetables, skip the dip! That means no ranch dressing, or other dips that add calories to your snack.
- Limit oil and condiments. Oils are calorie dense and condiments pack sugar and salt. Consider using a few tablespoons of vegetable broth or water as a substitution for oil when you sauté vegetables.
- No more processed meat. Processed meat has been linked to increased cancer risk. Not only that, when you’re goal is weight loss, processed meat has a high salt content which causes water retention.
- Limit Other Meat and Dairy. All meat, even lean meat, contains saturated fat, and dairy is high in both saturated fat and sugar. If you decide to include meat in your diet limit the portion to 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards.
- Drink Water. Juice, soda, and alcohol are empty calories. Save those calories for nutrient rich foods that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Often our thirst response is disguised as a hunger response, so when you feel hungry in the middle of the day, go for water first.
- Sprinkle in a few meatless meals throughout the week. Try out plant-based protein in one of your weekly meals or opt for sustainable fish in place of meat once a week.
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