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Crisis Averted: 50 Weight Loss Finds For The New Year
It’s not a surprise that the most popular New Years’s resolution made by women is to lose weight. But 25% of people who make resolutions don’t even make it past the first week! Don’t be a person who makes this same resolution year after year with no results. Tell yourself that this is going to be your year! You’re going to lose weight and keep it off. Of course it’s going to take some hard work and dedication, because if it were easy then everyone would be doing it! Here are some of the best weight loss tips, gadgets, and secrets to help you achieve your goal. You can do it!
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Identify Your Ideal Weight: If you’re 5’4″ and have always been a little curvy, then there’s an ideal weight that should match your body type. Don’t strive to be 115 pounds if you know that’s unattainable. Choose a realistic, healthy weight that you know you can achieve. And remember, muscle weighs more than fat!
Spice Up Your Meal: The best benefit of spicy foods is that it slows your eating. Most of us are guilty of eating too fast, and by the time your stomach signals that it’s full, you’ve already eaten too much. Making your food spicier is an easy way to stop this. Spices also help to curb your hunger. I’ll take extra hot peppers on my next meal, please!
Photograph Yourself: Take the guess work out of losing weight by stripping down and snapping a picture of yourself in front of a mirror each week. You should take a profile, frontal, and rear shot. Pictures don’t lie, and this is a great way to document your weight loss progress. The scale may be telling you that you’ve gained three pounds this week, but it could easily be 3 pounds of muscle. Soon enough you’ll be able to enjoy comparing your photos to see how far you’ve come!
Use a Food Journal: Keeping track of what kind and how much food you’re putting into your body can actually help to double your weight loss. It helps stop mindless snacking and actually influences you to eat better. Try using My Fitness Pal; you can download the app for free on your phone and use it to count your calories and keep track of your exercise if you’re not a pen and paper type of tracker.
Stop mindless eating: We all know it’s bad to eat in front of the TV or computer because you aren’t fully conscious of what is going in your mouth, but we all still do it. Before you sit down in front of the TV or computer, measure out a single serving of your favorite snack. Don’t just eat out of the box or bag because you’ll end up eating two or three times more than a single serving.
Eat With Chopsticks: Using chopsticks while you eat will help you slow down and savor your food, which means you’ll feel fuller faster. It also means that you’ll take smaller bites which you tend to chew better, and that makes it easier to digest.
Eat Right Post-Workout: Don’t reward yourself with greasy, unhealthy foods after you workout. You should eat something with a healthy balance of protein and carbs in order to replenish your body within 30 to 60 minutes after your workout. This is when your muscles will benefit the most from nutrition. Some great post-workout foods include: hummus with pita chips, a whole wheat bagel with almond butter, tuna and whole wheat crackers, an egg white and spinach omelet, chocolate milk, and Greek yogurt. For more post-workout approved foods, click here. Also, be aware of foods to pass up post-workout.
Read Labels: Yes this can be a huge hassle, but it’s the best way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. (Read: Food Labels Translated: 10 Alarming Ingredients to Avoid.) It can help you stick to the serving sizes and avoid unwanted calories and fats. If nothing else, just make sure you pay attention to the calorie count and servings.
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Go Blue: Did you know that the color blue functions as an appetite suppressant? Serve food on blue plates, wear blue while you eat, use a blue tablecloth, or even use blue food coloring! This will help you to manage your food intake. Be cautious of red, yellow, and orange because these colors encourage eating.
Sit Down At a Table To Eat: Don’t stand, watch TV, or drive while you eat. This will cause you to eat more at a faster pace because you’re not paying full attention to what you’re putting in your mouth. Sit down at your kitchen or dining room table. This will allow you to focus on what you’re eating and you’ll pay more attention to when you’re feeling full, plus it makes eating an experience and not a rushed chore.
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Meet Mini Goals: In order to keep yourself motivated, set small goals for yourself that you can easily reach. This will help you stay on track to reach your ultimate goal and it’s a great feeling to be able to cross something off on your to-do list. For example, one week you can make it a goal to head to the gym five times. When you’ve completed this, reward yourself with flowers or a movie. You’ll feel more accomplished and see that your hard work is paying off! For more tips on goal setting, read 5 Tips to Turn Your Fitness Goals into Reality.
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To Be A Smart Snacker, You Must Be A Smart Shopper: If you buy foods like potato chips, cookies, or ice cream, you know you won’t be able to resist the temptation when the cravings hit. When at the grocery store, only buy healthy snacks like hummus, granola, yogurt, fruit, or vegetables. That way whenever you reach for a snack, you know it’s healthy! Need some more healthy snack options, check out these 30 healthy snacks.
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A Healthy Cookbook: Use a cookbook to find simple, appetizing, and nutritious recipes that you can easily make for both you and your family. If you’re searching for slim recipes around the holidays, check out Skinny Mom’s online Holiday Cookbook. And if you haven’t already, subscribe to the FREE Supper Club by Skinny Mom and get your dinners planned every night of the week. For more information, click here!
Think Positive Thoughts: A negative attitude can make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. When you berate yourself for eating the wrong foods or view yourself in a negative way, it can make you feel powerless or unmotivated. Start thinking and repeating the same positive thoughts over and over because your mind will start to believe these thoughts are true! These statements become self-fulfilling and can be essential in your weight loss plan.
Hold the Condiments: Using condiments and sauces can add delectable flavor to your meal, but it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just toppings and have real calories. You can save around 100 calories per day by skipping out on condiments, which could help you lose up to 10 pounds per year! Make sure to pass on mayonnaise, ketchup, or bottled salad dressings. Instead use hummus, guacamole, or salsa to help send your meals over the top!
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Hello Wello: How awesome would it be to have a personal trainer or to attend a group fitness class from the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! Check out Wello online and find your groove. They offer affordable prices, over 40 types of workouts, and all you need is an internet connection and a webcam! Or, Skinny Mom’s Fitness Index is a great resource. With hundreds of workouts and exercise moves, you can sort for your desired target area, equipment and level and create customized workouts just for you! (photo credit)
Monitor Your Heart Rate: Purchasing a heart rate monitor is an effective, quick, and reliable way to maximize your workout and burn calories. It will help ensure that you’re maintaining your desired intensity level during exercise and make sure you’re not slacking off.
Drink Regular Coffee: Are you a person that doesn’t feel like your day has truly started until you’ve had a cup of coffee? Places like Starbucks pack hundreds of extra calories into your drink by using tons of sugar, whipped cream, and sugary syrups. Drinking your coffee black is your best option for weight loss. Instead of reaching for cream, use fat-free or soy milk. Add calorie-free sugar and sugar-free syrups if you need to add some flavor. And make sure you limit it to one cup per day!
Try Portion Plates: One of the absolute worst food trends in the past few years is the increase if portion sizes. Have you ever been shocked by how much food you were served at a restaurant only to end up eating it all? We eat much more than our bodies need. Regardless of hunger levels, studies find that if you serve people more food, they’ll eat more food. Check out these awesome portion plate products that help you to eat the right amount and right kinds of food.
Get a scale: This wireless scale from Withings gives you your precise weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) in just seconds! And since everything else in your house connects to WiFi, why not have your bathroom scale connect as well? It automatically uploads the data to your phone, computer, or tablet, so you can easily track your progress. Sounds amazing!
Take Your Vitamins: Vitamins can increase your metabolism, promote weight loss, and are essential to good health. One of the best vitamins you can take for weight loss are B Vitamins. Vitamin B6 helps aid in digestion, B5 helps to boost your metabolism, B12 keeps your body’s nerve and blood cells healthy, and B2 prevents your unused energy from turning into fat. For more information on what vitamins you should be taking, check out these must-have vitamins for proper body functions.
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