These tips are only little tricks to get you over the hump. The best weight loss strategy is behavioral changes that, over time make big changes. But with every weight loss strategy, there are times when you need that little push, or a tiny trick to get you through the day.
SIP of MILK
I’m starting with my favorite trick. The sip of milk! Don’t laugh but when I decreased my calories significantly, and also hit the gym 5 days a week, I was always hungry. This is the main reason diets fail. HUNGER PAINS! They’re the worst.
Your body doesn’t know it’s trying to lose weight, it thinks it’s starving, (literally) and cranks up that stomach growling. It’s distracting, annoying and frustrating. My cure? Sip of Milk!
I take a shot glass sized slug of milk, a mere 25 calories, and it’s enough to shut up my stomach until you get to your next meal. 25 calories won’t mess up your calorie allowance for the day and you also won’t be starving when you eat our next meal, thereby helping you make a healthy choice.
BRUSHING your TEETH
For me, this helps tremendously at work, where the nurses lounges are filled with delicious snacks. I brush AND floss after breakfast and lunch and even if I see a brownie with walnuts (my favorite!) I don’t wan’t to ruin my fresh breath and have food stuck in my teeth. This works great after dinner too, to prevent those late night munchies.
DON’T MAKE YOURSELF LUNCH
No, I don’t mean skip a meal. I mean when you’re home with your kids and preparing their lunches, don’t prepare anything for yourself. I know so many parents that eat their whole lunch, and then finish off their children’s leftovers. The next thing you know you’ve eaten twice as much as you should have. Make their lunch, clean up the kitchen and when they run off to play, finish their leftovers.
Back in the day, my husband loved barbecuing everything. While not entirely bad, many of the foods were fatty meats: spareribs, chicken wings, sausages, etc. Then he’d make a big pot of mashed potatoes, or white rice. I loved that he cooked dinner every night (it meant that I didn’t have to) but I hated to insult his choice of foods, so instead, I ate very little. 2 chicken wings, or 1 spare rib, or just a tiny thin piece of thin sausage. I skipped the starch and just ate a few raw veggies on the side.
I went to bed shortly after dinner so I wasn’t hungry. If I was, I would just brush my teeth. Honestly though, after eating so little every night for dinner, my stomach got used to it and the hunger pangs disappeared. Plus my breakfasts were pretty large, so I just ate my usual breakfast when I woke up.
No, water is not a magical weight loss potion that will melt fat away like everyone thinks. What it does do, is a couple of things. First, most people don’t realize that they’re really thirsty and not hungry. And second, if you drink enough, it will fill up your stomach.
For example, I eat lunch around 1:30pm every day. Today around noon I started feeling restless, like I wanted to go to lunch early. But then I remembered that I didn’t drink my water on the way to work and one of my 4oz milks I usually drink with breakfast was spoiled, so I only drank a total of 4oz of fluid since dinner the night before! I must have been so dehydrated.
I went to the nourishment kitchen and immediately chugged 4 Cups of water. Within five minutes, I was less cranky and agitated, I wasn’t hungry or thirsty, and my belly actually felt full. Really full. I went back to work and then came down for lunch at 1:30pm without that need to stuff my face with a ton of food. I was refreshed and relaxed.
PRE PORTION FOOD – PLAN AHEAD
This one isn’t ridiculous, but it is a great trick. Planning ahead and packing up the right portion sizes of foods to bring with you to work or for an outing, works like a charm. There’s no chance of over eating something when the portion size is already measured out. And when you bring your food, there’s little chance you’ll dump it and purchase take-out instead.
What’s your favorite tricks? What works best for you? If you give any of these a try, let me know!
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