Eat more often. How great would it be if you could lose weight by just eating more often? If you do it right, it could work. Eating more often (smaller meals with snacks in between) keeps us full and away from unhealthy cravings, prevents the binge, helps us feel satisfied, and may even lead to benefits like a reduction in cholesterol. As long as you’re eating healthy, of course!
- This is only effective if you’re not eating more. Make sure that if you start snacking, your actual meals become a bit smaller. Your general caloric intake should remain the same, if not a bit lower.
Plan your meals. One of the simplest ways to stay on your dieting regimen is to plan out what you’re going to eat through the course of the week. You go to the grocery store and buy everything on your list (for your healthy meals), and there are no surprises because you’re sticking to your plan. Tempted to order pizza? Nope – you know you have that salmon in the fridge just waiting to be eaten.
- This helps you stay at home, too. Going out to restaurants is a huge culprit in the obesity epidemic. Portions are huge, calorie counts are huge, there’s added sugars and salts, and it’s too easy to go overboard without realizing it. When you cook at home, you control every calorie that goes into your dishes.
Watch your portions. Another easy trick to losing weight doesn’t even deal with things you can’t eat. In fact, nothing is off limits. All you have to do is watch your portions. A few bites of that chocolate cake is okay, but the whole slice? Nope, you’ll pass. You got your fix. Talk about will power!
- To keep on the portion train, aim to eat half of your meal and box the rest up for leftovers. If you get hungry, you can eat it – or you can save it for tomorrow. It’s easy on your budget, too.
Don’t eat after a certain time at night. How many times have you been guilty of staying up late, having an extra drink, or snacking the night away without even really thinking about it? Most of us have and it’s a regular habit. However, if your dieting plan is to “not eat after 8 pm” that cuts out a lot of potential eating. You eat whatever you want throughout the day, but you cut yourself off. That could be thousands of calories you’re missing out on, and some serious weight lost.
- The main struggle with this aspect of dieting is that it gets difficult socially. You want to go out and drink and eat and have a good time, but it’s hard with a glass of water in front of you. This comes down to your will power. If you can’t do it, try to come up with a compromise. Allow yourself diet soda or tea and veggies after hours, for example. That way you don’t feel as excluded when you’re out with friends.