Losing weight requires you to take action. Don’t postpone it and start today! After the two previous posts about losing weight without a diet here are some more tips.
- One of the easiest ways to become aware of what it is exactly that you eat is starting a food diary. Write down everything you eat and drink. How did you feel after eating? What was the surrounding like when you ate? Did you enjoy the food? Are there external cues driving your eating decisions? How long did it take you to eat? Be as precise as possible!
- Time your meals and make sure they last 20 min. This goes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During that time you don’t watch TV, don’t read the newspaper, no e-mails and no Facebook. Your family and/or friends are allowed. Make meal time’s quality times!
- Cut back on sugar. Sugar is addictive and there is reason to believe that they help feed the obesity epidemic. [Read more]
- Cook at home with fresh and whole products. There is no place better to control what kind of food you eat as at home. When you cook at home for yourself and your family you can control exactly what you eat. Use it as an advantage.
- Celebrate your small goals, but not with food. When you are on the right track towards your goal you should give yourself a treat. You worked hard, so you deserved it. Small goals can be not drinking soda for a week, not admitting to sugar craves for a week, not overeating during a dinner party,… Don’t celebrate with food it gives the wrong signal. You can go buy yourself some flours, go to the movies, … chose something you like to have or like to do.
- Enjoy food as much as you can. When you buy yourself a treat only buy the best and most delicious. You shouldn’t eat treats you only like a little, you should eat treats you LOVE. Eat just a little but enjoy every bite.
- Scout around. Choosing from a big buffet is probably one of the hardest obstacles for someone trying to lose some weight. Before starting filling your plate it’s a good idea to first explore the options.
- Drink less alcohol. Alcoholic drinks are often high in energy. Alcohol is 7kcal/g. cutting back on alcohol or only drink it once in a while can seriously help you balancing your energy balance.
- Pils 330ml is about 150kcal
- Duvel 330ml is about 200kcal
- Glass wine is about 80-150kcal
- Baccardi breezer is about 180kcal
- Glass bailey’s is about 110kcal
- Glass champagne is about 88kcal
- Meditate! It might sound a bit weird, but meditating can also help you lose weight especially when you’re an emotional eater. Emotional eating has a lot to do with stress, so reducing the stress might help you lose weight. Meditating once in a while can help you relax. It might be difficult at first, but when you do it more often you get better in it. I suggest you try it today…
Read more about healthy nutrition in my book “Making Weight & Everything Else”