Surprised? Yes, it is indeed possible to lose weight the healthy way. Add fast to the equation and this makes it a very promising situation. Weight loss need not be difficult and tedious. All you need is a commitment to follow these tips. You will be surprised at how effective these simple ways can be.
1. Take the stairs
Lose a few pounds by taking the stairs continuously for a week or two. You will also improve your heart condition when you take the stairs instead of the elevator.
2. Park a block or two away
Stop circling the block trying to spot parking that is closest to your destination. Park further away and walk! A brisk walk will do you good and help you lose some of those extra weight.
3. Keep a food diary
Write down what you have eaten for the day. This will help you identify the foods you are eating a lot of but not helping you shed off those pounds. The diary will also help you note down which healthy foods are not included in your diet.
4. Stay away from the middle aisle
The middle aisles in the grocery store display the processed foods which are packed with calories and fats. Stay along the perimeter where fresh produce, whole grains and lean sources of protein (fish and nuts) are displayed.
5. Eat fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients without the calories. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to keep your body healthy. Snack on fruits instead of high-calorie cookies and chocolate bars. Vegetables are rich in fiber that makes you feel fuller for a longer time and prevent you from eating between meals.
6. Choose the good fats
Choose foods that contain unsaturated fats. Fish and chicken (without skin) are excellent sources of protein without the saturated fats usually associated with other cuts of meat. Avoid butter, shortening, commercially processed foods and baked products that usually contain high amounts of bad fats.
7. Use Argan oil in your dishes
Argan oil is considered as one of the good fats. This oil is packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that can help lower bad cholesterol. Argan oil contains high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids which is good for weight loss. Mix the oil with lemon juice for a quick salad dressing. You can also use this oil in stir-fried and grilled dishes.
8. Eat at home
Restaurant meals are packed with calories and fats. In addition, meals are served in large portions that counter your good intentions. Meals cooked at home are more nutritious because you can control the ingredients you use. Reduce salt and MSG when you cook your own meals.
9. Drink water
Drink a glass of water before you start your meal. Try drinking water at least 10 – 15 minutes before eating to take the edge of your hunger.
These fast and easy weight loss tips can help you shed some of that extra weight you are carrying. Stop making excuses and start now.