A smile. A hug. A child who reaches for your hand. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most—and it’s no different with weight loss. You can take positive steps toward living a more slimming lifestyle with small tweaks. Start with these 5 tiny changes that will help you lose weight and keep it off for good.
1. Eat veggies at every meal.
Yeah, we know vegetables aren’t on the menu all the time, especially at breakfast. However, veggies can be your weight loss saviors. They’re low in calories and high in fiber, making them natural choices for whittling down that waistline. Here’s how to add more veggies to the menu:
- Blend up breakfast or snack smoothies, such as Kale & Orange Smoothie.
- Eat a salad before lunch or dinner. Try Flush the Fat Away Detox Salad.
- Add delish vegetarian meals, like Eggplant Lasagna, to your menu.
- Munch on sliced veggies as you prepare meals.
2. Get to know portion sizes.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and keep it off, it might be time to check out your portion sizes. It’s super easy to overeat, especially when you live a busy lifestyle filled with family, friends, and work. Measuring out portion sizes is one of those tiny weight loss tips that can keep you on the right track if you really stick to it. It takes next-to-no time to grab a measuring cup when it’s time to serve a meal—but it will make a big difference in your calorie count in the long run. Get started with 7-Day Portion Control Menu.
3. Brown bag your lunch.
Save your waist, hips, thighs, upper arms, and more from thousands of calories every year by packing lunch. Commit right now to cutting lunchtime takeout in half; if you normally nosh out four times a week, cut it down to two. Eating healthy homemade lunches will reduce fat, calories, sodium, refined sugar, and more. Go homemade with 21 Lunches to Help You Lose Weight or make DIY Skinny Salad-in-a-Jar your go-to recipe.
4. Plan to eat two healthy snacks every day.
That same busy lifestyle that sabotages portion sizes can do a number on how often you eat too. If you go long stretches without food, blood sugar levels drop, which makes you more vulnerable to overeating at meals or reaching for not-so-good-for-you snacks. Dig into 6 Metabolism-Boosting Snacks and 21 Clean Snacks in Under 5 Minutes.
5. Don’t drink your fruit.
This is one of the most overlooked weight loss tips. Downing that big glass of orange juice may not be doing your body any favors. Processed fruit juices are notoriously high in calories and added sugar. What’s more, it’s common to over-pour serving sizes, so you may be drinking way more calories than you think. Trade in that big glass of processed OJ for a whole orange, and swap out that apple juice for a whole apple. Pair your favorite fruits with a serving of 3-Ingredient Almond Butter Yogurt Dip. If you do drink fruit juice, look for unsweetened varieties and stick to one serving size.
So in conclusion, don’t let your weight loss journey stress you out. Take baby steps and work on one small change at a time. These 5 tiny changes that will help you lose weight and keep it off can make weight loss easier than you think.
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