Trying to lose weight can be frustrating when you’re just starting out. When making any healthy change to your lifestyle, remember that your meals don’t have to be completely different or without flavor and that exercise is fun. Your main obstacle is going to be yourself. That your healthy diet change is a lifestyle change – no going back. Here are 50 healthy ways to lose weight all separated into four nifty, easy to remember categories.
1. Nourish your body.
Counting calories can lead to a diet free of fats, sugars, and nutrients. Fat and natural sugars found in foods such as fruit and vegetables are vital for bodily function. Eat foods you know to be good for you like lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fats.
2. Eat your vegetables.
Not only will veggies make you feel super full without all the extra calories, but they are packed with essential nutrients. This is a classic example of how to make your calories count. Try these recipes for ways to eat more veggies.
4. Replace unhealthy food with healthier versions.
A snack does not have to be “snack food,” but it could be your favorite fruit or vegetable with a healthy and delicious dip. Find healthy foods you love and add them into your diet so it does not seem like you are cutting out all the best foods.
5. Have cleaned and cut fruits and vegetables ready to go in your fridge.
Most of the time, a snack is a ready-to-go item good for a quick munch. There is no time to be cleaning your fruit or cutting up a carrot. Make sure you have no excuse and prepare your healthy snacks in advance.
6. Lose your water weight.
This quick and significant loss is going to boost your confidence and give you a good start to your diet. Add foods like broccoli, cucumber, and spinach to your snack routine to help you lose that retained water that is making your bloat.
7. Say goodbye to processed foods.
Know what you are putting into your body. Treat it like a temple and do not profane it with chemicals. If you cannot pronounce it, put it back.
8. Cut out the artificial sweeteners.
Unless you have a medical condition prohibiting real sugar, go for the real deal, such as coconut palm sugar, stevia, honey or any of these all-natural unrefined sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners do not work. Your body knows it is not getting the sugar it requires, and it will crave the real thing. Use of the artificial will only increase your craving.
9. Fiber! Fiber! Fiber!
Make sure the foods you eat are giving you your required serving of fiber. Though it is not a miracle weight-loss substance, the fiber you obtain from healthy foods will make you feel fuller faster, thus decreasing your appetite and increasing your weight-loss ability.
10. Eat spicy, flavorful foods.
It just sounds right that hot foods will help burn calories and jump-start your metabolism, but flavorful foods have another trick up their sleeves. The stronger the flavor, the faster the signal telling the brain that your are, indeed, eating a meal. Eat delicious foods and let your brain in on the action sooner!