The term “weight loss” is often associated with terms like “calorie restriction” or “diet.” BUT what if you could suddenly associate weight loss with positives like “success” or “accomplished?” Weight-loss really is a mental game that you can dominate. Weight loss is all about your approach and perspective. One of the best ways to be successful with weight loss is by starting small. Use the results from your small steps to build big results. Below I have mapped out 5 simple techniques to follow that can contribute greatly to your weight loss without any drastic changes to your diet.
Many of us see a large plate of food with no other intention than to empty it’s contents into our stomachs. Instead of loading up a huge restaurant size plate for your meals, use a bread plate, salad bowl or cup. This might sound or look odd to others, but it is a great way to lower your calorie intake and trick your mind into thinking you are eating a full helping.
Sure everyone knows water is essential for healthy living, but it can also aid in weight loss. Simply drink two full glasses (not cups) of water with every meal. Some drink both glasses before starting to eat; others drink one before and one after eating to split it up. Regardless of which you choose, drinking water with your meal will surely eliminate any extra space in your stomach and have you feeling fuller, faster.
*For an alkalizing effect add a whole squeezed lemon to your water.
Speed up Your Metabolism
Most eaters are hell bent on eating to their stomach’s capacity, which is great for the ego but counterproductive to weight loss. Stopping with half a plate of food left will do wonders for your metabolism and subsequently your weight-loss. I’m not saying throw-out half your meal, just eat half and save the rest for later. Not only will this spread out your daily caloric intake, but you may also find your appetite more contented than you originally intended.
Add More Color
People often talk about how much they hate vegetables; however, most have at least one that they can stand putting in their mouth. Figure out what that vegetable is and fill your plate with it. The only responsible way to load up your plate is with greens. They add great nutrition and much needed color to an ordinarily boring meal.
Turn Off the Tube
So many of us pride ourselves on multi-tasking, but studies have shown that incomplete tasks and negligence often are the result. So, put down the paper, turn off the TV and focus on your meal. When you sit down (not stand) to eat, give all of your attention to your food and savor it, this way you are more accountable for what you are putting in your body and you get to enjoy it more fully.