If you’re like me, spending half of your Sunday cooking, weighing and measuring your food for the week may be ‘ideal’ when you’re trying to lose fat; but it also may not be feasible. And the bottom line is that the fat loss diet that you can actually follow is the one that will be the most effective for you. Here are five ‘real life’ diet tips that you can start putting into practice today that aren’t all that hard to do – and that will make a real difference in your fat loss efforts:
1. Keep healthy snacks around
Stock your house with good stuff, not junk. It sounds simple, but if you have fruits, veggies, raw nuts, and cottage cheese ready to go for healthy snacking around the house, you have a lot better chance of making a good choice then if you have cookies and chips in the cupboard.
2. Split your meals in half when you eat out
Restaurant portions are almost always way more than you need; split your meal with someone else or take half home for later . You’ll save some calories and a few bucks at the same time.
3. Think before you eat
Don’t eat standing up or while you’re on the run. Mindless eating is one of the worst – and easiest – ways to end up consuming too many calories. Sit down and focus when you eat – you might be surprised at the difference this simple tip makes.
4. Drink lots of water
One thing that drinking lots of water does is keeps you feeling fuller when you’re dieting. A good guideline to start with is half of your body weight in ounces of water every day.
5. Move more
It sounds simple, but taking opportunities to move more during the day can add up. Park your car at the end of the parking lot when you go to the grocery store; take the stairs instead of the elevator at work; go for a 15 minute walk during your lunch break. An extra 250 calories burned every day adds up to an extra pound of fat loss every two weeks.
Keeping healthy snacks around, splitting your meals when you eat out, thinking before you eat, drinking lots of water, and simply moving more are five ways you can start accelerating your fat loss efforts today!
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