For all the talk about diets and exercising and counting calories, there are a number of simple weight loss strategies that, while they may seem inconsequential, really add up in terms of pounds shed.
From switching away from sugary drinks to increasing the number of vegetables on your plate, the first steps to weight loss can take place with just a few simple lifestyle changes.
Say No to Soda
Soft drinks are full of empty calories. One 12-ounce can of soda has about 150 calories in it. If you have a soda with lunch and dinner, and another one or two during the afternoon or evening hours, then you'll have consumed more than 500 calories!
A small change in your routine can help jump start your weight loss. You don't even need to feel like you're depriving yourself by drinking juice or water instead; just stop drinking full-calorie soft drinks and start drinking diet soft drinks instead.
It may take a little getting used to, but the taste is close enough that saying no to soda as part of your weight loss strategy is a relatively simple thing to do.
Say Yes to Vegetables
Another simple step to jump start your weight loss is to increase your consumption of vegetables. You can continue to make the same meals you always have. All you need to do is adjust your portion sizes.
Instead of mostly meatloaf and potatoes with some corn, serve greater portions of corn, substitute a salad, and choose a small portion of meatloaf.
A typical serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards; in reality, most people probably serve themselves portions much larger than that. You don't have to feel like you're depriving yourself by stressing about eating less, just make different choices.
Switch to fat free half and half
If you're one of the millions of people who can't live without their morning coffee, but can't drink it black either, then your half and half may not be helping your weight loss. Just one tablespoonful of half and half has 20 calories. Okay, you think, not too bad. Yeah, until you add it up.
Figure you use at least two or three tablespoons of half and half in your coffee. Now multiply that by the number of cups of coffee you have in a day. You could be consuming an extra one hundred calories a day or more, easily.
Rather than skip the half and half altogether, switch your usual creamer with one of the fat free half and half brands.
These make excellent substitutes. You'll get the benefit of lightening your coffee and cut calories too, making your weight loss more significant. Fat-free half and half often has ten calories or less per tablespoon.
That's a easy way to cut your calories from half and half in half, without sacrificing a good cup of coffee; keep your routine, just modify it, and watch your weight loss continue. When you begin thinking about the small changes you can make in your diet, you can have a big impact on your overall weight loss.
With little things like skipping the full calorie soda and going for the diet cola, balancing your meals with more vegetables and less meats and starches, and foregoing regular half and half for the fat-free version, you can make little changes that will result in big weight loss accomplishments.