One problem that most of us face as we get older is the ever increasing waistline phenomenon. I don’t care if you were skinny as a rail when you were in high school, as your age increases, so does your belt size. Whereas once you may have been able to eat anything you wanted, now it seems that every Oreo or piece of pie is visible around your midsection at some point the following day. But, even if you decide to do something about it and trim down, who in the heck knows where to start?
There are so many potions, pills, powders, and exercises gadgets that it leaves many of us…well, sitting on the couch, eating junk food as we watch all the commercials…telling us how easy it is to lose weight.
Forget all the hype though as stripping fat off your body IS possible and in some cases, it may be much easier than you thought. Here are 7 fast diet tips that are easy to follow and will help you take up a strong offensive in your own “battle of the bulge.”
#1 Eat breakfast
Skipping breakfast seems like a great way to lose weight. After all, you are eating less calories, right? NOPE. The best thing to do in the morning is grab a bite to eat so you can get your metabolism kicked into gear. Your body will start burning calories right away. Also, if you DON’T eat in the morning, you are likely to be hungrier and then overeat when you do eventually sit down for a meal.
#2 Plan your meals the night before
When we are in a rush, we shove whatever is available into our mouths, which in turn often turns into fat on your bellies. How many times have you excused yourself for hitting the fast food line because it was lunch time and you were in a rush? Forget that…just pack a little cooler the night before with healthy foods you like. Yogurt, bananas, a sandwich made with whole wheat and lean meat. When you get hungry, you will have healthy foods at your fingertips…you will eat better AND probably save a few bucks as well.
#3 Write down what you eat, BEFORE you eat it
One of the best diet tips in the world is to write down everything you eat, BEFORE you eat it. Keeping a record of everything you eat is good, but if you write it down BEFORE you eat it, chances are, you will eat less and healthier as well. Think about it for once second…we have all indulged ourselves a little too much at one time or another, maybe choking back a piece of pie (or 3) but would you really gorge yourself AFTER you saw it in print? I know if I just wrote down “12 chocolate chip cookies and 32 ounces of milk” I might look at it and then decide on a healthier choice. Believe me, it works.
#4 Water with your meal…ALWAYS
I know, I know, you like to drink soda with THIS food, and milk with THAT food, but if you can make water your drink of choice with EVERY meal, you will consume less calories, and aid digestion in the process. No matter what drink choice you make, if it isn’t water, chances are it’s a bad one. One common misconception is that fruit juice is as good as water…NOT! Fruit juice, whether it’s 100% juice or not, contains TONS of sugar and calories. If you are trying to lose weight, it is best to limit juice big time as well.
#5 Eat plenty of fiber
Most of us need more fiber in our diets in general, but if you are trying to lose fat, this is even more crucial. Fiber helps you feel full more quickly. It doesn’t digest either, so it doesn’t add any calories to your diet and as it moves through your digestive system, it takes along with it fat and cholesterol. Add fiber, feel full, lose weight…it works.
#6 Turn your plate into a rainbow
The easiest tip for eating healthier and therefore losing weight is probably the rainbow principle. The goal here is to choose as many colorful foods as possible. OK, I am not talking about eating a bowl of fruit loops and calling it a day, I am talking about foods that are colorful naturally. These include greens such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach and orange carrots and red tomatoes, etc. Aim for a variety of colors with each meal and make the colorful ones that LARGEST portion. Since meat is basically brown, it doesn’t count. Colorful foods are healthy and low in calories. Now, go create a rainbow and lose some fat!
#7 Skip the sugar, pile on the protein
Finally, if you are looking to say bye bye to the belly, try to reduce sugar intake wherever you can. You like coffee? Drink it black. If you don’t like it black, you don’t like coffee…you like sugar. Try making sugar free desserts (TONS of recipes online). Also, try to limit your intake of white flour and white rice; these also don’t do you any favors.
Instead, try to focus on the rainbow principle above along with eating portions of high quality protein. Protein digests more slowly than carbohydrates and will help you feel full more quickly. In addition, protein will help you build more muscle if you are working out and muscle burns fat, so grab a lean steak and then do some push-ups!
The above tips may take a little getting used to. After all, we each get into our own routines and it is so much easier to keep doing what we have been doing than it is to try something new, but if you are REALLY serious about getting rid of some fat, the above 7 tips will help you do it. Forget saying “someday” and just bite the bullet and make these tips your NEW routine. You will be thinner and healthier in no time at all.