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Tips for a Healthy Weight!

By February 15, 2013Health & Fitness, Home

Regular physical exercise as well as a healthy diet are a big part of losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight.

Have you been trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy weight and things don’t seem to be going according to plan, despite your best efforts?

You could be sabotaging yourself without even knowing it.

I have some tips that are sure to help you cut out exrta calories where they aren’t needed and ultimately help you get to and maintain a healthy weight.

There’s a catch though. You actually have to DO these tips listed below for them to work. How many times do we listen to someones advice and say “Yeah, Yeah I know..” or “Hey, that’s a great idea!” and then never actually do a thing or make any changes to improve.

Pick 1 or 2 things on this list and work on them, then once they become habit, and a regular part of your daily life, add 2 more. Some you may already know, some maybe not. Ready?

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Here they are:

  • Choose wheat instead of white. ALWAYS
  • Use Apple Butter in place of Jelly or Jam (much less sugar & calories, but make sure its just plain apples in the ingredient list, NO added sugar or corn syrup)
  • Watch your condiment intake. The calories add up VERY quickly. Don’t overdo it.
  • Replace your cups, bowls, plates, forks, & spoons with smaller versions. Smaller plates, cups, & bowls hold less food so it automatically decreases the size of your portions. Smaller forks and spoons make you eat slower (more time to feel full/less likely to overeat)
  • Drink a glass of water before you eat. The water will take up space in your
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    stomach which leaves less room for food. You feel fuller faster. Staying hydrated will also curb your cravings. (It’s True!!)

  • Get more sleep! Sleep deprivation makes you crave sugar and other junk.
  • Never eat directly out of a box or bag of food unless it is already a single serving. Otherwise you can end up not paying attention and eating way more than 1 serving
  • Lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber help you feel full & satiated. Add them to your diet.
  • Take a look at the nutrition facts label. We often consume foods that are in 1 package but are actually meant to be 2 servings. You may think that bag of chips you ate was only 140 calories but it was actually a 2-Serving bag of 280 calories.
  • Cut back on the juice or cut it out altogether. You don’t need it. Occasionally is
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    © Imyme | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos

    fine, but regularly consuming 2 or 3 glasses of juice a day, those calories ADD UP FAST. And be sure to watch your serving size.

  • Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. You’ll end up leaving with the entire store in your shopping cart.
  • Choose fresh food over processed food as often as possible.

Happy Friday! 🙂

– Letisha

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