Making small, specific goals is key to losing weight long-term. Check out some of our favorite, no-fail jump-starts to feeling lighter and of course, getting back to your skinny jeans and skimpy swimsuits.
1. Drink water.
Although it’s a no-brainer, it takes time to build a habit of drinking water. Water can be spruced up a bit with fruit if necessary, but the water is the goal.
2. Keep healthy snacks in easy-to-reach places.
When you’re hungry, you’re more likely to reach for whatever you possibly can in order to fill up. Make sure what’s within reach is a healthy snack that you can feel good about eating.
3. Stock up on herbs.
Be it through a home-grown garden or just containers in a cabinet, make sure to have a healthy supply of herbs and spices available. They add flavor to food without tons of unwanted calories, making bland healthy food feel good to eat.
4. Try new things.
Branch out from the healthy foods you already know you love, and take a chance on new ones you’ve never tried. If you’re lucky, you’ll come out of the experience with a new addition to your diet.
5. Chop high-calorie foods into small pieces.
Chopping foods into tiny pieces mean you expend more effort getting each piece than you would if you could grab the entirety of, say, the cheese block and hold it while you eat it. You’ll have your fill faster if you think you’ve reached for enough.
6. Wear tight clothing.
Our bellies expand while we eat, so wear tighter clothing when eating to help lose weight. You simply stop when your clothes start to feel too tight!
7. Bring home doggie bags.
Bringing home half of your food allows you to not only control yourself in the face of restaurant-sized portions, but also get two meals for the price of one. If your waiter will agree to box half of it before it even reaches your table, even better.
8. Keep your shelves well-stocked.
A huge blow to maintaining a weight loss plan is the sudden discovery of no healthy food in the house. Make sure to stock up on food for the week beforehand to help resist the urge to go out and pick up takeout.
9. Give in to that craving.
In moderation only! Resisting a craving means you’ll likely eat a bunch of unnatural substitutions before ending up at the real thing, while a real piece of chocolate would have been a lot less detrimental on its own. Just don’t go nuts!
10. Set achievable goals and reward yourself.
Help keep yourself motivated by rewarding yourself when you reach a set, reasonable goal. You should stretch them out as they become easier and easier to achieve.
11. Eat when you’re eating.
Don’t multitask while eating. Turn off the television, radio, phone — what have you. Focus only on eating so you feel full and better about what you eat, rather than mindlessly consuming every calorie within reach.
12. Log what you eat before you eat it.
Food logs are a great way to study your diet habits and hold yourself accountable for maintaining a diet. Make sure to write down what you eat, then eat it, or you’ll feel tempted to fudge the ledger. If you feel the need to lie about it, it likely was not a good choice.
13. Look at your body.
Take photos at the beginning of your journey at at major milestones, and study yourself in the mirror in between. Keep yourself motivated by seeing with your own eyes how far you have come and how far you can yet go.
14. Know portion sizes.
Learn how much one serving actually is and stick to it. Measure it out at first to be absolutely certain. Only when you are comfortable with guessing and your own weight should you eyeball it.
15. Make healthy substitutions.
Take that skim milk over whole milk, put that applesauce into that cake. Make as many tiny substitutions as you can in order to improve the foods you already know and love.
16. Bring your lunch.
Skip going out to eat with your coworkers and bring a homemade lunch to work. If you make it yourself, you can control exactly what goes in it and how much you get, allowing you peace of mind in the middle of a hectic day.
Calories out must be greater than calories in. Exercise is a great way to burn more calories and thus speed up weight loss or allow you to eat more and be more comfortable while still losing weight.
18. Keep things simple.
One of the biggest mistakes that many women make which makes them fail to lose weight for good is that they overcomplicate things. With weight loss, often times, simplicity is best.
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