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7 Easy Tips to Lose Weight and Feel Amazing
Rearrange Your Calorie Load for Great Digestion and Maximum Burn
Use your own natural metabolic function to your advantage to lose weight and promote healthier digestion. Reduce calorie intake throughout the day by eating your largest meal for breakfast and smallest meal for dinner. It makes sense to eat the most when your metabolism is the highest (in the morning) and to eat the least and more easily digestible foods when your metabolism is slowing down (at night). Cooked foods like soup (also mentioned in #5) or stir fry are great because they are full of cooked vegetables (no cream or cheese based soup).
Practicing calorie rearranging paired with chewing more are easy additions to your healthy living repertoire and will benefit you with increased digestive health and looser pants!
Moderation Not Deprivation
Portion out a serving of everything you eat. If there is no label, like for meat, poultry, or fish, then use a 4-ounce portion (or about the size of your palm). Once you measure out your portion, put away the item. For example, if you want a serving of potato chips and have a family size bag or a big bowl, count out the number of chips in a serving and put the bag away or move away from the chip bowl.
Have whatever food you want, just portion out the correct serving size. Who knows, maybe we will decide that some foods are just not worth the serving size/calorie ratio. Make an exception for vegetables and eat a ton of them!
Eat to Promote Healing
If you have had a hard work out, surgery or you need to heel from an injury, check out the following list of foods that can help your body repair.
- Almonds: High in Vitamin E which helps with wound healing
- Beans: High in iron which helps create new blood cells
- Poultry and lean meat: Important to repair muscle tissue
- Citrus fruits: Vitamin C helps to repair collagen and soft tissues
- Water: Helps lessen nausea, fatigue, and light headedness
- Mushrooms: High in vitamin D which promotes bone healing
- Seafood: Has important Zinc
- Sweet potatoes: Vitamin A for cell growth and immune system.
- Whole grains (not multi-grain): Keeps the bowels moving (with plenty of water).
Eat Vegetables with Every Meal
Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals. They also volumize any meal and help you to feel really full and, perhaps, eat less and lose weight. If you are at a party or a restaurant and you want to eat something you know is low on the health meter, sandwich that food between vegetables. Not literally, of course. Have some veggies before you eat it (like broccoli and cauliflower from the vegetable tray) and then eat some veggies after.
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Have Soup Before or As a Meal
I am a soup pusher. I really think soup could be the best dinner available. It has great volume, it is cooked (cooked food is good for nighttime digestion), it is easy to have in the fridge, and it is easy to order in a restaurant eating it really helps you to lose weight.
If you don’t want to eat soup for dinner, have a cup or bowl of broth- or tomato-based soup before dinner. This serves to fill you up, too, and it encourages eating slowly. Make sure the soup is nutritious like a hearty minestrone, vegetable with lentils and beans, or chicken vegetable. Stay away from cream-or cheese-based soups.
Drink a Lot of Water
This is my all time go-to very favorite tip. Water hydrates. Water helps to flush out extra sodium. Water helps us to feel full. Water aids in digestion. Water, water, water! Drink water!
Exercise Every Day
Don’t groan. Exercise can’t fix a bad diet, but it certainly helps you to lose weight. Find some body weight exercises online, or check out Exercise TV. If all else fails, walk in 3 speedy 10-minute intervals during the day. You will be happy that you did!