You know it is always easy to pack on the pounds and YES, even fun at times! However, taking them off is a major challenge that isn’t painless at any time, until now. I am going to share with you 12 easy tips to drop those love handles once and for all!
Do you know that 3500 calories equals 1 lb. of fat? Well, if you want to lose 1 lb. of fat you need to find a way to cut out 3500 calories. Let’s break it down over 7 days. If you cut out 500 calories a day, you would lose a pound a week. Amazing! However, you don’t have to reduce your food intake by 500 calories every day and here is why!
Walking briskly for 30 – 45 minutes can burn as much as 250 or more of those calories. So, just by combining activity with sensible eating habits works also. I know a pound doesn’t sound very significant, but if you visualize differently, it might surprise you that one pound of fat is equal to four sticks of butter. So, if you lose five pounds of fat, you have lost the equivalent of 20 sticks of butter or a 5 pound bag of sugar. And that is significant!
Here are 12 painless tips to shed those unwanted pounds:
1. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes you may experience a craving and it simply may be, your body needs hydration and not food. Being sufficiently hydrated makes you feel full so be sure to drink a glass of water before each meal.
2. Eat your salad first. This will fill you up on fewer calories and you will eat less of the higher calorie foods. Always have your dressing put on the side so that you can dip your fork in the dressing rather than adding it to your salad.
3. Buy individual snacks. This will keep you from eating those monster size bags of chips or cookies. Having a snack program is vital to succeeding.
4. Get in the Game! Get up and get moving. If the phone rings, get up and pace the floor while you talk. This burns more calories than just sitting. Even standing up will burn more calories than sitting.
5. Beware of empty calories! Opt for water instead of soda or coffee. If you must have coffee, leave out the cream and sugar. Many of the designer coffees have calories that are equivalent to a whole meal!
6. Keep a journal of your exercise. This allows you to see the results on paper as well as seeing the results on your waistline. Activity is the third leg of your weight loss plan.
7. Create a vision board. Select pictures that keep you focused on your ideal weight loss goal. Post a photo of a trim and fit person that you would like to look like. Take a photo of a pair of skinny jeans you want to wear and post it!
8. Ah Yes… Get rest! Getting enough sleep is so important not only for your overall well-being but it is also important in balancing out your weight. When you don’t get enough sleep your body produces the stress hormone cortisol. This directly affects weight gain and your appetite.
9. Stay clear of white processed foods! Foods such as white rice, bread and pasta are converted to sugar very quickly in the body! Since it doesn’t take much energy to break these foods down, the body ends up storing them as fat.
10. Release your inner child! Take time to play! Break into a dance, play tag with your children or tell a favorite joke. You can burn as much as 400 calories by laughing and moving around! It might not feel like exercise, but guess what… you are moving and burning calories!
11. Most importantly! Eat BREAKFAST. Think about the word BREAKFAST. It means to break a fast. You don’t eat while you sleep unless you have been sleep-walking. Your body needs fuel after 8 hours of sleep and this is why you hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Your brain and body need proper fuel to function. Your body has a set-point that you don’t want to go below because it will go into starvation mode and begin to burn muscle rather than your fat stores. Conditioned muscle burns fat, so you want to maintain your muscle tissue.
12. Mental Imagery. Every day take some time to imagine the ideal you. Yes, a thinner, fitter and healthier you. When you use mental imagery, you give the message to your subconscious mind to begin creating new neuro-pathways in your brain to keep you focused on your goal.