Ads and commercials for various weight loss plans are all around us on TV and the Internet. However, weight loss doesn't have to be difficult and you don't have to buy any special program or product to achieve it. Here are some simple tips to help you drop some pounds quickly:
Cook Your Own Food
The quality of your food is of paramount importance. You want to be sure that you're only eating the finest ingredients. If you eat out, even at "fancy" places, you never know what goes into your food. Are they really using the best oils or low calorie sauces?
When you cook at home you know what goes into your dishes and weight loss becomes easier.
Eat From Small Plates
It's not just about what you eat, but by how much of it too. One way to reduce the amount of food that you eat is to use smaller plates.
The reason why this works is that we tend to judge the amount of food we eat by the space it takes on our plate. The bigger the plate, the more food we can place on it and the more we eat. So, use small plates and you will easily cut your portion size down.
Sleep Enough Hours
Research has shown that sleep is crucial for weight loss. The first reason is that if you sleep too little your hunger increases the day after. You will likely eat too much to lose weight.
The second reason is that lack of sleep makes you less active and energetic. You simply burn fewer calories through exercise or natural activity. Makes sense, right?
Take a Walk Each Evening
Being active is crucial to losing weight. The easiest way to do so, and one which doesn't require expensive gym membership fees, is to take an evening walk each evening.
If you walk briskly for 30 - 45 minutes, you will burn calories, increase your metabolism, and lose weight much faster.
Take Time To Calm Down
Stress has many adverse health effects. One of them is that it may make you gain weight. Stress leads to emotional hunger so you will likely eat too much. This is why I recommend taking a few moments each day for meditation or yoga. Anything to help you feel calmer will help you control your eating and lose weight.
This tip was contributed by Jonathan Dunsky who blogs at World of Diets, a blog about health and fitness.