As a mom that’s always on the go, it can be hard to keep up with daily exercise and diet. As we’re all guilty of slipping from our routines here and there, the difficulty comes with making this a habit. And if you’re looking to lose weight, fad diets and quick fixes are more trouble than they’re worth.
However, by following a few simple guidelines, you too can lose weight without much effort at all. Granted, progress will be slow, but the payoff will be a much healthier body for the long-term, knowing you will not gain the weight back. Check them out below:
Cutting Out Sugar
Sugar is going to be one of the quickest ways to staying where you’re at weight-wise, or even worse, gaining a few pounds. While we could list hundreds of studies proving this, as Dr. Juan Gallegos of the University of Utah suggests, when we consume too much sugar or carbs, our liver then processes it into fat as excess energy. In short, if you want to lose weight, stay away from sugar.
Saying Goodbye to Beer
While alcohol alone doesn’t make you fat, doctors have warned there’s a lot of contributing factors beer plays in weight gain. This includes beer’s volume that stretches your stomach, the fact that it’s heavily sugar, as well as how it can potentially slow your metabolism, affecting your caloric intake of other foods.
Eat A Hearty Breakfast
While some doctors debate over the importance of breakfast and how it affects your metabolism, the overall consensus is that eating breakfast is correlated with a healthier lifestyle. After all, this is going to kickstart your metabolism and get your body ready to process food, thus giving you more energy for your daily tasks.
Eat Smaller Portions, More Often
Want to know the secret to eating smaller portions? Buy smaller plates. As noted in a campaign by Cornell University, our perception of how much we’re eating plays a significant role in how much we eat. Plus, the notion of eating smaller portions but more frequently has been noted as a great way of speeding up your metabolic rates as well.
Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals can be a pretty dangerous practice when trying to lose weight. It’s been noted that even when people do skip meals, they most likely end up eating the same amount of calories at the end of the day anyway, thus rendering their dieting method useless. Even more, this practice runs the risk of delaying your metabolic rate, potentially making you at risk for actually gaining weight.
Beware of The Low Fat Myth
As Harvard University notes, there’s a huge myth that foods with fats are going to make us fat. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as low-fat diets often compensate with carbs and sugars, which as we noted above, can make you gain weight significantly.
As a focal point of carbs, grains can make it hard to lose weight. As Dr. Juan Gallegos stated above, excess carbs are processed by your liver into fat, especially with a lack of protein present.
Go For Vegetarian/Vegan Options
Believe it or not, going vegetarian or vegan isn’t always a surefire way of losing weight, but studies have suggested it can help. With vegetarian or vegan foods, the secret is to veer away from processed foods, oils, and other options that lack nutritional value despite their lack of meat.
While I’m not suggesting to replace meals with water, loading up a little bit has provided tremendous benefits for those people working on portion control and weight loss. Additionally, it can be an excellent replacement for any sugary drink as well.
Look Into A Supplement
Supplements like Meratrim can work wonders on your weight loss efforts. Be mindful though that their intention isn’t permanent results, but rather a kick start to getting yourself off the ground. This can be a great system to implement while trying to establish a solid routine.
Take On A Juice Cleanse
A lot of medical professionals agree that juice cleansing can be dangerous, simply because when you go on 3, 10, or even 30 day cleanses, you’re robbing your body of certain nutrients and proteins it needs to survive. Additionally, there’s no evidence that it truly detoxifies your body. Despite these truths, it can help with weight loss in getting you to reduce your caloric intake once or twice a week while keeping a steady diet. Just make sure your juices are well balanced and low in sugar.
Cut Back on Greasy/Fatty Foods
As we stated above, it’s not necessarily fat that makes us fat, but rather sugar. However, a lot of the fattening foods we eat have a lot of other contributing factors to them as well, such as excess carbohydrates (I.E.: french fries), as well as differences in the type of fat you’re consuming (saturated, unsaturated, monounsaturated, and trans fats). Harvard has a great article here that goes more in depth on the types of fat, and which ones to avoid versus taking in.