Diet has become one of the 4-letter words that are uttered in silence and met with incredulous looks. The term has been given a bad reputation and has become synonymous with fad supplements, yo-yo systems that just don’t work and unrealistic
Instead of dieting, lose weight by changing your lifestyle. Through small changes you will lose weight gradually and best of all, the weight will stay off. Lifestyle changes are sustainable and healthy – often impacting more than just the patients weight. Read on to discover the secret to losing weight without dieting.
Buy New Plates
Take a look at your plates in your cupboard. Chances are that they are too big. Most people fill their dinner plates up at dinner and take pride in only going back for one serving, however, a single dinner plate can hold much more food than the average person needs.
The next time you sit down for dinner, try serving yourself on a smaller plate. You can either buy new plates that are smaller or use a salad plate from your existing set. Either way, you’ll have less plate space to fill and that will automatically create smaller portion sizes. If you’re dining out at a restaurant, you can ask for a 2nd plate and just put half of your meal on it before you begin. Take the half you discard home for dinner the next night.
Change The Way You Shop
Think about your grocery shopping routine. Do you spend the majority of your budget in the aisles or around the exterior of the store? Are you one of the people that have to go down every aisle or do you just jut down a few aisle for what you need? If you do more than half of your shopping in the center aisles, you’re probably buying packaged convenience foods that are full of sodium and preservatives.
How To Shop
Rather than shopping for food that is convenient, try challenging yourself to only shop in the perimeter of the store. This will limit you to dairy, produce, fresh meats and fresh fish. You can jog in for staples like pasta, rice and oil, but items like gravy, vegetables and salad dressing you can make yourself for a lot less money and a lot less calories. Once you change the way you shop you’ll notice a change in the way you feel as well. If you’re thinking you rely on convenience foods because of your hectic schedule, try setting aside a few hours each weekend to prepare meals ahead of time that you can simply reheat throughout the week. Crock pot meals, casseroles and soups are all great make-ahead meals that will keep you from eating out or picking a frozen entree.
Just changing what and how you eat will help you lose unwanted weight. These small changes will add up to significant calorie savings, which in turn will help you shed the pounds without ever uttering the dreaded “d” word.