We tend to eat more when we eat on bigger plates and use bigger bowls. When we see our food on a bigger plate, our mind tells us that we are eating a small portion. Thinking we are not eating enough, we usually get up for a second plate. Try using a smaller plate; this will force you to put less food on your plate, and trick your mind into thinking you ate more food.
Green tea has very powerful effects on the body. It contains nutrients and antioxidants that help your body function. One of the main powers of green tea is that is aids in fat loss. It is proven, green tea boosts your metabolic rate which in turn increases the amount of fat you are burning. *Tip: Start your morning with a cup of green tea and get your metabolism revved up for the day.
Planning and preparing your meals ahead of time is a great way to make sure you are eating healthy and sticking with your diet. Take 30 minutes a week to plan your meals. Write down your meal plans then prepare them daily. Planning and preparing your meals helps you save money, save time and reduce stress.
It is extremely important to have a positive attitude when trying to lose weight. Get excited for that morning gym session and don’t let yourself get down if you are not seeing results right away. Results take time; always remember that every time you work out you are one step closer to achieving your goals. Don’t give up!
Fiber has numerous health benefits. But when it comes to weight loss, eating fiber increases the feeling of fullness. Some foods that contain fiber include apples, green beans, strawberries, chickpeas, black beans, brown rice, oatmeal and avocado.
It’s important to stay hydrated! Drinking water helps relieve your body of toxins. Drinking water before a meal will help you feel fuller faster. *Tip: Get in the routine of drinking warm lemon water every morning. Lemon water helps your body eliminate waste products while aiding in the body’s digestive system. It detoxes your body, rejuvenates you skin, boosts your mood, cleanses your liver, and helps relieves heart burn.
Listen to music while you work out! Why? Music is a great distraction. As you are focusing on the music you are less focused on the pain you may be enduring during your exercise. Music puts you in a good mind frame and increases the intensity of your workout. *Bonus: The beat of the song can help keep you at a good pace.
Skip the take out and the sit down restaurants, just cook at home. I understand, some days we just don’t have time, but don’t be discouraged, there are quick and easy meals you can throw together. Cooking at home allows you to control what you are eating. Cook with your own ingredients, adding low calorie options, less sodium and more vegetables.
Have you been working hard at the gym? Finally seeing results? Stay away from salt. Salt tends to cause bloating, enhance the taste of foods (making you eat more), make you thirsty, and can increase the size of your fat cells (SHAPE). Reduce your salt intake by eating fresh meat instead of packaged meat. Also, try comparing different brands of the same food so you can find the one with the least amount of sodium.
Now that you have made your workout goals, it’s time to hit the gym. Let a personal trainer help get you started. They will provide you with a professional perspective; you can ask them any health and fitness questions. Your personal trainer will motivate you, keep you encouraged, give you tips on preventing injury, and help you track your progress.