5 Tips for Successful Weight Loss
We’ve said it a thousand times before and we’ll say it more than a thousand times again: weight loss isn’t easy and it will take time, both to see the results you want and to build healthier habits so that you don’t fall off the wagon or regress by putting all the weight you lost right back on. While you will need to put in the work to be in a calorie deficit, eat nutritious foods, exercise, and take advantage of our weight loss treatments, by following a few easy tips, you can set yourself up for success when it comes to your weight loss goals. To simplify the weight loss process and help you cut some cravings, we’ve compiled 5 easy tips to follow that will help you ease hunger pains and lose a few inches off of your waistline.
Drink water, a lot of it Everyone tells you to drink water and they’re right to do so. Our bodies need water and hydration to survive, but it also aids in weight loss. Until we hit extreme levels of thirst, there really isn’t a receptor in our brains that fires off when we need water. More often than not, we actually think we’re hungry. Some studies state that roughly 80% of the time we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. You should drink a glass of cold water when you think you’re hungry and then wait 20 minutes. If you’re still hungry after that, then you should have a snack. More than likely, you won’t feel hungry. Additionally, you should have a glass of water before eating dinner to stop yourself from overeating.
Drink tea or coffee when hungry In addition to having water when you think you’re hungry, having tea or coffee can help you slim down as well. Hot beverages suppress your metabolism and can help curb cravings for some time. Coffee, thanks to its caffeine, is particularly effective at suppressing your appetite and is recommended when hungry to hold off until your next scheduled meal. There are plenty of herbal teas out there that can replace unhealthy snacks, so go out and try a few until you find the ones you like!
Cut sugar Sugar hides in just about every processed food you find. Ever look at the nutritional info for bread? It creates a vicious cycle and feedback loop of having too much sugar, craving sugar, eating sugar, only to crave it again. By reducing your daily sugar intake, you actually minimize the craving for sugar, making it a positive feedback loop instead of a negative one.
Weigh your food Just because you’re eating healthier foods doesn’t mean you’re eating them in the right quantities. A simple plate of chicken, veggies, and rice can vary between 500-900 calories depending on how you portion it all out. In order to get an accurate reading of your calories, it’s best to weigh your foods and track them accordingly.
Find the right meal plan While yes, as long as you’re in a calorie deficit you will lose weight, not all meal plans are one-size-fits-all. You need to find the right plan filled with the right foods to provide you with the vitamins and macros your body needs and will help you lose weight effectively. That’s where we come in. Call us today to set up your consultation so we can construct your personalized meal plan to kickstart your weight loss. Follow these 5 tips and you’ll be set for success!