Your road to weight loss doesn’t have to be extreme. In fact, sometimes it’s easier to start off with gradual changes…that way you get used to creating healthy habits and you’re more likely to stick with them.
Here are some easy things you can do to lose weight without spending tons of money or crash dieting:
1. Drink Water.
Most of us skimp out on our daily dose of H20, but if you drink a glass or two before your meal, you’ll not only be hydrated but also less likely to overeat at mealtime. Subbing out water for afternoon snacks is also a great way to lose weight.
2. Make it a point to walk more. MOVE. YOUR. BODY.
There are countless ways you can get more physical activity into your day. Stand up and take a lap around the office. Go for an early morning walk to wake up your body. Go for a stroll during lunch. If you’re going to the store, park at the end of the parking lot so you have to walk further.
Get inventive and find ways to be active every day, then you can start increasing that into working out.
3. Don’t starve yourself, instead, add healthy foods.
It might be tempting to try and drastically cut down your food for extreme weight loss, but that’s not healthy and it won’t sustain you. Instead, try subbing in healthy foods during your meals. So instead of fries, order a salad. If you’re eating pasta for dinner, add in vegetables. Eat fruit for breakfast instead of cereal.
By subbing in healthy foods, you’re still keeping your metabolism going and feeling fulfilled while losing weight.
4. Work out during TV time.
This one requires a little more effort, but it’s a good motivator. If you’re used to TV time in the evenings or morning, work out while you’re watching. You can make a deal with yourself and use the screen time as a reward.
“Okay, so I can watch my show tonight as long as I am active during the show.”
You don’t have to lift weights and do crunches, just keep yourself moving around for 10 minutes, take a break, and then repeat. Dance, jog in place, do whatever you want to do to keep your body in motion.
5. Picture your weight loss goal.
Imagining yourself at your weight loss goal every morning is a good way to keep you motivated and eating healthy every day. It sounds simple, and it is, but it’s very effective too.