As you embark on your journey to lose weight, the heavier that you are, the easier it is to lose the initial excess weight. However, as you continue with your weight loss program, you may find it become increasingly difficult to burn fat as you get closer to your target weight. It is commonly seen that people find themselves in a rut near to the end of their diet, as they get closer to their goals. However, with only a few easy tips, you may find that you can progress and lose the weight without much problem.
Many of the smaller habits that we do not associate with weight gain are responsible for much of the problem. For example, not drinking enough water and eating mayonnaise with your salad can stunt your fat burning capabilities. By drinking more water and eliminating salad dress, mayonnaise and other fatty sauces, you may find yourself losing more weight than you thought was possible.
Small Changes To Boost Weight Loss
Eat Foods With A Higher Water Content – Food with a high water content often contains less calories than other foods. However, you will still feel full when eating this food, but you won’t be putting on excess weight by eating it. You are more likely to lose weight when eating foods with a higher water content and you wont be hungry throughout the day. Foods high in water content include tomatoes, cucumbers and other citrus fruits, not forgetting watermelon.
Keep Track Of Your Caloric Intake – Keeping a diary of what foods you consume during the day will ensure you do not exceed your caloric or macronutrient allowance. Many foods contain more calories than you expect, so by logging your food in a diary there is no chance of you exceeding the amount you should be eating. If you find it difficult to write down every meal by hand, then download one of the many nutrition tracker apps and you won’t have to do any extra work.
Plan Your Meals For The Week – Much of the snacking that people do comes as a result of boredom or because there is nothing else to eat that is convenient. So, at the start of each week, write down the foods that you are going to eat during the week. Make sure you are consuming enough protein and not exceeding your calorie count. In order to plan your meals successfully, try to cook your food in batches as this will reduce cooking time during the bust week. Vegetables and stews are easy to freeze and reheat days later. But if you are eating fish, meat and dairy products then these should be cooked fresh.
Stop Drinking Soda – One of the easiest ways to lose extra pounds is to stop drinking soda. Drinking added with sugar can be deceiving as you cannot tell how much are inside them just by looking at the liquid itself. Many soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar and this promotes weight gain in children especially. So, make sure that you are consuming only unsweetened drinks when trying to lose weight. Carbonated (sparkling) water is often a great second choice for people as it tastes similar to some soda drinks.
Increase Fiber – Fiber helps you feel full, the more fiber you consume the less of anything else you will be able to stomach. This means that if you are eating fiber in the morning, you will not be temped to snack on other foods during the day. If you are consuming plant-based foods that are high in fiber, it is likely that you will consume less calories throughout the day.
To conclude, you do not have to spend ever day at the gym in order to see noticeable changes in your weight. By changing only small aspects in your life, it is likely that you will notice a difference on the scales in a matter of weeks. However, if you are looking for better physical tone, definition or want to lose weight even faster, then exercising and changing your diet is essential. Many people choose to do intermittent fasting in order to cut back on their caloric intake, read our article about weight loss via intermittent fasting.