When you travel, you probably do some research before you head to the airport or get behind the wheel of your car. If you’re going someplace you haven’t been before, you probably ask friends who’ve been to your destination for the inside scoop on the off-the-beaten-path sites to see or the hidden-gem restaurants where the locals go. Hints and tips like these make your visit easier, less intimidating, more efficient, and more enjoyable. Armed with that knowledge, you feel better prepared and more enthused for the adventure.
Starting a weight-loss program can be a little like taking a trip to a foreign place, too. Naturally, there are unknowns and the small anxieties they trigger. That’s where tips and hints from someone who has been there can help.
Here are some that will help you navigate your weight loss diet. These are nuggets of advice, tricks, tips, and suggestions that we’ve found helpful when looking to lose or maintain weight and establish a healthier pattern of eating. Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.
You need good hiking boots and stronger legs to climb a mountain. You don’t climb a mountain without preparation. You’ll want to break down your big goal of weight loss into mini-goals that take you to the top, like sleeping 7-8 hours a night or cutting off your nighttime snacking at 8 p.m. To set yourself up for success, before you even write down your goals, step one should be gathering supplies, such as a scale, meal prep containers, or a blender for making weight-loss smoothies.
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While having a daily or weekly plan can help you lay out your days so you can reach your goals, you can start with something as easy as reading up on the 7 Must-Buy Foods on a Healthy Grocery List, According to a Dietitian before you go shopping to ensure that you have every ingredient you need to improve health and lose weight.
Drinking smoothies as meal replacements doesn’t cover your daily liquid requirements. We’d like to see you consume about 64 ounces of water each day. Remember, some of that water can come from foods, especially vegetables and fruits. Tea and coffee contribute, but beware of the calorie hit you can take if you add lumps of sugar or teaspoons of creamer. Brewed green, white, or black teas are packed with compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast belly fat by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells, and speeding up the liver’s fat-burning capacity. In a recent study, participants who combined a daily habit of four to five cups of green tea with 25 minutes of exercise (or 180 minutes a week), lost two more pounds than the non–tea-drinking exercisers. Even tea without sweating offers weight loss…