23. Water, water, water. It kick-starts your metabolism. Stop drinking soda. Drink a big glass of water prior to every meal. Our brains confuse thirst and hunger a lot of the time, which leads us to eat when we are not really hungry. When you feel hungry, try consuming some water first.
24. Make one change at a time. Don’t cut everything out at once. For example, cut out fried foods. When you’re used to that, cut out soda, etc.
25. Lay off the rubbish food, apart from one day a week where you can eat what you like – it’ll help you stick to it and you won’t have the temptation to eat rubbish all the time.
26. Eat according to the Glycemic Index, sticking with low and medium index foods.
27. Be mindful of what you are eating. Keep a food journal or diary. Seeing it in writing always gives it weight and helps reveal patterns or triggers.
28. Eat raw fruits, veggies and nuts.
29. Brush your teeth early in the evening rather than just before bed. It keeps you from snacking if you’re not really hungry.
30. Portion control used with a 20 minute wait time — wait 20 minutes after eating the sensible portions, and then see if you still feel hungry. Nine times out of ten, you won’t. If you do, get a little more.
31. No fast food. Period. Cut out the sugar, too.
32. Commit to one diet. Start by making a list of low-calorie foods that you love, that you find satisfying; and when you’re hungry make sure you eat lots of those foods.
33. If you’re a parent, don’t absorb “invisible” calories by eating your kids’ food.
34. Snack between meals – starving yourself for 6 or 7 hours at a time between lunch and dinner means you will overeat at dinner.
35. Eat everything in moderation. If you really want French fries and a hamburger, or ice cream, or a cookie, it’s OK to indulge a little occasionally. Key word is occasionally. Better to indulge a little, than to binge later.
36. Learn to cook, from scratch. That way, you control what you are eating.
37. Eat as soon after you get up as possible. This gets your metabolism working at a higher rate sooner in the day.
38. Cut out alcohol or reduce your intake to one or two glasses a week. Alcohol is full of “empty” calories.
39. Instead of counting calories, concentrate on reducing your fat intake. Fat that you eat converts more readily into body fat than does protein or carbohydrate.
40. Positive change is easier than negative change. Instead of thinking of foods that are “bad” and that you feel like you need to cut out, think about all the new recipes and foods you will get to try if you start experimenting with more vegetables, more beans, more spices, etc.
41. If you’re a stress eater, try sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Lots of chewing, not many calories.
42. Reduce the intake of three white things – white flour (all-purpose flour), salt and sugar. Get rid of white flour completely if possible.
43. Buying smaller dishes can help you reach your weight loss goals. It is in our nature to fill our plate or bowl with food, but as time passes, portions have become larger and it’s harder to figure out how much you should really be eating. Using a smaller salad plate allows you to fill your plate while still eating less.
44. Remember to take note of the foods that you consume when you’re engaged in a weight loss program. Research has proven that those dieters who track everything they are eating tend to lose more weight than those who do not. They have been shown to lose about twice as much weight when compared to those that don’t keep track of what they eat.
45. Try eating green veggies, they are super foods. Green vegetables are filled with fibers, vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Broccoli, green beans, spinach and kale are a few examples of the healthiest green veggies. You will see the weight loss you want if you incorporate these foods into your diet.
46. Watch the calories in your beverages when you are dieting. All beverages that you drink, aside from water and unsweetened tea, contain some calories. All those calories add up from beverages like colas, beer, sweet tea, coffee drinks and more. Keep track of these calories and include them in your daily allotted count.
47. Don’t keep junk food and other things you are avoiding in your house. Just by making the simple choice to leave the junk food outside the home, you will not need to constantly face temptation. Rather than having unhealthy items, keep healthy food choices easily accessible to grab for a quick snack.