This post is from when my site was just 2 weeks old. I think about two people read it, so I thought I would post it again!
People try many different things to lose weight. Some people will choose to go with a fad diet that involves eating a lot of grapefruit, or take some ‘magical’ weight-loss pills. However, that type of weight loss is usually short-term, and very difficult to maintain.
What you really want to do is make some changes in your life that will help you lose some weight, and improve your overall health.
The trick to weight loss in simple – expend more calories than you take in. Here are just a few small changes that can make big payoffs, and I promise to not mention taking the stairs or parking your car as far away as possible.
5 Small Changes You Can Make To Help You Lose Weight
1. Drop all soda – diet and regular. The calorie reduction from not drinking Coke or Pepsi is obvious. Many people have switched to drinking diet soda thinking that is a great thing. Well, if you are like me, I would eat chips or other unhealthy things when I drank pop. Plus, there are some studies that show that artificial sweeteners may actually make it harder to lose weight. Regardless, all soda contains phosphorus and sodium. We all know that a diet high in sodium is very bad for the body, but phosphorus is also bad for your bones, especially if you do not get enough calcium. Enjoy a nice glass of water instead. I am not saying you have to drink 64 ounces of water a day, but even if you replace your soda with water, you are making a difference.
2. Go for that walk! Studies have shown that one of the best ways to lose weight is to get a dog. That’s because you HAVE to walk your dog. We take great care of our pets, but won’t always take care of ourselves. The weather is getting nicer, so get off the couch and take a 30 minutes stroll. If you are stuck at a soccer practice, walk around the neighborhood instead of sitting in the car. If you choose to walk on a treadmill, throw some punches into the mix to increase your heart rate. Of course you can do excessive arm movements while walking outside, but you might be endlessly mocked.
3. Keep a food diary. The thought here is that you will make healthier food choices if you are accountable to someone, or something. Maybe you won’t have those 2 Twinkies with lunch if you know you are going to actually write it down. Better yet, share your food diary with a friend or an online community.
4. Take 30 minutes to cut up fruits and vegetables and keep them easily accessible in the fridge. That way, it will be just as easy to grab a bag of celery/carrots as it would be to open that can of Pringles. The crunch of fruit/vegetables is quite satisfying, and you also are not putting a bunch of processed garbage into your system.
5. Eat a healthy cereal/oatmeal for breakfast. It is true that breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. So start your day in the best possible way and have a vitamin-filled, filling breakfast. You will be less tempted to snack at work, and it is great for your metabolism.
Good For You Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar (I usually reduce this to just under a cup)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites (I usually use the whole egg because I am lazy)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, 1 tablespoon)
2 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I don’t add these, but the recipe states they are optional)
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat brown sugar, granulated sugar, margarine and applesauce in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in egg whites and vanilla; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoon on greased baking sheets.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 9 – 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 12 – 13 for crip cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Per serving: 120 calories, 4.5 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 1 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 1 g protein.