The truth is that, while eating healthier and slipping in exercise takes some effort, it doesn't require a lot of effort. Making just a few simple lifestyle changes can pack a big punch when it comes to getting rid of your gut or sculpting your body.
I have spoken with other weight loss experts, professional athletes, and celebrities, who have to always look and perform at their best. Here is the info we agreed, are the top 10 ways to lose belly fat without killing yourself or making you resentful.
1. Lighten the Foods You Already Love
One of the easiest ways to cut back without feeling denied is to eat less of the foods you crave. A pizza tastes just as good with less cheese. Eat frozen yogurt instead of ice cream with your favorite toppings, who notices the missing calories?
The key is eat smaller portions and look for healthier versions of food. If you still like soda, sweet tea or alcoholic beverages drinks, try mixing your favorite beverages with a splash of a water, then increase the ratio as your taste buds adjust.
2. Share and Share Alike
With the massive meals served at so many American restaurants, it's easy to go Dutch -- with the dinner plate.
"When I go out, my friends and I share meals" . "I've been known to split a dessert, even a pint of beer."
You can share more than just a meal out. Go halves on the cost of a personal trainer?
"When people come in together they're more apt to encourage one another," Many trainers including me offer 2 for 1 specials during the New Year.
Half the cost, twice the motivation -- a steal of a deal.
3. Forget About Working Out
If the word "exercise" inspires you to avoidance, then avoid it. The trick to enjoying a workout is to "never call it working out," For example, "Most folks enjoy sex without the idea that it may be a good calorie burner and exercise."
So burn calories, invigorate your muscles, and lose weight by beachcombing, shooting hoops, riding bikes, grass-skiing, hiking, playing Frisbee, dancing, kickboxing did I mention sex.
4. Add, Don't Subtract
Try adding foods to your diet instead of subtracting them. Go for healthy goodies like summer-fresh fruit and garden-crisp veggies. And be sure to select things you love, like deep-red cherries or crunchy snow peas.
Then slip those favorite fruits into your bag lunch, your cereal, and your afternoon snack; add the veggies into stews and sauces, and as a compliment to meals/ protein.
Focus on these delicious additions and you just may find yourself subtracting a junk food standby simply because you're enjoying your new, healthier favorites.
5. Go Walk-About
Instead of driving everywhere, do your shopping on foot, getting in two to seven miles a day. If your neighborhood isn't convenient for walking, try these tips for adding more steps:
Do your shopping locally.
Trade your power mower for a push version.
Park your car at the back of the lot.
Sweep the drive instead of using a leaf-blower.
Get off the bus a few stops earlier.
Hike the mall, being sure to hit all the levels.
Take the stairs every chance you get.
Enjoy a post-dinner stroll.
6. TV, Tone Up
"Use your favorite TV programs to tone up. " Slip in resistance training by lifting sodas instead of drinking them. "Use those cans or bottles as hand weights for bicep curls or lunges," Or do triceps dips and or squats from the edge of the couch or favorite chair, during commercials.
There is approximately 25 minutes of commercials during an hour of TV use 15 minutes per hour, you just may impress yourself.
7. Skip a Meal (Out):
It's so tempting to grab a restaurant meal for lunch. But if the maître d' or wait staff know your name and your order before you open your mouth, you may be packing on more pounds and going there more then you realize.
If you can't say no to your favorite restaurant, try saying yes to wiser choices, like grilled chicken, roasted summer vegetables, or an appetizer as an entree.
8. Size Does Matters
Eating less without feeling denied is as close as your dinner ware.
While a small portion served on a large plate can leave you craving more, a smaller plate gives the visual cue that you already have more than enough.
Basically "you're tricking yourself into being satisfied with less." "You simply won't put as much food on a smaller plate."
And don't forget smaller bowls, cups, and spoons. Try savoring a bowl of ice cream with a baby spoon. Not only does the pleasure last longer, but your body has time to register the food you've eaten.
9. Get Involved
When your weight loss efforts lead to boredom or too much self-focus, get occupied with something else. "When I'm not busy, I eat more than I need.
For some, that might mean becoming involved with local politics or local charities. A lot of local nonprofits need your help. I have a list if you want some ideas.
The key: have a life outside of weight loss.
10. Lose It Today, Keep It Off Tomorrow
Finally, be patient. While cultivating that virtue isn't exactly painless, it may help to know that keeping weight off can be easier than taking it off.
So if you crave the results reported by my successful "clients" once again be patient-- improved self-confidence, a boost in your mood, and better health will be yours.
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