Ten Small Things You Can Do To Help With Weight Loss
There are times in my life when I really struggle to get into the ‘diet zone’ even though I know I need to lose weight. But just because I cannot fathom dieting doesn’t mean there aren’t things I can do to help me be healthier and lose some weight in the process. Here is my list of ten things you can do that can help:
- Drink lots of water. Aim for at least 2-2.5 litres per day.
- Stop, drink first. Whenever you feel like eating or snacking on something you shouldn’t, have a glass of water first and wait at least 10 minutes. Often when we think we’re hungry we’re actually thirsty.
- Get rid of temptation. Whatever you weakness is – be it chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks – get rid of them and empty your cupboards. It’s much harder to cheat if you haven’t got your favourite naughty foods in.
- Take the stairs. Make a pact with yourself that wherever possible (& I know not always practical with a little one in a pram) you take the stairs and not the lift.
- Walk more. If it’s less than a mile change your plans so you always walk it. It’s good for the environment too.
- Make swaps. No sugar in your tea or swap for sweetener. Change less healthy snacks for fruit or veg. Swap your dinner plates for smaller ones and reduce your portion sizes.
- Cut down the carbs. Or even cut them out of some meals. If you can’t manage that try reducing the amount of carbs you have in a meal and increasing your protein or veg content instead.
- Set goals. Set weight loss goals even if it’s a pound a month, set them and aim for them. Having something to aim for keeps you focussed.
- Set step targets. You don’t need to invest in an expensive Fitbit or similar, although you can if want to. Pedometers are relatively cheap or you can get apps for your phone. Set a target and do it. Everyday.
- Do ten. Some of us can’t make or afford the gym. So this is something I am going to try. Do ten sit ups, push ups, star jumps, go up and down that stairs ten times. Or even find a ten minute work out on Youtube.
Do you have any additional tips you would add to the list?