We all love shortcuts, don’t we? Well, here are 6 shortcuts to weight loss, which is a big concern right now with Diabetes and Heart Disease on the rise.
You’ll find that as with most every challenge in life, the solution is to keep it simple.
1. Eat Regularly
Get in the habit of eating every two to three hours.
- At each meal, include a palm-size amount of protein, whether it’s chicken, fish, beef, or tofu.
- Eat that with a fist-size portion of a carbohydrate, such as fruit, quinoa, brown rice, or whole wheat bread for a well-balanced meal.
2. Don’t drink anything but water with your meal
Instead, leave room in your stomach for food, and save your fluids for outside of mealtime, advises the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
3. Get Creative With Nutrition
Sneak in extra calories without overhauling your diet. For example:
- Spread peanut butter on toast
- Sprinkle cheese on top of chili
- Use milk in your oatmeal instead of water
One of the very best shortcuts to weight loss is to:
4. Start Your Day Off Strong
To lose weight, start your day with a protein-and-fiber-packed breakfast.
- One cup of steel cut oats with 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of berries checks all the boxes.
The high protein from Greek yogurt stabilizes blood sugar levels to avoid sugar [and other food] cravings later on in the day, and the fiber from steel cut oats will keep you full longer.
Starting the day on a healthy note can also set the tone for the day.
Here are the best breakfast cereals for weight loss:
- General Mills Cheerios
- Kellogg’s All-Bran
- General Mills Fiber One Original
- Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets
- Kellogg’s Bite Size Unfrosted Mini-Wheats
- Kashi GoLean
- Post-Shredded Wheat’n Bran
- Nature’s Path Organic SmartBran
5. Count Your Calories
- Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week has been shown to be the most sustainable rate. One way to get there is by cutting your daily calories by between 500 and 1,000.
6. Move It
- Don’t discount exercise’s role in helping you reach your ideal weight, whether you’re looking to gain or lose.
Reaching a healthy weight (and healthy BMI) not only slashes your risk for many diseases, but it has been shown to boost your confidence, energy level, and your overall mood. That’s a winner in my book!