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1. Eat more.
Well, actually you don’t need to eat more – you just need to eat more frequently. Eating 5-6 small meals each day a few hours apart will help keep your metabolism in check and keep you satisfied longer.
2. Drink water. Then drink some more.
You can’t lose weight without drinking enough water, so make sure you’re sipping on it all day long! This is super important and really seems to work for many different reasons….just trust me on this one…water, water, water!
3. Use portion plates.
The less food you put on your plate, the less you will eat. Instead of using regular sized plates, use saucers. Fill your plate up with veggies and you will still be satisfied, without going over your calorie intake for the day. Also, when you go out to dinner, ask for a “to-go box” before you even get your food. Yes, they may look at you like you’re crazy but that way you can package up half your dinner, lunch, breakfast before you see it and get tempted to eat ALL OF IT! If it’s in front of your face you will be more tempted to take a few extra bites.
4. Get rid of the temptation.
If chocolate is your weakness, keep it out of the house. If soda tempts you, it’s okay to drink it once in a while, but it should be a rare treat – not a staple in your refrigerator. Also, choose the dark chocolate next time, it’s much better for you!
5. Load up on veggies.
Your diet should be high in fruits and vegetables. They’re loaded with fiber, and will keep you full longer than the 100 calorie snack packs that are all the rage lately.
6. Workout smarter.
You can jump start your weight loss and keep your metabolism going for longer by doing 3 or 4 10-minute workouts instead of 1 big 30 or 40 minute cardio workout.
7. Track your food intake.
Keep a log of what you eat and drink every day for a week. You’d be surprised to see how high your calorie intake has been if you haven’t been tracking it. If you get in the habit of it now, you can continue to do it if you’d like. It’s not necessary, but it’s a helpful tool that many people use to stay on track.
8. Take an extra 1,000 steps each day.
Purchase a pedometer (don’t worry, they’re inexpensive), and take the stairs. Aim for 1,000 extra steps each day. They add up fast!
9. Buddy up.
Team up with a workout buddy to maximize your weight loss results! If you don’t feel like hitting the gym one day, send your buddy a text and he or she can motivate you to get your sweat on. You can return the favor when they feel like lounging a bit. 🙂
10. Avoid fad diets.
Though it’s tempting to try fad diets to try and lose weight fast, it’s best to follow the tips above to lose weight slowly so you can keep the weight off.
You’re turn….what are some tips you can add to the list for weight loss?!