6 Small Steps for Steady Healthy Weight Loss

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6 Small Steps for Steady Healthy Weight Loss

Small Steps for Steady Healthy Weight Loss - No Weights Required

Weight loss is something that almost all people think about from time to time.  The thing is, eating less and moving more is truly the only way to lose weight in a healthy and natural manner.

However, there are some little tricks you can use to help shed those pounds.  These can easily be incorporated into your day and will not take any time or really alter your life all that much.

If you are trying to lose weight a bit at a time, here are some ideas to try:

Switch Out the Condiments

Mayo is great, but it is laden with fat and calories.  Most condiments can be replaced with mustard or avocado.  Mustard has no calories so it is a great way to save hundreds of calories on your favorite sandwich.

Avocado has calories, but it is also packed with nutrients, such as healthy fats.  When it comes to salad dressings, stick to vinaigrette dressings for the most part.  These tend to be lower in calories than the creamy options.

I love Mayo!!! I put it on or in almost everything, but now I’m measuring it out and I find that helpful to weight loss.

Increase Water Intake

Water is vital for life and it is important to stay well-hydrated.  Those who drink plenty of water also tend to have better appetite control and usually eat less in between meals.

The general rule of thumb is 64 ounces a day. This works for those who are healthy, take no medications and are only moderately active.

However, if you take medications or have certain medical conditions, you may need more or less than 64 ounces.  If you are very active, you will need to drink more to avoid dehydration.

I’ve heard to drink one cup when you wake up, another before breakfast, two cups before lunch and two cups before dinner. Especially before dinner so that you do not eat so much. Then some more before you go to sleep.

Go For Turkey Meats

Many meats have a turkey option.  Turkey options are lower in calories, fat and cholesterol.

In some cases, they are also less expensive and cook faster.  There are turkey versions of virtually every meat known to man, so don’t feel as though it has to be overly limiting.

If you simply try a turkey burger instead of a hamburger on occasion, those are calories and fats that you are saving. Little wins are the key to losing weight sometimes.

We have switched to turkey bacon (it’s really good and less calories) and ground turkey, I do not care for ground turkey but if I use enough spices/seasoning then I can mask its taste. Hubby likes the ground turkey over ground beef.

Ditch the Scale

If you frequently weigh yourself, you will just drive yourself crazy.

The best indicator of a shrinking waist line is how your clothes fit.  Many people will not see the scale move much, but they will notice that their pants are looser.

Put the scales somewhere that you will not be tempted to check. In fact, you might want to throw it out altogether.

I’ve thrown the scale out and its true. You will start to notice how your clothes are fitting on you.

Move More 

Start with small things like parking farther away at the grocery store and ditching the elevator to take the stairs.

These are simple changes and you will not even notice you are doing them.  You can also choose to take a walk after dinner instead of watching that 30-minute sitcom.

These small bursts of movement will make a big difference in weight loss.

I do park farther away from the entrance and when I was working outside the home I would take the stairs instead of the elevator.

White to Brown

Breads, pastas and rice all come in brown versions.  Brown versions are packed with whole grains and nutrients.

White versions are severely processed and offer very little nutritional value. This is a simple fix that will pay huge dividends over time.

I love my white over the brown any day. This one change is hard for me, I keep going back and forth on it.

What other simple weight loss changes can you think of? Share them in the comments below!

1 Shannon March 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

All wonderful tips, thank you for sharing.

2 Lynn C March 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I really like the tone of this article, and the tips are all great! I’ve been such a couch slug all winter and am trying to get in better shape so I can enjoy spring and summer more. I’ve made the switch to turkey and have no regrets. Ground turkey in spaghetti, chili or casseroles tastes absolutely great. Thanks for the sound advice!!!

3 pays2save March 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Your welcome. I’m still getting used to ground turkey.

4 Chasing Joy March 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I tried ground turkey but it never taste right. I switched to doing half ground turkey and half ground beef.

5 pays2save March 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Thanks for the tip. I’ve been heavily seasoning the ground turkey to mask over the taste.

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