If you have set a goal to lose 10 pounds, you can do it safely and painlessly with healthy eating and regular exercise. In terms of food, you need to stay on a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Keep yourself far away non-nutritious, oily and sugary foods like donuts, fried chicken and butterfingers. Portion-control your intakes so you do not overeat and burden yourself with extra calories. Keep these in mind when you shop, prepare and eat your food, and watch your pounds melt away.
Below are 5 tips that can help you in your weight loss endeavor.
1. Eat a Nutritiously Balanced Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast or just grab a muffin on your way to work, your body will go into fat storage mode and you can gain weight. Have a nutritiously balanced breakfast with whole grains, soy milk, a whole egg and some fruits. Keep your breakfast around 400 calories, and energize your body for the rest of the day.
2. Replace Your Coffee Creamer with Soy Milk
A cup of coffee in the morning can kick up your metabolism and help you lose weight. If you fill it to the top with coffee creamer or half and half, you will added a significant amount of empty calories and fat into your coffee. The best replacement for coffee creamer is soy milk. It adds the same creamy taste to your coffee with only 10 or 15 extra calories. You also get an extra dose of nutrition when you use soy milk instead of your usual cream.
3. Eat Nonfat Yogurt
Nonfat yogurt is usually no more than 100 calories. The probiotic culture in yogurt helps you regulate your bowel, speeds up the passing of food in your intestines, and promotes faster metabolism. Having a nonfat yogurt an hour before lunch is a great way to boost your energy level and suppress your appetite for lunch. For best results, serve your yogurt with a handful of berries or some chunks of cantaloupe. These fruits are loaded with fiber and fat-burning vitamins to keep you feel fuller and more satisfied.
4. Drain Your Sauces
Heavy sauces are the archenemy of weight loss. They are calorie loaded and are non-nutritious with nothing but saturated fats, oil, salt and sugar. Never use your bread to soak up the creams or sauces and never drawn your salad with heavy dressing. Use a fork or a pair of chopsticks when you eat to let extra sauce drip off. You can save more than 100 calories per meal if you drain the sauce.
5. Indulge on Fruits instead of Sugary Desserts
Fruits are naturally sweet tasting and are full of nutrition. One serving of fruit usually does not exceed 100 calories. Some fruits like cantaloupes, plums, strawberries and papayas are especially helpful to weight loss. They are extremely low in calories and are super filling. Indulging on these fruits as snacks or substitute these for your after dinner desserts. You will have cut hundreds of calories and boosted your metabolism at the same time.