The Dreaded “D” Word
Chances are you may be one of many who would like to lose a few pounds to get back to a healthy BMI. Remove the dreaded “D” word from your vocabulary and opt for a life change by adopting a healthier way to fully enjoy your life. It is a proven fact that by losing 10% of your total weight, it will lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, both of which are major risks for heart disease. There is also an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, so by losing excess weight you will improve the body’s ability to use the insulin it naturally makes. A healthy weight also increases your energy level, and who couldn’t use more energy?
What are some healthful ways to curb hunger and lose weight?
- Know your carbs and eat more fiber. Refined and processed foods are empty calories. Try replacing white bread for whole wheat and white rice with brown. Think white is weight and brown is better. Besides, whole unrefined foods are more filling and will help make you feel full longer.
- Eat more fresh fruits and veggies (steamed and not laden with butter, oils, and cheese).
- Fend off hunger by eating an apple 30 to 45 minutes before a meal. This will aid in overeating (an apple a day, after all).
- Eating out at restaurants has become the norm for most families, but by checking out the nutritional menu of a restaurant before leaving your home, you can be better educated as to what to order.
- Order a “to go” box when ordering at a restaurant and splitting the portion in half when your food arrives. Most restaurants serve gigantic portions. You’ll not only save calories and money, but you’ll have lunch ready for the following day!
- Use a smaller plate. Those who use smaller plates consume smaller portion sizes, and that leads to the consumption of fewer calories.
- When comparing nutrition labels, also check the serving size.
- Drink plenty of water! Water not only hydrates your body but drinking 8 ounces before a meal is another good way to prevent overeating.
- Get moving! Exercise is important not only for your physical health but it creates endorphins, which stave off depression and makes for a happier you! Be careful to not fool yourself into thinking that because you had a great workout, you can now eat more calories if your desire is to lose weight.
- Grab a friend to give you extra support and encouragement.
By making small, daily changes, you can be on a path to a healthier and beautiful you!