Losing weight can be a struggle, but there are so many little things you can do to make things easier. Here’s a super long list of tips for those of you trying to shift a bit of weight.
- Drink more water:: It helps you feel more satiated. Sometimes you think you’re hungry and you’re just thirsty. Here’s how to get into the habit of drinking more water.
- Drink more green tea::
- Drink more dandelion tea:
- Don’t drink calories:
- Drink hot water with a squirt of lemon when you first wake up:
- Eat more avocados:
- Eat a big breakfast:
- Eat more porridge:
- Eat less bread:
- Sleep more:
- Walk more:
- Take up hiking:
- Or take up a sport!:
- Eat spicy food:
- Don’t eat chocolate:
- Eat watermelon instead:
- Eat blueberries:
- Make your diet work long term:
- Eat cheese! (Really):
- Eat smaller portions:
- Eat using smaller plates:
- Reduce your salt intake:
- Do interval training:
- Lift weights:
- Meditate or do Yoga:
- Get motivated:
- Tell others what your goal is:
- Get a workout buddy:
- Break your habits one by one:
- Eat eggs:
- Don’t weigh yourself every day:
- Or don’t weigh yourself at all?:
- Play Pokemon GO:
- Rethink your carb intake:
- Eat the right type of salad:
- Consider eating smaller meals, but more of them:
- Be aware of your own habits:
- Chew more and chew slowly:
- Use a calorie tracker:
- Don’t shop hungry:
- Get a dog:
- Exercise on your lunch break:
- Make food in bulk:
- Cut down on alcohol:
- Don’t overtrain:
- Skip condiments and calorie rich sauces:
- Eat more protein:
- Don’t reward yourself with food:
- Drink Coffee!:
- Eat more nuts:
- Don’t be too hard on yourself:
Slightly raises your metabolism, but it’s just good for you in general.
It’s an acquired taste – and its therapeutic properties are dubious – but it does help you flush out water your body doesn’t need.
You don’t need to! Shakes and smoothies are exempt from this, but soft drinks or anything with a stupid amount of sugar. What’s the point? Oh wait! There’s one exception…
High fat foods are going to make you feel more satisfied. Here’s how to pick a perfectly ripe avocado.
People tend to skip breakfast. That’s a bad idea.
Porridge is great, malleable and is low GI. If you eat porridge in the morning you’re gonna eat less the rest of the day.
But if you’re like me and love sandwiches, consider an open sandwich. Half the bread, half the carby calories. Also, eat wholemeal, good bread.
Sleep is important. For weight loss, for general well being.
Find ways to add more steps to your daily routine. It all adds up. Walk up stairs instead of going up the elevator. Walk past one more station when getting the train.
Hiking is amazing. It can be as intense as you need it to be. Everyone in this office has taken up hiking and everyone swears by it.
Too many people equate exercise with pain. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join a basketball team, play soccer, get into gymnastics, go rock climbing. Here are some fun sports you can join as an adult.
Spicy food is good. It also speeds up your metabolism.
I mean this goes without saying. You don’t need chocolate – even on Easter.
As a sweet alternative watermelon works really well. Low calorie, but still incredibly sweet. Here’s how to pick the right watermelon by looking at its base.
Blueberries are the greatest berries. I recommend them. They help you burn body fat and boost brain power and energy. Get on it.
Crash diets aren’t great. They mess with your body. Whatever you eat it has to be sustainable otherwise it’s pointless.
Cheese is okay (if you pick the right cheeses)! High fat foods are okay! I’m not saying you have to go Ketogenic, but society as a whole is too scared of fatty foods. Fat is good for you.
Portion control might be the most important suggestion on this list. Everyone eats too much food. Here’s one way to manage portions.
So much of hunger is psychological. Stack a smaller plate. You’ll eat less and feel fuller. Weird.
The more salt you consume the more water your body holds, the more you weigh. Here’s how to avoid hidden salt in your diet.
It’s time efficient and it works. Better than 1 hour of jogging slowly in constant physical pain (unless you like that sort of thing).
No, you’re not going to get too bulky. It’s actually insanely hard to add muscle to your frame. Here’s how to get started with a manageable daily routine.
Science proves you’re more likely to put on weight if you’re stressed. Find a way to become mindful in your day-to-day routine. Get started with this /”do anywhere” 10-minute yoga routine.
This is broad, but give yourself a goal or a target. This goal doesn’t need to be a specific weight. It could be fitting into a pair of jeans, or running a marathon. Here be tips.
This is a way of making yourself feel accountable. Chuck something up on Facebook! You’re less likely to quit or give in when you feel like everyone’s watching. (Just be wary of peer “concern”.)
Or even better, get a #squad. You can motivate each other and also hang out.
If you try and break one habit, you’re statistically likely to succeed. Try and break more than one at a time you will almost certainly fail. Science says you should break habits one-by-one
Eggs are awesome. Boiled eggs are so easy and operate amazingly as either a meal or as a snack. They make you feel full and are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. For an even healthier treat, try baking an egg in an avocado.
It’s tempting to do this, but ultimately damaging. Weight fluctuates on a day-to-day basis and it’s impossible to quantify the reasons why. Consider weighing yourself once a week instead – and do it correctly.
Unless you have a specific reason to lose actual weight, maybe you should be measuring success literally, with measuring tape? Or maybe you want to lose body fat. Either way, success here might be nothing to do with weight.
Nah, just kidding. No-one plays Pokemon GO any more.
I say this with caution. I think carbs are important, but you probably should eat less of them. That means less rice, less potatoes. Don’t eliminate them, but you’re probably eating too much.
Obviously you want to eat vegetables, that goes without saying, but you want to be careful of the kind of salads you’re eating. You want to avoid sugary, creamy dressings and keep it relatively simple. Broccoli, capsicum, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini — these are the kinds of things you want in your salad. You can eat this stuff to your hearts content really.
Everyone’s different, but I try and eat four meals a day. If I don’t, I’m more likely to snack. Your mileage may differ.
And more importantly, learn to distinguish them from actual hunger. Sometimes you think you’re hungry, but you’re not. It’s just because you happen to be watching TV at 8pm and that’s when you usually grab that block of chocolate. We create habits like this easily, and are often tricked by them.
Honestly, do this! It works! You’ll eat less. Chewing for ages also makes highly processed and fatty foods taste really gross.
MyFitnessPal is good! Honestly, you think you’re eating well, but the small things add up. Definitely worth tracking.
Seriously, don’t. You’ll buy biscuits and chocolate. I guarantee it. Head to Woolies after dinner, not before. (As an added bonus, you’ll also spend less money.)
Dogs are awesome. Also, you have to walk them. Walking is good. Get a dog.
I mean exercise is great any time, but particularly during your lunch break. Reduces stress, which is good. Helps you make healthier lunch choices as well. Even just a nice walk is good. Plus, it’s ideal if you don’t otherwise have the time to exercise.
This can help. Unless you’re one of those people who need variety in their diet.
Some people don’t want to hear this — but it’s bad for you and it’s bad for your waistline. Everything in moderation obviously.
Overtraining leads to injury, which leads to less exercise, which leads to you sitting on the couch feeling sorry for yourself and comfort eating.
You don’t really need these things, do you? At the very least, try making your own so you can control sugar and sodium levels.
Wary about this, because research shows Australians actually eat too much protein. But protein helps you feel fuller. Eat too much an it metabolises as fat, so be careful! Protein also helps to build muscle. Here’s the ideal amount to eat after exercise.
This is where bad habits kick in. Make your reward a nice bath or an hour in front of the TV. Or something that brings you closer to your goals. Retrain your brain!
Honestly, coffee is a good thing! It can boost your metabolism. Just stay clear of frothy, milky numbers with craploads of sugar.
People who eat a handful of nuts each day are statistically less likely to die. Get on it.
You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to fall off the wagon. Don’t punish yourself. The worst thing you can do is spiral. Just take the day and start all over again the next day!
You can do it!