10 Ways To Drop 10 Pounds

July 28, 2014

Green And Red Healthy FoodWe often sabotage our weight loss goals before we even get started. “I can never eat cake again!” That makes us stop before we start, or dread every day. That’s no way to live. Losing weight is all about the small steps – steps you can live with every day. Being skinny by next month isn’t the goal…STAYING HEALTHY FOR LIFE is what we strive for. That being said, here are 10 easy ways to lose 10 pounds.

  1. SPLIT YOUR TAKEOUT ORDER – Either half it with a friend or save the other half for later.
  2. DRINK LOTS OF WATER – Sometimes you’re not “hungry,” you’re really just thirsty. BONUS: Drinking more water means you’re drinking less sugary or high calorie beverages.
  3. EAT FRESH FOODS – Pre-packaged foods are often packed full of sodium (which can cause fluid retention among other issues), fat and calories. If you’re preparing the foods yourself, you can put in healthy ingredients and watch the fat and salt levels.
  4. MONITOR YOUR SUGAR INTAKE – Drinking more water will cut out a lot of excess sugar if you’re a soda drinker, but start checking labels. You may be shocked to find that your favorite pasta sauce or frozen entrée is full of extra sugar.
  5. MORE PROTEIN – You don’t have to go full-time low-carb, but by upping your protein intake and lowering your starchy foods (at least temporarily) you can help your body burn more fat. (Protein builds muscle & muscle burns fat.)
  6. GET MORE SLEEP – This is a tough one, but research shows that getting 6-8 hours a night helps keep your metabolism running at optimum levels.
  7. LOVE THOSE VEGGIES – Make sure at least 2/3 of your plate is covered in vegetables. They’re normally lower in calories than other foods and great for you. Just be sure you keep them healthy. Don’t deep fry or cover them in heavy dressings or sauces.
  8. GRAB A HEALTHY SNACK – Instead of reaching for chips or candy during your afternoon break, grab a handful of nuts like almonds. High in essential fatty acids, these good-for-you little treats will also give you extra energy.
  9. EAT A HEATHY BREAKFAST – Get your metabolism going first thing in the morning with a high protein / high fiber meal. Eggs, oatmeal, a smoothie…any of these will get your day started on the right track and keep you satisfied until lunch.
  10. GET ACTIVE – Begin by taking a short walk around the block then increase your distance as you feel more comfortable. Added benefit? Great legs and a healthy heart.


Elizabeth Miller

Written by Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth says, "Keep your gratitude higher than your expectations, and you will have no bad days."

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