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Everybody hates the word ‘diet’. It makes you think of pain and misery. It is definitely hard to keep your will power to stay on a diet during the holidays.
But it’s not all bad. There really are plenty of ways to lose pounds quickly without having to go without and it’s much easier than you think - once you know how. You can start the New Year with some great weight loss results with these easy tips.
Here are the top nine ways to lose pounds this year.
So many people avoid drinking simple water, yet it’s one of nature’s best ways to clean out your body at the same time as helping to shed those pounds. Drinking enough water doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply drink a glass of water before each meal or snack and you’ll suddenly find you’re rehydrated, feeling less bloated and you’re suddenly less tempted to reach for the sugary snacks.
Fiber gives another opportunity to help you lose weight and make you feel full at the same time. By adding fiber to your diet, you can actually reduce and get rid of awful hunger pangs. Foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and beans will increase your intake of fiber, making you feel full faster and lose weight faster too!
Just because you’re losing weight, that shouldn’t mean you go without food. Feel free to snack whenever you’re hungry. Your metabolism will actually speed up a little by eating more. Just be careful with the types of snacks you choose. It’s always fine to snack on nuts or fruit, but you can also add a snack-size tub of low-fat yogurt or baked rice crisps. Just be sensible about your snack choices.
Take every opportunity to walk. Take the stairs at work instead of using the elevator. Park in the back of the parking lot at the store and walk the long distance. Stroll around the neighborhood with your dog, or with a friend. You can also switch on your stereo at home and walk around your house!
5. Grill it up
Switch from frying foods to grilling them, order grilled when you go out to eat. Grilling is easier than and just as tasty as frying. It’s healthier and has fewer calories than fried foods.
6. Side Dishes
We’ve been trained over the years to believe that meals aren’t complete without fries on the side. Replace fries with a simple salad or with some steamed vegetables.
7. Processed Foods
Pre-packaged ham or chicken slices are quick and convenient to have in the fridge, but they contain high levels of salt. Salt helps your body to retain fluid and makes it harder for you to shed those pounds. Avoid pre-packaged processed foods wherever you can and replace with fresh options.
8. Keep It Lean
You can still eat red meat or poultry, just be sure to buy the leanest cuts you can find. Trim off any excess fat and remove the skin from chicken and then grill your meat to keep the goodness in and the fat levels down.
9. Meal Replacement
Meal replacement diets are quick and easy, and can keep you slim. All you have to do is eat a pre-prepared meal in place of your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig seem to be the most popular, but make sure to do your research by reading customer reviews on these diets. These diet plans take the guess work out of portion size and the correct foods to eat.
Keep up with these simple tips and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to lose weight quickly.