Your figure won’t get slim and slender at the click of your fingers. However, that doesn’t mean you have to torture yourself with exhausting exercise and strict diets – although you obviously can’t do without some physical activity and healthy eating.
We at Bright Side have collected some tips that’ll help you stay in great shape. What’s even better is they don’t require much effort.
Don’t wear yourself out at the gym.
Exhausting daily training is not the key to successful weight loss. It’s been proven that those who go all out at the gym and those who are only moderately active spend an almost equal amount of calories a day because of our bodies’ ability to adapt. More doesn’t always mean better.
Treat working out as a way of life, not as a punishment.
Give up exercising if it makes you feel miserable. Any regular physical activity – swimming, dancing, hiking, active shopping, anything – will lead to the same result. The main thing is to stay active and enjoy yourself.
Weigh yourself regularly.
Weigh yourself every day or at least every other day. This will help reinforce positive results and make you think twice before eating an extra piece of cake.
Eat foods with probiotics.
Not all probiotics help you lose weight. Studies show that the intestinal flora of obese individuals differs from that of thin people. Foods containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus can change the situation, so pay attention to the ingredients of dairy products with probiotics.
Include beans, peas, or lentils in your diet.
Making beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils part of your daily diet will help you get rid of excess weight and maintain your normal weight.
Don’t refuse proteins.
Don’t refuse protein-rich foods. They allow you to be more physically active, which translates to a greater weight loss. Your body needs proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for normal functioning in general. Their amounts can vary, but it won’t do you any good to exclude something from your diet entirely.
Eat from smaller plates.
Use smaller plates. This will help reduce your portions and, consequently, the amount of calories consumed. Besides, a small plate creates the illusion of eating a larger helping.
Buy a bright tablecloth or plates.
Use contrasting colors of tablecloths and tableware. This will launch the little-known Delboeuf illusion: a normal plate with a usual portion will appear bigger. You will feel as if you have eaten more, even though the portions remained the same. As a result, you will feel sated earlier while getting the same or even smaller amount of calories.
Keep track of your calories.
Keep a diary or use a phone app where you can write down everything you’ve consumed during the day. This will help to control the process of weight loss and help you eat exactly as much as you need.
Read food labels. If you do, you’ll know exactly what you eat and how caloric and healthy it is. Besides, it’ll help you include the correct information in your food journal. Subsequently, the chances of losing weight increase.