Three Simple Changes for Weight Loss

Photo Credit: Hans Hillewaert CC-BY-SA-3.0 2011

It is difficult to completely overhaul your daily eating habits. If you haven’t started a diet and you aren’t sure where to begin, you are not alone. There is no shortage of fad diets, weight loss pills and so-called miracle powders that promise to melt the weight off. The truth is you have to change the way you eat, some of the foods you eat, and you have to exercise regularly to experience healthy, long-term weight loss. You don’t have to stop eating all the foods you love, but you do have to combine diet and exercise for maximum weight loss and a fit body. There are three simple changes you can make today that can start you on your way to losing weight.

1. Enjoy a bowl of soup before a meal. Broth-based soups are usually low in calories, but big on flavor. Soups like tortilla soup, minestrone or vegetable soup taste delicious and can help fill you up so you eat less. Avoid soups made with heavy creams and canned soups. These soups can be high in fat, sodium and calories. 
2. Choose whole grains over processed flour products. Replace your white bread and crackers with whole grains. Whole grain wheat bread contains fiber and many nutrients your body needs. You will feel more full after eating a whole grain bread than you do when you eat processed white bread. Have a bowl of whole grain oats or buckwheat cereal for breakfast. Whole grains contain the carbohydrates your body needs for energy. 
3. Drink more water. If you normally drink 2 sodas per day, replace one soda with a tall glass of water. Flavor water with fresh lemon or add some frozen fruit, such as blueberries or strawberries, to add natural sugars and flavor your water. Keep your body well hydrated. Your skin will look better and your organs will function more efficiently if your body is properly hydrated. 

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