1. Learn what a serving size is- A serving of meat or fish should be about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of almost everything else should be able to fit in the palm of your hand. And always remember, when you are full, stop eating.
2. No more Soda - You can save an average of 43,000 calories per year by cutting this habit! It may be difficult to do, so if you find that you are struggling with kicking the habit completely, start by switching to diet sodas. I'm not a fan of diet drinks, however, they are heck of a lot better than regular sodas.
3. Drink a glass of water before you eat a meal- Drink an 8-ounce glass of water prior to eating your meal & it will take the edge of your hunger.
4. Stop circling the parking lot for the closet space- You may even save time on the weekends when at the mall, by parking further. Park & walk people!
5. Take the stairs, not elevator- We've all heard this one before, but did you actually give it a try? I had a client lose 5 lbs. by taking the stairs at her apartment.
6. Avoid the middle of the grocery store- That’s where all of the processed foods are. Instead, try to stick to the edges of the grocery store, where the fresh produce, whole grains, and dairy are.
7. Don't skip breakfast- This is the meal that feeds your body through its most busy… and studies have shown that eating a healthful breakfast helps you lose weight faster. Make sure your breakfast contains plenty of complex carbs (a hearty bowl of oatmeal is the perfect example). If still hungry, you might add some protein (eggs) and vegetables.
8. Hire a Fitness Trainer- One-on-One trainers are more affordable than ever these days. Make sure they are Certified, professional, and that your personalities click.
9. Turn off the t.v. while eating- Turn off the tv and enjoy your meal in the peace and quiet. This will allow you to recognize when you are actually full.
10. Listen to your body- Our brain doesn't register that we are full until 15-20 minutes after eating, which is more than enough time to overeat. Slowwww down while eating, and as mentioned before, avoid distractions such as the tv. Sometimes we overeat because we are distracted.
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