It’s a new year, which means many people are trying to improve their lives by making better choices and goals. One of the most popular new year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Here, David Reagan discusses seven simple ways to lose weight in 2020 without going on a diet.
Losing a few pounds and maintaining a healthy weight has many benefits. Some of them include lower blood sugar, reduced risk of illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, and a general improvement of your overall energy levels and quality of life.
However, when you research weight loss techniques online, many of them involve diet fads. Rather than producing long-term results, these quick-fix diets don’t actually keep the weight off and many of which are linked to malnutrition. Here are a few ways you can lose weight without having to commit to a diet. These methods include mindful eating, portion control, increasing movement and recognizing that one slip-up isn’t the end of the world. Each strategy has a short heading in bold followed by a description.
- Be Mindful When You Eat
The biggest reason why people tend to overeat is because they don’t pay attention to what they’re eating and how much.
When you’re busy or distracted, it can be difficult to watch what you eat. A good solution for this is to plan ahead and meal prep.
2. Portion Out Your Food
Check the box to see how much food is one serving and portion your food out according to that.
You might be surprised how little food is in a single serving. Then, if you’re still hungry, binge eat as many vegetables as you want to fill up.
3. Move Around More
You don’t have to stick to a vigorous workout routine to exercise more.
Making simple, conscious decisions can make a huge impact. For instance, rather than take the elevator, take the stairs. If a destination is close by, walk instead of drive. Take breaks from your desk job to walk to the bathroom and back.
4. Allow Yourself to Slip Up
Everyone makes mistakes, or, maybe you just need a break. A “cheat day.”
Don’t feel that you always have to live a strict, healthy lifestyle. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but make it a treat, not a regular habit.
5. Add More Greens
Try to add more fresh produce to your regular meals.
It can be little changes, such as replacing your mid-afternoon bag of chips with a bag of celery or just adding a side salad to your dinner.
6. Don’t Eat at Night
After 8 p.m., resist the urge to snack.
Not only is it harder for your digestive system to process food when you sleep, which can keep you up, but it’s also easier to overeat at night.
7. Watch What You Drink
Drinks have calories, too.
So, instead of having that caramel macchiato, perhaps switch it out for a plain coffee. Replace your cola with unsweetened iced tea. And, of course, drink more water.
About David Reagan:
David Reagan is a NASM Certified personal trainer who specializes in weight loss, personalized workout plans, bodybuilding, and nutrition. He caters to high-end clients and executives in Atlanta, Georgia, helping them achieve their fitness goals by accommodating their busy schedules. The client’s needs come first, and David’s fitness plan will set you up on the path to success.