10 Ways to Lose 10lbs Without Dieting
Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner so we thought we we would put together some top tips for 10 ways to lose 10lbs without dieting.
If you are like us then you’re probably looking in the mirror and wondering how to shift the extra layers you’ve gained during the winter months.
On the plus side, at this time of year our motivation is at its highest. Whether you have booked a beach holiday or have a special occasion coming up, you want to look and feel our best. But for most people the thought of having to follow a strict diet and exercise regime to shift those unwanted pounds is not realistic. Work, family commitments and busy lives often prevent us from achieving our goals.
One of the most common questions we get asked by our clients is “How can I lose 10 pounds without dieting?” To lose weight we need to burn more calories than we eat and there are lots of small, simple changes we can make to our lifestyle habits that can all add up to helping you achieve your perfect weight. Here’s our top 10 tips to help shift those stubborn 10lbs.
Check your portion sizes
Most of us eat huge portions that would feed 2 people. One of the simplest ways to lose weight is to reduce your portion size. Try using a side plate instead of a large plate and aim to have half your plate full of vegetables, whilst saving a quarter each for protein and healthy carbs.
Hydration is key
The human body is approximately 60% water and every system depends on water to function properly. But what most people don’t know is that research shows, people who drink lots of H2O lose more weight than those who don’t. We recommend drinking 2.5 litres every day. This can include sparkling water, tea, coffee, herbal teas, flavoured water etc.
Track your calories
There are loads of Apps available these days to track your calories. We love MyFitnessPal. By recording the food and drink you consume each day, it makes you accountable to yourself. You’ll be amazed to see how many calories your favourite food has! Set a calorie or weight loss goal and track your progress.
Cut out sugar
A teaspoon of sugar is 15 calories or more if it’s heaped! If you are a tea belly like us then its easy to see those calories add up over the course of the day. Swap your sugar for a natural sweetener such as Stevia for a sweet 0 calorie alternative.
Swap your Starbucks
Did you know a medium Latte from Star bucks has 223 calories, a few of these each week could add up to an extra 1000 calories. Swap to a Skinny Cappuccino for 82 calories or even better an Americano for 17 calories!!
Cut the CRAP
Everyone knows this but snacking on crisps, chocolate, cakes, pastries, sweets, etc is a complete NO NO if you want to lose weight. Swap these calorie laden snacks for fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts. Stay sane by having the occasional treat.
Take away the Takeaways
Most of our clients tell us they have at least 1 takeaway a week. Takeaways are like a heart attack in a plastic container. They contain huge amounts of calories, fat, sugar and salt, with most meals coming in between 1,000 – 1,600 calories. Enough said!!
Monitor your activity and daily steps
Activity monitors such as FitBit are a fun way to help you to be more active during the day. The recommended number of steps per day is 10,000.
Exercise with a friend
Finding time to socialise and exercise can be difficult so why not do both together! Whether its meeting for a country walk or to giggle your way through Zumba. Not only is this good for your health, it’s also great for lifting your mood.
Get your Z’s
Good quality sleep is important for weight loss. Research shows that you are more likely to make unhealthy food choices when you don’t get enough sleep, compared to when you do.
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