6 Simple Ways to Lose Weight
1. Rise and chow
If you think skipping breakfast will help you shed a few pounds, think again. Not eating a
morning meal can actually trick the body into thinking it is starving, which makes it hold on
to fat or cause you to eat more during the day. To keep your metabolism revved and blood sugar
levels steady, eat breakfast within 45 minutes of rising. The healthiest choices contain a
balance of fat, protein, and carbs, such as oatmeal with a handful of nuts or a veggie omelet.
2. Combine carbs
If a carbohydrate wasn’t grown, picked, or harvested, don’t eat it. That means
shunning refined breads, pastas, cakes, and pastries, and choosing good carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, or an apple. And while you’re at it, try to never eat
a carbohydrate by itself. Simply adding a bit of good fat, such as olive oil or lean protein will slow digestion, steady
blood sugar, and keep the body from storing fat.
3. Drink up
Even if all you did was start drinking more
water you would likely lose weight. That’s because the body needs to be fully
hydrated in order to maintain a healthy metabolism. Try drinking about 1/2-ounce (15 ml) of
water per pound of body weight every day, and see the difference.
4. Eat more
If eating more often in order to lose weight sounds too good to be true, listen up. Your body
needs calories in order to burn fat. So, to turn your body into a fat-burning machine, eat
small meals throughout the day. Ideally each mini-meal should consist of lean protein, good
fats, and complex carbohydrates. For example, 4 ounces (113 grams) of chicken, 1 cup (150 grams) of brown rice, and a green salad.
5. Get pumped
You’ve heard that muscle weighs more than fat, but did you know that muscle burns more
calories? That’s right, building lean muscle through weight training causes the body to
burn more calories throughout the day. When combined with regular aerobic exercise, weight
training can help you lose more weight.
6. Cheat a little
You know what they say about all work and no play—well, that goes for weight loss too.
Giving up all the foods you love can backfire and sabotage your efforts. Be sure to allow
yourself a day each week when you indulge in conservative amounts of your favorite foods.
Remember, a serving should be about the size of an average apple.
Linda Knittel, MA, is a nutritional counselor and health writer
specializing in alternative medicine, nutrition, and yoga. She has found that incorporating
plenty of good fat in her six small meals a day has actually helped her become leaner.