Weight loss isn’t easy – if it was, I wouldn’t be seeing a billion different diet plans and products available for sale (all waste of money, by the way). To truly lose weight, it’s all about a change in lifestyle – there are no quick fixes – sounding tough already, huh?. But the good news is, even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to losing weight. Here are 13 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.
1. Don’t skip breakfast
Don’t skip breakfast. It is important to start up your metabolism. Hunger sets in long before it’s time for lunch, so those who haven’t had breakfast often reach for snacks that are high in fat or sugar.
2. Eat your carbs earlier in the day
It is easier to digest carbs earlier in the day. So while it is important to eat a balanced diet, keeping your carb heavy meals at breakfast will help you stay fit.
3. Use the stairs
Taking the stairs can shrink your waist by almost 2% in 12 weeks (that’s for a normal flight of stairs you have in your home).
4. Understand your cravings
When you think you’re craving candy, you may just be craving sugar. Eating a piece of fruit can eliminate this quickly. The more you know about what your body really wants, the more likely you are to find a healthy alternative and feel satisfied.
5. Eat your calories
Don’t waste calories by drinking them. Chewing triggers satiety, so you may take in 15% fewer calories than if you eat your apple instead of drinking its juice.
6. Find a way to drink more water
You’ve been told a million times to drink water but that doesn’t make it any easier to remember while you’re busy. So link your sips to something you do often, for example whenever you check your email. This will keep you full all day and make sure you get the amount you should have.
7. Remember to drink a glass of water before meals
Often when you think you’re hungry you’re actually just thirsty. Try to stop yourself from going for the bread by drinking water instead. It will also help you digest your food better.
8. Stand and work, instead of sitting
There are tons of benefits from getting a standing desk, one being that you’ll lose weight.
9. Keep healthy snacks available at all times
Fail to plan, plan to fail. Make sure you have food options with you to cut down on vending machine adventures.
10. Skip soda, drink green tea instead
A study for The Journal of Nutrition found that green tea decreases body fat. It’s also a great way to get calorie-free caffeine.
11. Slow down when eating
By eating slowly you are able to give your stomach time to digest. So you’re more likely to know when you are full and stop eating.
12. Sneak in more vegetables into your meals
You know what most diets boil down to? Three words: Eat more vegetables. That might not be a simple mind hack, but you can trick yourself into eating more vegetables by doubling the veggies in any recipe.
13. Go easy on yourself
Obsessing over losing weight can become counterproductive. Stress does crazy things to your body and you will have a harder time losing weight if you stress about it. So stay calm and eat clean.