It sounds like it shouldn’t be possible, can you really lose weight without dieting? We give you ten tips to power up your Slender Wonder journey.
1. Time Your Meals
Reinvent yourself as a slow eater. Set a timer for 20 minutes, savour each bite and make your meal last until the timer rings. This is one of the top habits that you can adopt to help you slim. Paced meals offer greater pleasure from smaller portions and allow you to better realise when your body is telling you it is full.
2. Sleep More, Weigh Less
Sleeping an extra hour each night could help a person drop a stone in a year, according to a University of Michigan researcher. His scenario shows that when sleep replaces idle activities, and the usual mindless snacking, you can effortlessly cut calorie intake by 6%. Results would vary for each person, but sleep may help in another way too: there’s evidence that getting too little sleep increases your appetite, making you hungrier.
3. Soup’s On, Weight’s Off
Add a broth-based soup to your day and you’ll fill up on fewer calories. Soup’s especially handy because it slows your eating. Focus on a low-sodium broth, add your favourite vegetables and simmer. There are some great ideas in your Slender Wonder recipe book!
4. Eat at Home
Eat home-cooked meals as often as you can. A Consumer Reports survey found this was a top habit of “successful losers.” Cooking may be easier than you think. Shortcut foods make for quick meals, such as pre-chopped skinless chicken breasts, as well as washed and pre-cut veggies.
5. Eyeball Your Skinny Clothes
Hang a favourite dress, skirt, pair of jeans where you’ll see them every day – this keeps your eye on the prize. Choose an item that is just a little too tight, so you can reach this reward in a relatively short time. Then, when you reach that goal, pull out the next clothing item for the next small, attainable goal.
6. Slip into a Yoga State of Mind
Women who do yoga tend to weigh less, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. They reported a more “mindful” approach to eating. For example, they tend to eat only enough to feel full. Researchers think the calm self-awareness developed through yoga may help people resist overeating.
7. Chew Strong Mint Gum
Chew sugarless gum with a strong flavour when you’re at risk for a snack attack, such as while busy making dinner after work, socializing at a party, watching TV or surfing the Internet. Gum with an extra strong minty flavour overpowers other foods so they don’t taste that good.
8. Shrink Your Plates
Choose a smaller plate instead of a large dinner plate to automatically eat less. Cornell’s Brian Wansink, PhD, found in test after test that people serve more and eat more food with larger dishes. Shrink your plate or bowl to cut out 100-200 calories a day. In Wansink’s tests, subjects reported no hunger or did not notice when the plates were smaller.
9. Get Food Portions Right
Another top habit of slim people is to be militant about portion sizes at mealtimes. After measuring portions a few times, it can become automatic. Make it easier by keeping serving dishes off the table while eating.
10. Burn Another 100 Calories
Lose over 10 pounds in a year by burning an extra 100 calories every day. Try one of these activities:
- Walk a mile, about 20 minutes.
- Get weeding the garden for 30 minutes.
- Rake the lawn for 30 minutes.
- Mow the lawn for 20 minutes.
- Clean your home for 30 minutes.
When you’ve kicked the wine-at-night habit or simply made it through the day without overeating, give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve moved closer to a slimming lifestyle. Get a pedicure, buy a magazine or take some me-time to celebrate!