Sometimes there are some aspects in your lifestyle that may be affecting your health and weight more than you realize. This is why health gurus and weight loss experts usually say that losing weight shouldn’t just be a diet, it should be a lifestyle change.
While you don’t necessarily need to overhaul your life just to drop a couple pounds, there are a few things that you could do, small changes you could make so you can drop a couple pounds or maintain your current weight.
Stop Buying Junk Food
Junk food is one of those things that can be the bane of someone’s existence because it’s so good that it’s irresistible…but it’s so bad for you! Fight off temptation—or better yet, just eliminate temptation altogether by removing junk food from your grocery list.
The same works for fast food. When you have a choice, go for the healthier option. If you have to eat out frequently (for work or other reasons), try to bring your own food with you. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also save yourself a lot of grief and cholesterol.
Rethink Your Beverages
One thing that many people may not be aware of is the fact that the beverages they choose to drink with their meals can be very fattening. As a matter of fact, drinking water instead of soda can save you anywhere from 500-1000 calories in a day (or more, if you’re a heavy soda drinker).
Check the labels on your drinks. Sugar is bad, but high fructose corn syrup is even worse—and it’s usually the main sweetener used in sodas (and a million other products) these days. If you really want something with fizz, see if you can find carbonated water or carbonated iced teas/juices. They can be a remarkably good substitute for the high fructose corn syrup you used to have.
Do Your Chores
Even if you are too busy to set aside time for exercise, doing your chores can already be a good substitute. Cleaning can be considered as light exercise. Doing your chores will not only help you be more active and burn more calories, but it will also let you keep a cleaner home.
Make It a Habit to Check Nutrition Facts
Although it’s possible that some foods don’t have nutrition facts attached to them, you should make it a habit to check labels anyway. Look for any signs that the food is too high in salt, sugar, or fat. Looking at the nutritional information of products can also help you not to over eat.
If your food comes in big packs, transfer some to a smaller container so you don’t eat more than the actual serving size you want to eat. It’s easy to keep gorging on food when you don’t know how many calories is in it—but knowing how many calories is in a serving of your food can be ultimately helpful in helping you fit in those jeans.
Chrissy writes for Smart Poppy, Australia’s Premier Cosmetic Discounter. She loves making healthy choices, and most of all, loves fitting in her jeans.