If you have indulged on rich food from nearly every country in the world between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (like I have, ha)–
–Then these simple tips are great reminders on how to slim your diet to start off the new year right.
12 Simple Weight Loss Tips:
1.) When you’re a little hungry, especially between meals, ask yourself first: Could I have some fruit?
How about a salad or a veggie with light dressing, or just a drizzle of butter or olive oil?
There’s a reason fruit is zero points on Weight Watchers, as well as no points for most low carb steamed or raw veggies, especially the green ones.
They just fill you up with a lot of fiber and nutrition and the more servings of these you can add into your day, the better.
2.) If my answer is “No, I need protein,” I may add some lean chicken or turkey to a green salad with low fat ranch or Ceasar dressing…
Or do lean protein between meal snacks like turkey with a little hummus, avocado or cheese rolled up (psst: mustard is also a free food) or salsa with chopped cucumbers and fat free feta cheese.
3.) I don’t do no carb. If I’m trying to lean out, though, I usually save most of my carbs for dinner, during the day, they can weigh me down.
An exception is a whole grain tortilla, lean protein and cheese wrap for lunch, which really works for me.
I add lettuce and low fat mayo and mustard or another light sauce.
Hot sauce is usually a free food (almost no calories).
If I have pasta out, I try to make a smart choice like angel hair with pomodoro or marinara sauce with shrimp.
I love pesto, but at a restaurant, it’s a splurge item. Pasta cream sauces eating out, just forget it, ha.
4.) Split an entree at big portion restaurants or take half home. The pastas are usually way more than one serving, more like four.
5.) Don’t drink fattening drinks unless it’s really worth it, that includes regular sodas and juices.
Instead, do a few splashes of a 100 percent juice with no sugar added and mix it in sparkling water. I use tart cherry juice and orange water and add Truvia to make it sweet.
6.) Have two to three bites of dessert, one bite is usually around 50-75 calories. That’s enough to experience it.
7.) Ask yourself if you really want something that’s not a great choice.
Ask yourself “Am I really hungry?” That’s helpful for us emotional eaters! Continue reading