Tricks for Weight Loss I Have Picked Up Along The Way

Over the years I have picked up some pretty bad habits that I had to kick to the curb. I would allow myself to eat really bad food late at night and would usually go without eating breakfast, just to give an couple examples. It wasn’t until I made some real changes in my life, did I see a difference in my weight and my health. Here are just a few tricks and tips to help you.

Tips While Shopping At A Grocery Store

While shopping at a grocery store, try to stick to the outer section of the store only. You will find almost all of your food necessities here (meat, dairy, vegetables/fruits) while staying away from all of the junk food that you find in the inner aisles. Of course, I’m not saying don’t get what you need in the aisles, but try this out and see if it works for you

Rules For Late Night Eating 

You really shouldn’t eat before bed, but it doesn’t mean don’t grab a light healthy snack before bed if you are hungry. Night-time binge eating is probably one of the worst things you can do to your body (I have found that usually night binge eating after a night of drinking go hand-in-hand) but if you’re hungry, then grab an apple or some veggies with a little bit of low-fat dressing to snack on. Your stomach will thank you in the morning!

Breakfast – The Most Important Meal Of The Day

Speaking of morning, don’t EVER skip breakfast. We have all heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they aren’t saying it just to say it. You need to get your metabolism going and the only way you can do that is by eating a nutritious and healthy breakfast. One of my favorites is homemade oatmeal. I make mine with ¼ cup of Old Fashioned Quaker oats or steel oats, , ½ cup of almond milk (you can substitute with fat-free milk), blueberries (any fruit can be used but make sure to use in moderation), a little squeeze of honey and cinnamon. If I don’t go for that, then I will have a boiled egg and apple slices with raw almond peanut butter. I like to get a decent amount of protein and always eat a piece of fruit in the morning time.

Side Salads Will Become Your Best Friend

I have found that eating a side salad helps me keep my portions small. Try to eat a side salad to fill up your belly instead of loading your plate with carbs and too much meat. Now when I say salad, I am not saying pack on a ton of cheese, croutons and the fattiest dressing you can find. Make it a healthy salad; maybe some mixed greens with beets (Check out my article: Feeding the Brain, Super Food for a Super Memory), broccoli, tomatoes, a small amount of low-fat feta, and bell peppers, this is a perfect side salad. Really you can add almost any type of vegetable you like and as much as you want because most vegetables do not contain fat and are healthy for you. Try to stay away from starchy veggies like corn, potatoes, chickpeas, just to name a few. Instead of dressing, just squeeze some lemon on top and you will find that you won’t really miss salad dressing. I also love to use balsamic or white vinegar as a dressing.

Let me know if any of these tips work for you or if you have any tips of your own, I would love to hear them.