Dieting doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Losing weight is hard, and making large lifestyle changes can make the journey seem impossible. Luckily, the difference between your current weight and a lower one doesn’t require large lifestyle changes. You can make some minor diet changes that you won’t even notice after the first few weeks of practicing them, and you’ll be surprised by your weight loss over time.
Portion control is one of the biggest hurdles for those trying to lose weight. Your change to your portions doesn’t have to be major, however. Take a slightly smaller serving than usual, even just a bite less. You’ll be just as satisfied from your meal after you’ve done this a few times.
Food Colour Variety
Make sure you’re eating a variety of colons in each of your meals. The thought behind this is that most foods that are colourful are vegetables and fruit, so this small check you do at each meal helps you loosely measure your fruit and veggie intake. Vegetables and fruit are generally lower in calories than carbs and protein, and they provide a variety of helpful nutrients you won’t get otherwise.
Fill Up On a Little Protein
Though it can be calorie dense, protein is great for making you feel full. If you start getting hungry in your day, consider having a small protein-filled snack instead of a full meal. Some good examples of protein snacks are almonds or jerky. Protein snacks are delicious and will usually help tide you over until your next meal.
Food, Not Drinks
It’s surprising how many calories are in the drinks you buy. The average can of soda contains around 150 calories. You can lose a lot of weight from cutting out drinks like these, or you can try replacing your sodas or other caloric beverages with snacks such as almonds or popcorn to feel less hungry throughout the day.
The recipe for a meal might say that a serving is only 300 calories, but this is before any additional ingredients you add in, such as oils, butter, cheese, and more. Try adding fewer of these fats to your cooking for fewer unknown calories. If nothing else, measure these add ins and calculate just how much you’re including calorically so you can take that into account for the rest of your day’s calories.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be a dramatic lifestyle change. Small changes such as having healthy snacks to avoid binge-eating at meals, drinking fewer calories, or eating just a bite less at dinner will cause a small decline in weight over time. Weight loss doesn’t have to be a rush, it can be a slow journey you take one small step at a time with manageable eating changes and goals.