Believe it or not, there’re things that you can do today to make the scale start creeping down as soon as tomorrow. Weight loss isn’t easy but with these tips, you can see it happen for you. It’s a matter of making the right decision one day after another. Your efforts will pay off.
1. Put down Those Chips
One of the things you can do to start seeing weight loss tomorrow is to put down those chips. And while you’re at it, push the salt shaker away at dinner. Salt can make you retain fluids and therefore, weigh more. When you cut some of the salt out of your diet, you’ll probably see a few pounds disappear on the scale. Although this isn’t the same kind of weight as fat that’s been stored, it’s still encouraging to see a loss on the scales.
2. Drink Enough Water
There’re several ways that drinking water can help you achieve weight loss. It helps fight against bloating. It also helps you to eat less. Many times when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water before reaching for a snack and see if your hunger pangs go away. This can help you shave hundreds of calories off a day.
3. Wear a Pedometer
Wearing a pedometer can encourage you to be more active. Even if you work out, it’s a good idea to wear a pedometer to see how active you really are throughout your day. Aim for getting 10,000 steps in a day. If you haven’t got your steps in by the evening, take a walk after dinner. You’d be surprised what a difference walking more each day can make in your weight loss.
4. Swap out Your Snacks
If you’re going to snack, snack smart. Get rid of the chips, ice cream and candy bars and replace them with healthy choices such as fruit, yogurt and low fat string cheese. It’s okay to have a treat on occasion but having them everyday can sabotage your weight loss efforts. The calorie count is going to be much lower in healthy snack options versus than in junk food. You may find it easier to avoid eating junk food if you don’t bring have it in your home in the first place.
5. Write out a Menu
One thing that can start giving you weight loss results very quickly is to plan your menu. Planning a menu helps you to make better decisions about your food choices. When you don’t plan ahead and are deciding on the spur of the moment you’re less likely to make wise food choices. Plan your meals a week or two weeks at a time, whatever amount of time you grocery shop for.
6. Go to Bed Early
Are you surprised at this one? It’s true. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night can drastically affect your ability to lose weight. This article by webmd.com explains this in more detail. If you need more motivation to get in bed at a decent hour, these findings offer that.
7. Prep Your Breakfast
Are your mornings usually a rush? You’re not alone. When you’re rushed and time is short, it’s easy to grab a pack of Pop Tarts or a sugary donut when you get to work. You can get avoid starting your day off wrong by doing a little prep work the night before. Lay out the things you need to make a bowl of oatmeal or hard boil some eggs to grab on your way out the door.
These’re 7 things you can do tonight to start seeing weight loss tomorrow. What tips would you add to this list? I always love to learn from you!