5 Proven Ways to Lose Weight at Home
Losing weight–especially if your goal is more than five or 10 pounds–is one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes doing things the easy way is the best way. Making small, simple lifestyle changes in how and what we eat can result in big losses on the bathroom scale.
1. Don’t skip any meals.
Lose weight by eating! Cool diet plan! If you’re serious about losing weight, never go more than five hours without eating. Eat three meals a day and choose a healthy snack between lunch and dinner.
2. Be active or exercise for 30 minutes a day.
This isn’t as painful as it sounds. Walking to the bus stop, taking the steps at work, or actually sweating on a treadmill all count for this half-hour of activity.
3. Drink water instead of soda.
Sweetened drinks–juices, iced tea, and soda–can pack a wallop of 300 calories! Drink water instead. Load up a glass or sipper bottle with crushed ice, fill with water, and add a twist of lemon or lime. Refill all day long.
4. Pack your own snacks.
Instead of raiding the vending machine when hunger strikes at 3 p.m., eat the healthy snack you brought with you from home. Ideas: Pretzels, fruit, carrot sticks, yogurt.
5. Eat dinner at home.
Restaurant food is always good–because someone else does the work! But it’s usually high in fat and calories and comes in much larger portions than we need. Eat out only as a treat. Idea for a great home-cooked meal: Pasta dish with veggies. Add shrimp, tuna, chicken breast, or soy crumbles for protein. It’s fast and easy–and delicious.