Eat Eggs In the Morning: Research has shown eating eggs for breakfast can make you feel more full and help you eat fewer calories throughout the day, meaning they’re quite the secret weapon for weight loss. Nutritionally speaking, one large hard-boiled egg (about 50 grams) contains less than one gram of carbs and remains an excellent source of protein. Eggs are also loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, and healthy fats.
Skip The Bread Basket
There are no denying dinner rolls are delicious, but when dining out, instead of carb-loading so early on in the meal, steer clear of the bread basket and order a leafy green salad instead. If the breadbasket is still too tempting to avoid, try munching on a high-fiber snack before leaving the house, such as a handful of nuts.
The fiber found in nuts will keep you satiated, meaning you won’t be as easily induced to reach for the bread and butter, and you’ll be swapping out unhealthy fats for healthy ones. It’s a win-win!
If Drinking, Stick To Wine
Much like drinking your coffee black, it’s important to keep your drink orders as simple as possible. A CDC study found that the average adult consumes about 100 calories worth of alcohol daily, but favoring a glass of wine instead of beer or sugary cocktails can drastically reduce that figure and make your waistline slimmer.
In addition to having fewer calories than most alcoholic beverages, red wine, in particular, contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that is believed to have heart health benefits because it helps prevent blood vessel damage and reduces your ‘bad cholesterol.’ Just remember to imbibe in moderation.
Watch Your Screen Time
Research first linked TV watching to obesity more than 25 years ago, and since then additional research has been done to indicate how screen time in general (time spent in front of computers, iPods, etc.) can contribute to weight gain.
Since watching TV or surfing the Internet during a meal can be distracting, a Harvard study found it tends to lead people to eat more and thus consume more calories. Instead, experts advise unplugging during mealtime so you can focus on what you are eating, that way you won’t overeat and you’ll know when you’re full.
Wear Jeans To Work
If your dress code allows, wear jeans to work. A study by the American Council on Exercise found that casual clothing. As opposed to traditional business attire can increase physical activity levels in one’s daily routine.
Participants in the study took an additional 491 steps and burned 25 more calories, on days. They wore denim than when wearing traditional work attire. In fact, even just donning denim on Casual Friday can make an impact.
Researchers say keeping it casual just once a week could slash 6,250 calories over the course of the year. Enough to offset the average annual weight gain (0.4 to 1.8 pounds) experienced by most Americans.
Try A Standing Desk
Speaking of work, it’s no secret that being chained to a desk all day is bad for your overall health. However, simply standing at a desk as opposed to sitting has been shown to contribute to weight loss.
Researchers found standing burns about 54 calories over a six-hour day. And although that might not sound like much, those calories accumulate quickly. At that rate, you can burn over 1,000 calories a month just by staying on your feet.
Turn Down The Thermostat
Believe it or not, a myriad of studies have shown that simply turning down. the thermostat by a few degrees. It can help you lose weight because cooler temperatures force the body to work harder to stay warm.
For a Japanese study, participants were exposed to 63 degrees two hours a day for six weeks. At the study’s end, their average body fat mass decreased by about five percent.
Get Your Heart Pumping Each Day
Even if you don’t have time to hit the gym. Getting your heart pumping each day can contribute to weight loss. Whether it’s taking the dog for a morning walk or using the stairs instead of the elevator. Increasing your heart rate even briefly each day will keep your body healthy and in shape. Thus reducing unwanted weight gain.
Though it may sound silly, the color of your dishware and the color of your food can determine whether you eat more or less. Per a recent study from Cornell University. Diners actually serve themselves more food if the color of their food matches the color of their plate.
In other words, if you’re eating from a white plate. You’re more likely to help yourself to more rice or pasta. Conversely, if your goal is to eat less, select plates that have high contrast with what you plan to serve for dinner.
Purchase Smaller Dishes
Speaking of dishes, purchasing smaller ones can also help you keep your weight in check because smaller dishes mean smaller portion size.
By filling up a smaller plate, you can actually trick your brain into thinking it’s consuming more calories. Than it would if the same amount of food was placed on a larger dish. 🙂 🙂