Four Simple Tricks That Can Help You Lose Weight

It’s a pain to lose weight and even more of a pain to count every calorie that you put into your body. It’s a tedious process and you can’t always find the time or resources to be able to do so. Fortunately, while counting your calories is indeed an effective way to make sure that you’ll lose weight, it isn’t all that necessary.

In other words, there are certain tricks which can help you lose weight just as efficiently as counting calories. A few general rules to follow when losing weight are to control your hunger, cut out hidden calories and eat healthier foods. Apart from that, these following tricks might help as well.

Drink More Water/Fluids

This is the most obvious one and most often the one people forget. Don’t drink water only when you’re thirsty because thirst is your body’s way of saying that you’re already dehydrated. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger because your body is used to absorbing liquids through the food you eat. Drink a glass of water every 30 minutes and your appetite is sure to calm down a bit.

Don’t Drink Your Calories

This means no sodas and no (or less) sugar in your coffee and tea. Besides being bad for your teeth, these unhealthy sugary drinks are often the number one reason you can’t shake those few extra pounds. They have a tremendous impact on your total calorie intake, as just a single glass of coke can contain up to 27 grams of sugar.

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Choose Nutrient Dense Foods, Not Calorie Dense Ones

Nutrient dense foods are far more likely to make you feel full than purely caloric foods. You might’ve heard of the term “empty calories.” This refers to low-quality foods such as fast food that is packed with calories but has very few nutrients and because of this, it will make you feel full for shorter periods of time. Some nutrient dense foods you can choose include cauliflower (instead of potatoes, for example), greek yogurt (instead of mayonnaise) and vegetable fries.

The “Hands-On” Rule

Quantity is just as important as quality when you’re looking to have a balanced meal. Fortunately, there’s a simple little rule you can follow that tells you just how much food of each type you should have. It goes like this: “a palmful of protein” (a palm-sized portion of protein), “a fistful of carbs” (use the size of your fist to portion out your carbohydrates), “two fistfuls of veggies” (because vegetables are less calorie-dense, you can and should have more of them) and “two thumbs of fats.”

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