- Pile a large serving of fruit or vegetables on your plate and eat that first. Really--just get them out of the way. This serves two purposes: good nutrition plus if you fill up on fruits/vegetables, you probably won't eat as much of the bad stuff on your plate. Trust me, if I gobbled up my other food first, I might feel too full to eat the healthier stuff.
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Vegetables are better for you than fruits due to the high sugar content in fruits.
- Portion control. Pretty simple, if it is not on your plate, you won't eat it.
- When eating out, save a portion of your meal for lunch the next day.
- Start each day with a good, high protein breakfast.
- Feeling hungry? Drink a glass of water. I have read that one of the first signs of dehydration is feeling hungry.
- Read labels. You can learn a lot. There is a lot of fat and calories in some surprising places.
- Find fitness in the most unusual places. I do squats while I dry my hair in the morning. When sitting on the floor playing with the kids, throw in a couple leg lifts. Stand up from your desk and do a minute of jumping jacks. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk fast when going from your car to your office. It all adds up.
- Get up in the morning and do 3 minutes of exercise. Include jumping jacks, sit-ups, and push-ups. Just three minutes a day can make a difference.
- Know you are going out to that restaurant that has a fat and calorie-loaded meal you just can't resist? Offset it by eating well all day and the next day.
- Realize that eating a lot high-fat foods tends to make you crave more fatty foods. This summer, I was tempted to eat ice cream for dessert every night when my daughters had it. Next thing I knew, I was craving potato chips and other bad stuff and I packed on 5 pounds very fast. Having a bowl of ice cream just every now and then does not lead to these cravings in me.
- Make sure your snacking on healthy foods that will provide long lasting energy so you don't feel hungry so soon.
- Realize that it is OK to feel hungry sometimes. Drink a glass of water. Eat an apple or banana. Many times, it will pass after a bit.
- Don't diet. Make healthy lifestyle changes instead. If I want to lose a few pounds, I simply make changes in my habits--one at a time. I like to add positive changes, like eating leafy greens several times a times a week. As I put more positive changes in, the negative behaviors fade out.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Tips for Staying Thin from a Thin Woman
People often tell me that I am naturally thin. What they don't realize is that I have incorporated things into my lifestyle that have kept me thin without dieting. I have found that other friends who are thin often do the same things. Thin people have some habits that allow them to stay thin. I thought I would share a few of mine with my readers.