You know, the end of beach weather should not mean an end to any weight loss and physical fitness efforts. Fall is actually the perfect time to reevaluate annual weight loss goals before the hectic winter holidays.
By combining portion control, calorie reduction, sugar-free foods and beverages with regular exercise, you can lose weight without eliminating certain foods and beverages.
Here are more tips to “fall” into weight loss:
Eat less, more often. Many experts say eating small snacks throughout the day will lead to healthier choices when it comes to the three main meals. Frequently consuming snacks can help keep your blood sugar level steady and your energy up.
- Make simple substitutions. Try preparing foods that are nutritious and satisfying yet low in calories. Reducing the amount of fat and calories in meals can help prevent weight gain. Create healthier versions of favorites by using skim milk instead of whole milk, applesauce in place of oil, or a sugar substitute in place of the sugar in a recipe.
- Enjoy the great outdoors. In many parts of the United States, autumn provides the perfect season for outdoor activity – cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons. Get outside and take advantage of the brisker temperatures by bicycling, hiking, jogging and playing golf or tennis.
- Keep a food journal. It helps to write down all food and beverages consumed throughout the day to get an accurate picture of the number of calories you are consuming. These types of journals can help uncover hidden calories, specify eating patterns, highlight problem areas and, essentially, increase the chances of weight loss success down the road. Visitwww.caloriescount.com for a printable food journal and online calorie calculator.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy choices. Empty those cupboards of high-fat snacks or meals and replace them with nutritious items. Always have cut-up fruits and vegetables on hand and pair them with low-fat yogurt dip for an instant snack or side dish. Having healthy foods readily available makes it easier to work them into your diet.
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