It’s been said that it’s easier to change a person’s religion than their diet. It’s no wonder that people jump from diet to diet. Dieting just doesn’t work for most people. So the question I’m often asked is, “How can I lose weight without dieting?” I gave this a lot of thought and I’ve compiled a list of 10 keys that will slim your body. Here they are:
Get Slim Key #1: Cut Food Proportions. If you were to start cutting your food portions by 10% to 20% I guarantee you will lose weight. That’s because most of the food portions served in restaurants and even at home are bigger than you need. So what happens when all that food is sitting on your plate? You feel compelled to eat it. Pull out the measuring cups to get a handle on your usual portion sizes, and work on paring them down. Another tip is to use small bowls, plates, and cups.
Get Slim Key #2: Control Your Environment. If you go to a party or an “All You can Eat” restaurant, then you will feel tempation to eat more than you should. So what you need to do is one of two things. You either avoid the places where high calorie, tempting foods will be served or you eat a snack before arriving and drink lots of water while there.
Get Slim Key #3: Be Careful with Liquid Calories. Studies have shown that children who drink a lot of juice may become overweight. And the same logic applies to you. If there’s a certain drink that you often order, do some research first and find out how many calories are in it and then decide if ordering that drink in the future is really worth it. Then explore other options. Satisfy your thirst with water, sparkling water with citrus, skim or low-fat milk, or small portions of 100% fruit juice. Try a glass of low-calorie vegetable juice to hold you over if you get hungry between meals.
Get Slim Key #4: The Fork Trick. This is a simple weight loss technique that pays off handsomely. When eating, in between each bite you take – put your fork down. This will slow your rate of eating down and you won’t shovel as much food into your mouth. It’s simple, obvious but effective. Develop the habit and see for yourself.
Get Slim Key #5: Moderate Fasting. Many cultures practice some form of fasting. And for some people it’s part of a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest advantages of fasting is that it can help you lose weight fast and it can discipline your cravings for food. Fasting also tends to detox the body, which is another bonus. You need to check with your doctor and do research on “moderate fasting” to lose weight before you start.
Get Slim Key #6: Live with Not Feeling Full. You can train your body to accept the feeling of not always feeling full. Put another way, trying eating till you’re only 80% full and learn to be comfortable with that feeling.
Get Slim Key #7: Smaller Dishes. If you use smaller plates, cups, and utensils and don’t go back for seconds, you will undoubtedly lose weight.
Get Slim Key #8: Eat Breakfast Every Day. One habit that’s common to many people who have lost weight and kept it off is eating breakfast every day. Many people think skipping breakfast is a great way to cut calories, but they usually end up eating more throughout the day. Studies show people who eat breakfast have lower BMIs than breakfast-skippers and perform better, whether at school or in the boardroom. A good breakfast to start with is yoghurt with cereal flakes or a bowl of whole-grain cereal topped with fruit and low-fat dairy for a quick and nutritious way to start your day.
Get Slim Key #9: Discover Why You Overeat. To solve a problem you must get to the root of it. Same with weight loss. You’re going to need to do self-analysis, perhaps even brainstorm with a caring person to find what impels you to eat more than you should. Then once you discover why, correct it.
Get Slim Key #10: Do Not Eat in Front of the TV. Actually you should not eat in front of the TV or computer. When you sit in front of a TV or computer, you can slip into a subtle trance while you eat. When this happens you’ll usually eat far more than you should and this results in extra calories. So make TV and the computer a food free zone. However, if you absolutely have to eat in front of the TV or computer then use the above techniques of eating smaller food portions, and using smaller bowls and plates.
Now that you know these ten keys to getting slim, what does this mean for you? For starters it means you don’t have to force yourself to follow diets – you now have freedom from diets. Plus you won’t waste money on the latest diet book being peddled. I have given you a complete toolkit of techniques that will make your body slimmer. It’s up to you to try them, will you?