5 Tips and Tricks to Drop a Dress Size Without Dieting (Number 4 will shock you!)
You might find that as you age, managing your weight becomes more of a struggle. What’s more, your friends and family might urge you to just accept your fate and let the bulges build. A part of this notion is true due to the fact that our metabolism slows down with age.
However, you don’t have to just let the pounds pile on and on. At Nutriseed, we’re always on the lookout for innovative ways in which our customers can take better care of their health while maintaining a good weight without depriving themselves of real food.
In this article, we give you our top five tips you can try to help you drop a dress size without going on a crash diet:
1. Snack Better
There was a time when you can snack on sweets and chips without putting on any weight. Nowadays, storing unhealthy foods out of sight (or not buying any at all) is a must. You can eat, yes, but junk food is out.
If you’re prone to snacking, a trail mix is a better alternative, ideally one without salt. You can make your own with the help of Nutriseed’s comprehensive range of nuts, seeds and dried fruits. To learn more, click here. If chips are your weakness, try making your own kale chips. We have the perfect recipe for you to try here.
2. Go For The Grains
White bread and other baked goods tend to contain more refined sugars which can cause you to eat more and absorb more calories. Choosing whole-wheat bread, pasta, crackers and the like can give your body its supply of much-needed fibre which can help you feel full longer.
3. Control Your Environment
Stay away from eat-all-you-can restaurants and buffets. However, if you can’t, be selective when you fill your plate and aim to reduce your portions by 10% to 20%. Before going back to the buffet for more food, remain seated, wait for 20 minutes and drink half a glass of water. Then check to see if you already feel full.
If you’re going to a party, eat a healthy snack beforehand so you won’t feel too pressured to eat. Use the party time to mingle, to catch up with friends and acquaintances instead.
Contrary to popular belief, abstaining from food can be counterproductive. Your brain will take it to mean that you’re starving your body so the next time you do eat, you will crave for more sustenance.
If you want to better manage your weight, go ahead and eat but eat smarter. Dieticians and nutritionists advocate eating every 3 to 4 hours each day consisting of two big meals and light snacks in between. Doing this will help speed up your metabolism, keep your blood sugar levels under control and burn fat easier. Double your intake of vegetables and drink more water while you're at it.
5. Laugh, Dance, Walk and Sleep
Laughing for a good 10 to 15 minutes a day can help you burn more than 50 calories which can add up to 4.4 pounds a year. Plus, laughing gives your facial muscles a much-needed exercise.
Dancing as a form of exercise also makes sense considering how aerobics, Tae Bo, Zumba and other like workouts that call for choreographed movements have gained popularity through the years. All you need is 20 minutes a day for 4-5 times a week of jiving and gyrating (be sure to include movements that involve arm shaking or waving). What’s better, you can do this on your own time and in the comfort of your home.
Although walking is considered a low-impact exercise, it’s still an exercise that can help get your heart pumping. Plus, it’s convenient. All you need is 30 minutes of brisk walking every day and you’re set to lose 150 calories.
Lastly, it might be a challenge but getting 8 full hours of sleep each night can help you lose weight. A well-rested body is able to burn calories and lose weight better than those who sleep for only 6 or 5 hours. This is because your body is making up for the rest it craves by eating so you can keep going despite the fatigue. So, if you can, try your best to get 8 hours of sleep each night. If you need tips to help you improve your sleep, click here.
Losing weight can be a struggle especially if you have the added pressure of a dress size to aim for but it’s not impossible. It may take more time, yes. It may take more work, yes. However, it’s all about being smarter and choosing better when it comes to the food that you eat.
If you make better food choices, you’ll soon find that eating is not to be feared because you’re bound to pile on the pounds. Taking the time to research what you consume and opting for healthier picks will help you better appreciate the fact that you eat because you’re nourishing your body and feeding it all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it needs.
So go ahead and buy that dress you’ve been eyeing. With the help of the tips and tricks in this article, it’s guaranteed to fit you in no time at all.