Reader’s Digest put together a list of 40 tips that can help lose weight. A few of which really line up with our spring curriculum.
1. Write down what you eat for one week and you will lose weight. Food logging is very important. Knowing what you put into your body is crucial. With a food log you are able to look at what you ate throughout the day so you don’t over do your calorie intake or you can also see if you’re not eating enough calories. [Studies found that people who keep food diaries wind up eating about 15 percent less food than those who don’t. Watch out for weekends: A University of North Carolina study found people tend to consume an extra 115 calories per weekend day, primarily from alcohol and fat. Then cut out or down calories from spreads, dressings, sauces, condiments, drinks, and snacks; they could make the difference between weight gain and loss.]
2. After breakfast, stick to water. A lot of calories are wasted on drinks. Would you rather drink your calories or eat them? [At breakfast, go ahead and drink orange juice. But throughout the rest of the day, focus on water instead of juice or soda. The average American consumes an extra 245 calories a day from soft drinks. That’s nearly 90,000 calories a year—or 25 pounds! And research shows that despite the calories, sugary drinks don’t trigger a sense of fullness the way that food does.]
3. Eat water-rich foods and you’ll eat fewer calories overall. [A body of research out of Pennsylvania State University finds that eating water-rich foods such as zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers during meals reduces your overall calorie consumption. Other water-rich foods include soups and salads. You won’t get the same benefits by just drinking your water, though. Because the body processes hunger and thirst through different mechanisms, it simply doesn’t register a sense of fullness with water (or soda, tea, coffee, or juice).]
The full list has some great tips!
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