New York City was stopped from regulating the size of the drinks sold to consumers. Mississippi just passed a bill saying it is illegal for cities or counties to dictate the size of helpings sold in restaurants. If you want to lose weight or increase your wellness, don’t count on the “Big Gulp police ” to do it for you; this is one thing you have to do on your own. That’s OK, because there are several steps that you can take that will improve your health and help you to lose some of that extra weight and the good news is, they do not need to be done every day. If you find dieting and exercise boring, here is a list of great ideas that can make a difference in your life and you can pick and choose which you want to do, how often you want to do them or, even better, put them on slips of paper and choose one or two a day. No one says you can’t make a game of it and actually enjoy getting healthy.
Start With Water
We all know water is really good for us, but many of us still do not drink enough of it. Drinking one 20 ounce bottle or two 10 ounce glasses of water before a meal will fill you up enough so that you won’t eat as much at one time. Try drinking water before a meal once or twice a day and you will see and feel positive results rather quickly. You can also substitute water for one sugary drink a day, or better yet, make water your main liquid one day a week. You will actually find your restaurant bills are much lower when you order a glass of ice water with your meal instead of any other drink. Don’t worry, restaurants filter their water before giving it to you to drink and water is free in most restaurants if it does not have to come in a bottle.
Cut The Carbs
How many carbohydrates do you eat on a regular basis? It is almost impossible to go without carbs, but you can severely cut down on them if you go a minimum of one day a week with no bread, pasta or potatoes. Make a list of the major foods you eat that are high in carbohydrates and cut down or cut them out.
White Meat Instead Of Beef
If you are a meat and potatoes person or love to eat hamburgers regularly, not only are you eating a lot of carbohydrates, you are eating a lot of red meat and animal fats and are not only going to gain weight, but you will turn your arteries into something that resembles clogged drains. Fish and poultry are full of protein and much better for you. Again, it does not need to be an everyday thing, but on a day when you would normally be eating red meat, reach for chicken or fish, instead.
Grilled vs. Fried
If you are a big meat eater, meats cooked over an open fire will lose a lot of fats and be not only tastier, but contain less fat per serving.
Pick one day that you can count every calorie and then limit yourself to a certain number; 1000 is a perfect number to maintain weight, 750 is a better number for some weight loss and increasing wellness.
Cut your normal helping sizes in half one or two days a week. Eat all the same foods you normally would, but only eat half the amount you usually do.
Walk Instead Of Eating One Meal
Take yourself for a brisk walk at lunch time instead of eating lunch, once or twice a week. You may just find this one little exercise easily turns into a several times a week activity, in a very short time. Walking is an enjoyable activity and it can wake you up, increase circulation and increase your wellness for the rest of the day.
Pack Your Lunch
If you have a habit of going out to lunch, pack a bag lunch once or twice a week. It will save you money and you can eat a lot healthier and still have some extra time on your hands.
Celery and carrots make great snacks and contain hardly any calories; substitute these for one or two regular snacks of chips, crackers or cookies. Adding super foods into your daily diet can help you increase your intake of antioxidants and improve your kidney health.
If you hate dieting, routines and exercises, these nine ideas can make a great deal of difference in your life and you can use each as often or as seldom as you wish. In need of inspiration? Watch the journey of Joe Cross in his documentary, ‘Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead’, who battled obesity, bought fought it by changing his eating habits and maintained a healthy balanced lifestyle. Experiment and find out which ones are easier to do and which ones you may only want to do occasionally. Each time you do one extra thing that is good for yourself, you are adding a few minutes of health to your life and working toward feeling better, looking better and increasing you own enjoyment of all that life has to offer.