Simple Steps Help You Lose Weight
Welcome to my Simple Steps Help You Lose Weight blog post. Have you noticed that glasses, plates and silverware are larger now than they used to be?
Drink one half your ideal body weight in fluid ounces of pure water everyday. Do not include fluids that are not pure water. The color of your urine in the toilet will tell you if you are hydrated. Your urine should look either very light yellow or almost clear. If your urine is dark yellow, you are not hydrated and your health will be affected. Many times a person will reach for something to eat when their body is actually thirsty for water.
Serving utensils are also much larger than a Tablespoon. I have noticed myself piling on a nice looking dish on my plate with these large serving utensils. By using smaller serving spoons, we can reduce the amount of food we put on our plates.
When you go to a church fellowship meal you will notice that the serving spoons are quite large. There is a way to help yourself eat less and not feel deprived. Downsize the glasses, plates and silverware you use to put less food on your plate. Only use 8 fluid ounce glasses instead of the 16-32 ounce glasses that are common today. You will have a plate full of food on the smaller plate so you won’t feel like you are hungry because you did not get enough to eat.
One key to longevity that a group of people aged 100 and over shared is to quit eating when you are 80 percent full. This reduces the amount of food you eat and reduces the amount of work your body needs to do to digest and utilize the nutrients in the food.
If you drink alcohol, downsize the glass that you drink wine in to keep you from filling up a large glass. Alcohol is very high in calories and is not conducive to weight loss. The calories are ’empty’ and there is no nutritional benefit derived from alcohol use. You can eat muscadine grapes to get the health benefits and anti aging properties of resveratrol.
Have you ever broken your dominant arm or wrist? I did many years ago and had to learn how to use a fork and spoon with my left hand. Try slowing down when you eat your meals by eating with your left hand if you are right-handed and of course right hand if you are left-handed. You won’t be able to eat as fast and you can chew your food slower.
If you have a family, sit down at a table and share during meal time. This will allow you to enjoy meals together. If you are single, don’t sit in front of a television and eat. Focus in on your food and enjoy seeing, smelling and tasting your food. Make meal time a pleasurable experience.
I remember being able to sit out on a screened porch as a child and young adult when visiting my grandparents. It was fun to be outside eating and not worry about the mosquitoes or bugs that are prevalent in the southeastern part of the country. Being outside at picnics or porches is a way to be present with the world while enjoying a meal.
Use a 15 minute meditation practice before your breakfast and supper each day. By taking time out of our hectic world and being silent to focus in and be mindful of our bodies, we can greatly diminish the need for over indulging in food, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. Do some deep breathing and use a ‘mantra’ to help you focus in on your body during your silent meditation.
Drink some Organic Apple Cider Vinegar ( ACV ) everyday. Studies show that ACV helps alkalize the body. ACV also helps the body break down fats instead of storing them. People also notice improved bowel movements and regularity which helps the body remove toxins.
My weight loss journey began in 2000 when I needed to lose 60 pounds to get to my ideal body weight. I gave up white sugar, white flour, donuts, junk food and sodas and moved towards a vegetarian diet. The weight came off quickly and I have been right at my target weight since 2001. I use daily exercise and many other tips that I share in my website to stay healthy, trim and fit as I age.
Be aware that I am not a licensed medical provider and my FDA disclaimer is found on the bottom right of all my websites pages. I have had excellent results with fitness & wellness and promote products & services that I believe in. By taking effective action and using common sense, I am prescription free and living an abundant life of wellness.
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