This Weight Loss Hack Will Leave You Speechless
When it comes to losing weight, you really don’t need a trendy diet. All you have to do, is control the environment that you’re in. It’s true — WebMD agrees that this weight loss hack is a surefire way to help you cut down on calories. Not sure how this method actually works? We broke down how controlling your environment can help you lose weight. Some of these factoids may surprise you.
Plan where to do your grocery run
That’s right — where you shop has an effect on your weight loss plan. Big stores are more likely to tempt you with fatty foods and sugary delights, even if you have a list all written out. Fitness Magazine suggests doing some of your shopping online or at a local market so you can search for the healthier eats you need without the distraction.
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Avoid certain aisles at the store
There is a list of things we simply can’t buy at the farmer’s market, which means braving the big grocery store with the exquisite bread display and the candy bars by the checkout stand. When this happens, it is imperative to steer clear of any aisle you don’t have to go down, which will help you be less tempted. If your store has a self-checkout lane, opt to use it every time. (As Fitness Magazine points out, there are typically fewer goodies on display by the self-checkout.)
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Stay out of the kitchen
For many people, the kitchen is a social hub in their household. But if you want to lose weight, you will have to alter your environment and spend less time there. Even if you hang out in the kitchen to work, surf the internet, or chat, you will inevitably end up eating. USA Today even goes so far as to suggest keeping less-comfortable chairs in the kitchen so you are less likely to stay in theirs.
Next: But for when you are in the kitchen …
Keep sweets hidden
As we previously stated, you don’t have to go on a trendy diet to lose weight. And that means you shouldn’t have to completely deprive yourself of the occasional dessert item or evening cocktail. Just make sure that those things aren’t as easy to access as the rest of your food. Rearrange your pantry and refrigerator so that your healthier eats are the first things you see.
Next: When it’s time to retire for the evening …
‘Close’ the kitchen at night
Surely you have heard this many times before, but it warrants being repeated. Eating late at night — especially the unhealthy eats associated with late night snacking — will wreak havoc on your weight loss plan. (Plus, eating too close to bedtime can cause health issues, like acid reflux.) The best solution? Eat enough at dinner time, and then “close” your kitchen down at the end of the night.
Next: For controlling your environment during the day …
Get off the couch
The occasional day of binge-watching TV won’t kill you. But regularly vegging on your couch makes your weight loss goals less attainable. But you don’t have to get a fancy gym membership or take up mountain climbing if you’re regularly a couch potato. All you have to do is change your environment by going for a walk , or even tidying up the house. “Even participating in modest activity burns a few extra calories and gets blood circulating throughout your body,” Chron.com tells us.
Next: If you choose to get out of the house …
Go places where food isn’t readily available
Changing your environment may include getting out of your house and running errands. If this is the case, then you’ll probably be passing by bakeries, fast food chains, and other eateries that will tempt you with calorie-laden snacks. If you know that mall food courts and drive-thru French fries are going to do you in, you should do you best to avoid walking, jogging, driving, etc, by these places.
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Keep a healthy snack on hand
The best way to keep from eating something loaded with calories is to always have a better alternative on hand. So when calorie-heavy foods invade your environment, having something packed with fiber or protein can keep you satisfied. Check out Eating Well‘s list of go-to snacks for weight loss.
Next: Sometimes, ending up in this environment just can’t be helped.
Be mindful of what restaurants you go to
When it comes to losing weight, it’s best to cut back on eating out as much as possible. That being said, we don’t always the luxury of cooking a lavish meal or hosting people for dinner, and a restaurant will do. So when it comes to picking a restaurant, be mindful of what the menu is, and make sure there are healthier options to keep you from ordering the most fattening dish.
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Avoid ‘big portion’ places
If you’re taxed with a restaurant becoming your environment, it’s better if that place isn’t known for having larger than life portions. (Which will tempt you to over-eat, and subsequently take in more calories.) It’s also smart to try avoiding going to any buffet style eateries, where the tendency is to load up your plate with way more food than you need. If you end up with a large group at a buffet, get an overview of the entire spread before you choose to avoid overflowing your plate.
Next: When it comes to eating food in the comfort of your home …
Cut back on takeout
A quick and easy meal is tempting after a long day. It’s also a good way to load up on calories. Make your environment more weight loss friendly by getting rid of things that will tempt you to order takeout. Toss the takeout menus that are attached to your refrigerator, and move all the emails from delivery services to your spam folder. You’ll be less tempted that way.
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Keep water nearby
You may feel silly having water next to you at all times. But it’s actually a key to helping you lose weight. A couple chugs throughout the day can help you stay full. On top of being an appetite suppressant, regularly drinking agua also boosts your metabolism.
Next: While we’re talking about liquids …
Beware of cocktail hour
A glass of wine or a tasty spirit with friends can be the best way to end your day or engage in a social event. But sadly, alcohol and juice mixers are basically liquid calories, and may be wrecking your weight loss plan. And sadder still, is that a “lower calorie beverage” isn’t always an option. It’s better to control your environment and limit the amount of time you spend in bars and other alcohol-fueled establishments. (Even if your friends and acquaintances insist.)
Next: And while we’re talking about friends …
Know who your unhealthy friends are
No, we aren’t telling you that your friends are toxic if they don’t eat as healthy as you do. However, it has been found that even our closest friends can sabotage our weight loss efforts. If this is the case, suggest activities that don’t involve shoveling food or alcohol into your faces. This may even tempt your friend to rethink how they eat as well.
Next: When your social calendar is full …
Snack before you go to a social gathering
It happens to everyone: A calendar full of holiday parties, football-viewing shindigs, and a plethora of other social events. Big social events typically mean fattening appetizers — a no-no if you’re on the weight loss train. You can cut down on the impulse to devour every unhealthy snack in sight by having a healthy and filling snack before attending your event. This will help you feel satisfied, even when your environment is full of temptation.
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