Chasing children, working full time and greeting the day to a pile of dirty laundry leaves little time to ponder weight loss. However, one mom found a way to dig herself out from underneath daily drudgery to finally achieve weight loss goals.
What did it take to find success? While there was an ah-ha moment, Jamie Bell credits a number of strategies to helping her lose 105 pounds, USA Today reports. Beyond her tips, you can also integrate other strategies to help you reach your weight loss goals.
1. Only keep healthy food in the house
If junk food isn’t in the pantry, you can’t grab it during a moment of weakness. Healthy food ideas include low sodium soup, nut butters, canned beans, Greek yogurt and eggs.
Next: Prep produce for easy snacking.
2. Dice fruit and vegetables for a quick snack
Produce can go bad if prepping seems like too much work. Dice snacks so all you have to do is grab and go. “We’ve all done that thing where we buy a cartful of beautiful produce only to let it die in the fridge and throw it out a week later,” Jamie Bell, mother of three who lost 105 pounds said to USA Today.
Next: Write it down
3. Keep a food journal
Those who maintained a food diary lost twice as much weight than those who did not, WebMD reports. However, writing down every bite can be daunting if you are busy. Consider using an online food journal like the 21 Day Fix Tracker, Calorific, and Lose It!
Next: Try a meal plan.
4. Join a weight loss program
Bell joined Weight Watchers, but a bevy of weight loss plans are available to meet just about anyone’s needs. Dieters may have an unrealistic view of portion sizes, which makes pre-determined or pre-packaged meal plans ideal, especially if you don’t have time to measure and prepare food.
Consumer Affairs evaluated and ranks plans here.
Next: This genius idea was the key to Bell’s weight loss.
5. Schedule your weight loss program
If you are constantly pressed for time, schedule your workouts, grocery shopping trips and times when you plan to prepare healthy snacks. Scheduling your weight loss program ensures you complete certain tasks like working out and eating healthy foods.
Next: Plan to eat most of your calories earlier in the day
6. Eat earlier in the day
Consume your food earlier in the day because the body is more efficient at digesting and metabolizing nutrients earlier, CNN reports. “These different metabolic processes ebb and flow at different times of the day, and they play a role in how your body metabolizes food energy, which ultimately affects your weight, cholesterol levels and blood sugar control — and so it has tremendous implications for what is considered optimal times for eating,” Tamara Duker Freuman, a nutritionist, told CNN.
Next: Unfortunately you may need to hop on the wagon.
7. Reduce or cut the booze
Despite recent research that drinking alcohol can help you live longer, boozing won’t do your waistline any favors. Although the sugar in mixers and alcohol are the main culprits for weight gain, dropping your guard while drinking could lead to consuming “not so healthy” food.
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