Simple Ways to Increase Weight LossMost weight loss and exercise programs generally begin with a disclaimer to their new recruits that they need to start slow, and make small changes as they begin a fitness regime. Some eager fitness novices may feel disappointed by such a seemingly slow start down the path to being in shape.
But, it is important to realize that dynamite, which can certainly make a big impact if it is ignited correctly, comes in small packages. And, when it comes to getting fit, tweaking just a few daily bad habits can result in big fitness advancements. Here are some easy suggestions for improving behaviors that will support a quest for a healthier life.
Eat a Green Salad Before DinnerStudies have shown that people who enjoy a fresh, green salad before being served their entrees consume far fewer calories overall during the course of the meal. Eating a salad with low-fat dressing before the arrival of the food helps people feeling full faster, and they will consume less of the main course.
Also, eating a salad before dinner gives the extra health benefit of the nutrients from the vegetables. Consider ordering salad dressing on the side to help prevent healthy veggies from being smothered in high-fat dressing.
Use a PedometerAccording to the experts, the optimum number of steps a healthy adult should take in a day is 10,000. A pedometer is a small, discreet device that attaches to a person's shoes or belt. After it is programmed, a pedometer keeps track of the number of steps a person takes in a day. One study found that the typical person was indeed taking well below the number of recommended daily steps, averaging between 3,000 and 4,000 steps.
Using a pedometer is a simple way that fitness seekers can become aware of lazy habits and work to improve them. It can also serve as a reminder that fitness levels can be raised by performing routine activities as well as focused work-out regimens.
Choose Healthy Snacks With Less SugarNutritional experts agree that sugar intake for the average person should be limited to around 40 grams per day. Most sweet treats in office vending machines, such as chocolate bars, cookies, and soda, contain nearly the daily recommended amount of sugar in one single serving package. For example, one Snickers candy bar has 30 grams of sugar and a 12 oz. Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar. Compare that with an apple that, on average, contains 16 grams of sugar, or a banana that has 14 grams of sugar.
Replace sugary, vending machine snacks that are packed with refined sugar with healthy, low-sugar snacks. This simple exchange of a daily chocolate treat for a piece of fresh fruit will begin to shave calories from your regular intake, which will help fat begin to burn.