The truth is that, while eating healthier and slipping in exercise takes some effort, it doesn't require a lot of effort. Making just a few simple lifestyle changes can pack a big punch when it comes to getting rid of your gut or sculpting your body.
I have spoken with other weight loss experts, professional athletes, and celebrities, who have to always look and perform at their best. Here is the info we agreed, are the top 10 secrets to lose belly fat without killing yourself or making you resentful.
1. Lighten the Foods You Already Love
One of the easiest ways to cut back without feeling denied is to switch to lower-calorie versions of the foods you crave. A pizza tastes just as good with less cheese. And when you garnish low-fat crackers or frozen yogurt instead of ice cream with your favorite toppings, who notices the missing calories?
The key is to look for healthier versions of any food. If you still like soda, sweet tea or alcoholic beverages drinks, try mixing your favorite beverages with a splash of a water, then increase the ratio as your taste buds adjust.
2. Share and Share Alike
With the massive meals served at so many American restaurants, it's easy to go Dutch -- with the dinner plate.
"When I go out, my friends and I share meals" . "I've been known to split a dessert, even a pint of beer."
You can share more than just a meal out. Go halves on the cost of a personal trainer?
"When people come in together they're more apt to encourage one another," we are offering 2-for-1 personal training special for the next 5 couples to call while T-Roy and I are on the air today. Check out www.fitnesspursuits.com/events.aspx for exciting upcoming fitness events.
Half the cost, twice the motivation -- a steal of a deal.
3. Forget About Working Out
If the word "exercise" inspires you to creative avoidance, then avoid it. The trick to enjoying a workout is to "never call it working out," For example, "Most folks enjoy sex without the idea that it may be a good calorie burner and exercise."
So burn calories, invigorate your muscles, and lose weight by beachcombing, shooting hoops, riding bikes, grass-skiing, hiking, playing Frisbee, dancing, kickboxing did I mention sex.
4. Add, Don't Subtract
Try adding foods to your diet instead of subtracting them. Go for healthy goodies like summer-fresh fruit and garden-crisp veggies. And be sure to select things you love, like deep-red cherries or crunchy snow peas.
Then slip those favorite fruits into your bag lunch, your cereal, and your afternoon snack; add the veggies into stews and sauces, and as a compliment to meals/ protein.
Focus on these delicious additions and you just may find yourself subtracting a junk food standby simply because you're enjoying your new, healthier favorites.
5. Go Walk-About
Instead of driving everywhere, the pair does their shopping on foot, getting in two to seven miles a day. And the car? It's lucky to see a few thousand miles a year.
Even if your city isn't as convenient for walking, try these tips for slipping in more steps:
Do your shopping locally.
Trade your power mower for a push version.
Park your car at the back of the lot.
Sweep the drive instead of using a leaf-blower.
Get off the bus a few stops earlier.
Hike the mall, being sure to hit all the levels.
Take the stairs every chance you get.
Enjoy a post-dinner stroll.
6. Tune In, Tone Up
"Dance to the music" when you tune in to programs " Slip in a little resistance training by lifting sodas instead of drinking them. "Use those cans or bottles as hand weights for bicep curls," Or do triceps dips from the edge of the couch, during commercials or while listening to the music.
It doesn't matter exactly what you do, so long as you're up and active. Aim for at least 15 minutes per hour, If you get really engrossed, you just might impress yourself.
7. Skip a Meal (Out):
It's so tempting to grab a restaurant meal for lunch. But if the maître d' or wait staff know your name and your order before you open your mouth, you may be packing on more pounds and going there more then you realize.
If you can't say no to your favorite restaurant, try saying yes to wiser choices, like grilled chicken, roasted summer vegetables, or an appetizer as an entree.
8. Size Does Matters
Eating less without feeling denied is as close as your dinner ware.
While a small portion served on a large plate can leave you craving more, a smaller plate gives the visual cue that you already have more than enough.
Basically "you're tricking yourself into being satisfied with less." "You simply won't put as much food on a smaller plate."
And don't forget smaller bowls, cups, and spoons. Try savoring a bowl of ice cream with a baby spoon. Not only does the pleasure last longer, but your body has time to register the food you've eaten.
9. Get Involved
When your weight loss efforts lead to boredom or too much self-focus, get occupied with something else. "When I'm not busy, I eat more than I need.
For some, that might mean becoming involved with local politics or local charities. A lot of local nonprofits need your help. I have a list if you want some ideas.
The key: have a life outside of weight loss.
10. Lose It Today, Keep It Off Tomorrow
Finally, be patient. While cultivating that virtue isn't exactly painless, it may help to know that keeping weight off can be easier than taking it off.
So if you crave the results reported by my successful "clients" once again be patient-- improved self-confidence, a boost in your mood, and better health will be yours.