15 Little Ways to Lose Big Weight

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There are little lifestyle changes you can make to your every day routines that can have a huge impact on your ability to lose weight quickly and effectively. Sometimes they are the obvious, like taking the stairs instead of the escalator, but often times they are more subtle. Here are fifteen little ways to help you lose some pounds:

  1. Change Your Order – if you eat out frequently, swapping out just one big meal for a healthier salad can make a big difference.
  2. Shop the Perimeter – while grocery shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store. That’s where you’ll find the produce, meat and fresh foods. The aisles usually contain the chips, snacks and soda – things you don’t need!
  3. Eat Breakfast – you think you’re doing yourself a favor by skipping this meal, but all that does is make you ravenous and more likely to snack later in the day. Aim for about 300 calories and a healthy mix of whole grains and protein.
  4. Take Five – that is five minutes to exercise. Instead of committing to large chunks of time you don’t have, squeeze in exercise in little five-minute increments. Maybe you do five minutes of jumping jacks, or a few sit-ups.
  5. Quit Smoking – kicking the habit can help you lose those unwanted pounds quickly.
  6. Purge the Junk – take some time to clean out your pantry. Eliminate those tempting snacks and replace them healthier options. Do a little prep work and make some baggies of healthy options you can grab on the go, like almonds and dried fruit.
  7. Healthy Hour – instead of gathering with your friends for a few drinks after work, meet up at the gym or go for a walk.
  8. iPod Shuffle – load up your MP3 player with lots of fast-paced jams that will encourage you to workout harder, walk faster and energize you.
  9. Veggies – when you order pizza, instead of the meat lover’s deluxe, pile it high with veggies. Ordering a side? Skip the fries and opt for the veggie of the day. The more you can replace with vegetables, the better.
  10. Don’t Super-Size – our American portions have been growing steadily along with our waistlines. With options to “supersize” just about everything, it’s not hard to see how we got here. Small sizes are still available – you just have to ask for them.
  11. Treat Yourself – any time you’re trying to lose weight, you have to allow yourself room for treats. By denying yourself something, you are more likely to obsess over it until, instead of a few cookies; you’ve eaten the whole package.
  12. Try Something New – everyone gets into ruts. Convince a friend to join a new class with you. Try something different – out of your comfort zone – zoomba, kick-boxing or even ballroom dancing can you get moving!
  13. Say “No” to Nighttime Snacking – telling yourself “the kitchen is closed” after a certain time – say 7:00pm – can help put a stop to nighttime eating. We’re much more likely to binge eat in the late hours while watching TV and unwinding, so simply taking that food out of your routine can have a big effect.
  14. Walk a Dog – instead of just letting Fido out the door to do his business, force yourself to go for a walk. Don’t have a dog? Find a friend who does and join them on their jaunt.
  15. Relax – do something to help you relax. When we’re overtired and stressed out, we are more likely to overeat. Whether it’s yoga or just setting aside some time to read a book, you need to relax.