WOMEN’S HEALTH NETWORK – While checking out wellness trends keeps me motivated with my own health goals, many of these trendy tips aren’t really accurate.
That’s why no matter what else I do, I incorporate tried-and-true, and well-researched, basic guidelines. Here are some of the best simple tricks that can work to promote weight loss or a healthy weight, no matter what’s trending.
My super simple weight loss tricks
1. Fat = full.
How many years has fat been demonized? It’s no wonder many women still are suspicious about including full fat foods in their diet. But including fat in your diet isn’t a trend. Your body needs fat to maintain a healthy weight. And if that doesn’t convince you, this news might:
Eating foods that contain fat can actually help you lose weight. One study showed that people ate less overall if they had a little fat at the beginning of their meals. Because eating fat releases leptin, the hormone that signals fullness, it may help you eat less and make better choices. So skip the low-fat foods in most cases.
To help you manage your portions, try eating the fattiest portion of your meal first. Healthy fats include olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, and fish.
2. Know your portion sizes.
Offhand, do you know how much an ounce of steak or a handful of peanuts are? Neither do I. Getting an idea of what a portion size is can be tricky, especially when it comes to whole foods rather than pre-packaged options …
3. Drink more water
You know you should be drinking more water, but are you doing it? Staying hydrated can help make a big difference when it comes to weight loss. But if you’re hydrating with something other than water, be aware of the drink’s sugar content.