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Eating Habits And Foods Help You Lose Weight

Apr 27, 2008
1. Be cautious of how many calories you are drinking in a day. Many of us drink a cup of coffee with cream, a soda and perhaps some juice. We can be drinking 300 calories or more a day. Replace this will calorie free drinks like water, diet soda, or crystal light. Carry a water bottle around so that when you are thirsty you can reach to it instead of something high in calories.

2. Plan your meals When we don't take the time to plan what we are eating, and eat what is convenient we sabotage our weight goals. Take a some time one evening a week planning, shopping for and preparing meals for the upcoming week. If you don't have to rely on fast food and last minute decisions you will be able to eat much healthier.

3. Eat five small meals a day. Eating five small meals a day instead of three, and then snacking all the time too helps to keep our metabolism up so that we can burn more calories a day.

4. Eat breakfast. The sooner you eat, the sooner your metabolism will get going. Though you may think skipping breakfast is cutting calories and will help you loose weight it actually slows down your metabolism. Your body thinks it is starving, unaware of when the next meal might be it starts storing fat.

5. Remove one problem food. We all have our vices. If you find that cutting out all snacks and treats is too hard just cut out one. Find the one that you eat the most. Perhaps it is ice cream each evening, regular soda, cookies, chocolate, one thing that is adding a lot of calories and take it out. You may not have the will power to say no to everything delicious, but you can say no to just one item. This alone may cut a few hundred calories a week. You can also do the opposite and only allow yourself one splurge item. Say no to everything tempting, but pick one thing you can't live without. If eat healthy all week, treat yourself you your favorite thing at the end of the week.

6. Stop Mindless Eating. Finishing your kids sandwiches, munching on candy from the candy dish at work, samples from the grocery store. These things add up. Just stick to what you have planned for the day. Just because it is there, or offered doesn't mean you have to eat it.

7. Chew sugar free gum. Not only does gum prevent you from snacking because you already have something in your mouth. Some say you can actually loose a few pounds a year just because of the calories you burn while chewing.

8. Change your milk. If you are drinking whole or 2% milk switch to 1% or skim. If you usually only use milk on cereal you will hardly even notice a different, and you will save some money as well.

9. Change your salad dressing. If you are smothering your veggies in full of fat ranch, your veggies are doing you more harm than good. Switch to a light vinaigrette or fat free dressing.

10. Add fiber to your diet. You can buy an inexpensive fiber mix drink at your local grocery or drug store. They even have tasteless ones that can be dissolved into food now. It will help you feel less hungry and has advantages to help you digest and process food better to help you loose weight.
About the Author
Janelle Anderson is an expert in diet and healthy weight loss. For a healthy weight loss program that produces results, visit http://weight-loss-tips-for-free.com and download a free ebook full of weight loss tips.
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