30 Ways To Lose A Pound Tip # 24

Tip #24 – Switch Out One Unhealthy Side Dish for a Healthier One

One of the big changes I’ve made this year is cutting back on unhealthy “side dishes” at suppertime. Instead of French Fries or Processed Foods, I’ve been piling our plates with fruits, veggies or yogurt.

Just making a simple change like this can really help in knocking off a pound in no time!

30 Ways To Lose A Pound Tip # 23

Tip #23 – Cut Out High-Calorie Condiments Or Don’t Forget to Log Them in Your Food Journal

When we start adding up our calories for each day, we often forget those simple little dollops of condiments that we spread on our food. And those can add up fast!

For example, one Tbsp of Mayo has around 57 calories. Ranch Dressing? 80 calories per Tbsp. 30 calories per Tbsp for sour cream. And 48 Calories per Tbsp for sugar or brown sugar. It may not sound like much. But if you had just a Tbsp of each of these in one day, that’s 215 calories and you really haven’t eaten anything!

So make sure that when you figure in your calories for the day, that you aren’t forgetting to add in your condiments, too. Obviously, what would be best overall is to do away with as many as possible or switch to a healthier version of them. :)

You can make switches, too. Such as mustard for extra flavoring. It doesn’t have any calories!

30 Ways To Lose A Pound Tip # 22

TIP #22 – Join A Support Group or Online Chat/Group

I’ve found that most things in life are easier when you have someone to chat with about what you are going through. The same goes for weight loss. Having someone who can keep you motivated and inspired may help keep your focus on your losing weight. Not only that, you might be able to inspire them in return, giving you that happy feeling you get from helping others.

There are several groups out there. Some are even free. And you can always join an online chat/group. I’ve enjoyed following along with the Wii Mommies in their journeys. I guess they are the group for me since most are Mommies struggling to keep up with the daily tasks, kids, losing weight and…they like to use the Wii for fitness needs.

If any of you have found a support group or chat that you enjoy, please consider leaving the link in the comments field. You might just help one of my reader friends find the inspiration they need to lose a few pounds.

30 Ways To Lose a Pound: Tip #21

TIP #21 – Keep a Positive Attitude

When you start on your weight loss journey, the first thing you must tell yourself is that every week is going to be different. Some weeks, you may have big weight losses and other weeks, little or no weight loss. You could even gain a pound! But no matter what the scale reads, the worst thing you can do is to “get down” about what it says. Once you start feeling bad about your weight, it usually leads to even more weight gain or depression!

So stay positive. Accept even the little movements on the scale. And just keep reminding yourself that you are doing well. If for some reason, you continue to have little or no weight loss, re-examine what you are eating and how much you are exercising. It could be possible that you aren’t eating as healthy as you think, not getting enough exercise or even eating too little, causing your body to go into “starvation mode.”

If you continue to keep health as a big part of your life, the pounds will come off. So stay positive!

30 Ways To Lose A Pound Tip # 20

TIP # 20 – Know the Proper Portions of Food

There are so many things to learn when it comes to eating properly. Food charts. Calorie Counting. Good and Bad Fats. And then there’s portion-control! It’s amazing how many things we eat that well beyond the normal proper portions. HERE is a link to a great article on proper portions. And if you have an extra minute, check out the little quiz HERE. It’s amazing at how much our portions have changed in 20 years!

What amazed me the most, was the comment in the article that said consuming just an extra 100 calories beyond what we need daily can add an additional 10 pounds to our weight each year. So make sure you are eating the proper portions of your foods and dial them up or down as needed.

30 Ways To Lose A Pound Tip # 19

TIP #19 – Switch Your Dinner Plates To Smaller Plates

One of the best ways I’ve found to not eat as much is…don’t give yourself as much! :) We seem to have it in our minds that we always need to finish everything on our plates and that we haven’t eaten a full meal unless our plates are brimming with food to begin with.

Well, one way to play a “mind game” on your brain is to switch to a smaller size plate! You can fill the plate full and get that feeling of eating a “plateful.” I use our appetizer plates for a lot of meals. Now, the ones that are super sloppy or require a knife for cutting, I use the regular plates. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference it can make! And the best part is, if you do decide to go back for “seconds,” you don’t feel quite so guilty! :)

By switching from dinner to smaller plates, you’ll eventually get into the habit of eating less and possibly lose a pound in the process!

30 Ways To Lose A Pound Tip # 17

TIP # 17 – Remember—Everything In Moderation

When it comes to weight loss, no one says you have to give up everything you love to eat. There are those things which are extremely unhealthy, of course. But you are still allowed to “treat yourself” to some of your favorites once in awhile. Even the weight loss programs allow you to save up some room each week for a “treat.”

I’ve actually found that sometimes, it’s better if I do allow myself those things I crave (in moderation!) Otherwise, no matter what I try to satisfy that craving with, it never helps, causing me to eat even more.

Now by “treat yourself” I’m not saying dish up a big banana split sundae with all the extra fixings but maybe a small smoothie with fresh fruit instead? Possibly consider things like these your rewards for meeting your goals.

By allowing yourself to eat a craving once in awhile may help you to eat less and lose a few pounds.