If you are anything like me then you spent a good deal of the holiday season eating. A lot. From giant turkey dinners to deliciously tempting snacks at parties to endless amounts of chocolate and nuts the holiday season is packed with temptations. In a perfect world we wouldn't eat anything that is bad for us at this time, and we wouldn't ever eat too much. That's just not going to happen unless you are a robot, though.
When the holiday season ends, then, there is a need to get back on track, get rid of the bad habits that invaded our lives dressed like Christmas elves, and start losing weight again. You probably want to get going quickly, too. Here are three things you can do right now to kick-start your weight loss. If you do this for just two weeks you'll be right back on track, and you'll be seeing some real results:
Pick a menu and stick to it
If people have been trying to lose weight for a while then chances are pretty good that they know what they should be eating in a day - what to avoid, and what three good weight loss meals would look like. The problem for most people is in sticking to a healthy menu over the long-term. They get overwhelmed by the challenge of deciding what they should be eating each day and how and when they are going to make it. They also struggle to find the time to do all the shopping and preparation.
In the short-term there is a great solution for this. Sit down and create a simple weight loss menu for one day. Don't worry about making anything fancy or elaborate - just the basics. Now, for the next two weeks you are going to eat the same menu every day. That will eliminate the decision-making process, make shopping and preparation a breeze because you can prepare several days worth of food at once, and can make it very easy to avoid temptations and stick to your diet.
You won't want to eat like this forever - it would be incredibly boring. For a short time, though, it is an outstanding way to get back on track and lose some serious weight.
Drink then dine
Before you eat any meal for the next two weeks start by drinking a big glass of water. Sometimes out bodies will tell us we are hungry when we are really just thirsty. Drinking water first will make sure that what we are feeling is real hunger. It will also make us feel fuller, so we won't be as tempted to eat more than we need. Drinking right before eating is a very good, very simple habit to develop - one that you should stick with way beyond this two week period.
Chew, chew and chew some more
Most people eat too quickly. Way too quickly. In our busy world it's like meal times have become a race. There is no reason to eat so quickly - it's not likely someone will steal your food if you eat too slowly. When you eat really quickly then your brain can't tell you that you are full fast enough, and you inevitably eat more food than you need. You need to slow down so your body can tell you when to stop. The best way to do this is to consciously chew more. You probably chew each bite of food only four for five times. Every time you eat for the next two weeks consciously chew each bite 20 times. It will feel ridiculous at first, but you'll find yourself slowing down, and your body will thank you.
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