Losing Weight and Reducing Food Cravings

March 18, 2011
Losing Weight

Shedding those extra pounds to lose weight may seem impossible, but with these 10 weight-loss remedies, it can be a little easier and much more rewarding.

Lighten up! Shedding pounds doesn't have to be a grim affair.

  • Do activities you love. Vacuuming around the house in an aerobic manner, walking through the neighborhood instead of driving, and zipping around the grocery store, can burn some calories.
  • A glass of water could do the trick. Before you tell yourself you are hungry and want to grab a snack, try drinking a glass of water. Water has zero calories and gives you a feeling of being full. Or, try green tea.
  • Stick to the serving size. Read the serving size on what you are snacking on. If the serving size is 2 crackers, only eat 2! And don't go back for seconds or you need to add an extra serving.
  • Try using smaller plates!  Research has shown that simply switching to a small dinner plate helps people eat less. Even going from a 12-inch plate to a 10-inch plate reduced consumption by 22%.

  • Eat at the table.  Don't snack in the car or in front of a TV. Sit down at a real table and pay attention to what you are eating.
  • Chew a lot. It takes your stomach 20 minutes to tell your brain it is full. The slower you eat, the less calories you intake. Try not to scarf your food down.
  • Eat more plants.  Try shifting to a more plant-based diet. Eat dinners that are ⅔ vegetables and ⅓ meat.  As Thomas Jefferson once said, think of meat as a “flavor principle.”
  • Say no to the booze. One beer has about as many calories as eating one bagel. So 3 beers, essentially, is equivalent to 3 bagels. Drinking also leads to excessive eating, so if you want to shed the pounds, saying no is sometimes best.
  • Stay to the edges of a supermarket and out of the middle. The edges have real food (fruits, vegetable, produce, dairy) where sugary, processed foods are in the middle aisles.  Better yet, shop at farmers' markets when you can. You don't find much junk there.
  • Walk the dog. Research shows that dieters who exercised their dog for 30 minutes a day shed an average of 11 pounds.

At least half the exercise I get every day comes from jumping to conclusions.

If you have weight loss ideas, add them below!

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Oh Thank-you as always for such WONDERFUL protocols. I WILL try to employ them and also return here to remind myself again and again to practice these 10 GREAT weight reducing , fool proof practices!!!

This works for me. I hope it

This works for me. I hope it will help someone else too. I take 6oz of water, 1 Tbsp of real lemon juice, 1 tsp of grade B maple syrup and a dash of cayenne pepper. Shake and drink after a heavy meal. In the morning you will feel better. This cleanse has help me drop 25 lbs.

If you are trying to lose

If you are trying to lose weight than you should try to eat balanced meals. If you follow a balanced diet then your body will stay in an optimum weight loss zone where you can shed weight very quickly. And having a balanced diet is a must if you are trying to have a flat stomach.

have a glass of water and a

have a glass of water and a bowl of soup before every meal and u will notice u will eat less and yet feel full.
p.s. not a cream soup:)

How do you know when the

How do you know when the signs are in the legs??

Keep a food diary. It makes

Keep a food diary. It makes you think twice before eating cookies or chips when you know that you have to write it down. It's like going to confession.

When the signs are in the

When the signs are in the legs you can begin weight loss, quit smoking, break a baby from pacifier, nursing, etc. It works.

owning a farm and not doing

owning a farm and not doing everything with a tractor really helps too. Go for a bike ride on the bike trail to the next town and back.

AND: ALWAYS pray Thanks to

AND: ALWAYS pray Thanks to God for any and everything good that happens, including losing weight.

1. Use smaller plates 2. Cut

1. Use smaller plates
2. Cut portion size in half
3. Eat a small amount evrey two to three hours to keep metabolism active.
4. Walk every day - walking stairs is great for keeping knees loosened up, walk to a place you enjoy seeing as a river or park and walk early in the morning to see the sunrise or late in the evening to see sunset.
5. Get a friend to join you who has the same desire to lose as you do. Much easier than with someone who doesn't.
6. Pray every day before doing any of the above; it helps to ask God to help you in your endeavors.
7. Think yourself more active, think yourself losing weight and looking and feeling good.
8. Think happy!
9. Eat a small snack so you don't feel
10. Wear really good walking shoes and clothes - feel comfortable in them.