Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Three Easy Tips for Losing Weight

Did the title get you?  I thought it might pique your interest!  Actually, though, losing weight isn't easy, but you already knew that.  :)

Of course, I'm no professional weight loss specialist, and I haven't lost a tremendous amount of weight.  But I have successfully lost "baby weight" five times, so I think that gives me a little credibility.

And honestly, these tips aren't easy; I should have said "simple."  Because losing weight is not easy.  But it is simple.  Basically, you have to move more (burn more calories) than you consume, as I wrote about here.

Here are my three simple (not easy!) tips for losing weight.  They worked for me, and maybe you'll find something useful in my successes.
  1. Move more.  You probably know that I walk/jog on my treadmill several times a week, but you don't have to do something like that.  A simple walk around the block could be enough, especially if you walk quickly instead of stroll.
  2. Eat less.  Put less food on your plate.  How much less?  That's up to you.  But I've read that you need to eat 500 fewer calories a day (3500 per week) to lose a pound.  
  3. Don't give up your favorite foods!  I have no data to prove this, but I wonder how many people give up on "diets" because they try to cut out every single food they eat that isn't good for them.  I say, eat a cookie!  Have a piece of chocolate!  But only one.  You can even splurge on a milkshake, if you don't do it very often.  You can lose weight while eating ice cream every night before bedtime.  How do I know?  I've done it!    It's all in the size of the portion.
Here's how these tips look for me:  I walk/jog on the treadmill for 30 minutes four times a week, and I eat what I want just not as much as I want.  For example, I only eat one cinnamon roll (the kind in a can) instead of two.  I keep myself from getting hungry by eating a boiled egg along with it.

There you have it; the three things I've successfully used to lose weight.  I'm sure they can work for you, too.  

What ideas have you used in the past to lose weight successfully?

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