When it comes to weight loss, it’s often the smallest actions that make the biggest difference. Simple, consistent changes are more sustainable than restrictive diets or massive lifestyle overhauls, meaning they more effectively trim your waistline. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 70, here are four practical adjustments you can make today.
4 Easy Ways to Work Towards Weight Loss
1. Drink Water Instead of Soda
One 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola® contains 140 calories, all of which come from refined sugars. Water, on the other hand, is zero calories. It is also responsible for digestive system function, temperature regulation, and other vital bodily processes. Additionally, studies suggest that increased water intake can increase metabolism by almost 30%, making it a crucial part of your weight loss regimen. If you’re worried you’ll miss the flavor of soda, try adding a slice of lemon, a handful of cucumbers or some mint leaves to your glass for a refreshing, low-calorie beverage.
2. Take the Stairs Instead of the Elevator
Looking to burn a few extra calories throughout the day? Our health coaches recommend skipping the elevator in favor of the stairs. Stair climbing requires around eight to 11 kilocalories (kcal) of energy per minute. Thus, two flights of stairs per day could help you lose six pounds over one year.
3. Eat at Home Instead of Eating Out
Restaurants tend to serve fattier, greasier foods than the ones we prepare at home. Also, their portions are larger, so even if you order something nutritious, you may still overeat. To avoid these extra calories, try to eat in more than you eat out. If your friends ask you out to dinner, invite them to your place for a homecooked meal. If you normally get takeout every day, pack healthy lunches instead. Visit our website for delicious, healthy recipes.
4. Indulge in Natural Sweets Instead of Processed Ones
Just because you’re trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you have to abandon your sweet tooth. Try swapping out cookies, cakes, and other fatty desserts for natural, low-calorie alternatives. For example, instead of ending your meal with a bowl of ice cream, eat some fresh strawberries. Not only does the fruit have fewer calories, but it’s also packed with essential nutrients like fiber, manganese, and vitamin C.
When choosing desserts, also keep an eye out for artificial sweeteners. These ingredients, while low-calorie, have been shown to increase appetite and trigger additional sugar cravings. Hence, they can cause long-term weight gain.
Weight loss should be a fulfilling journey, not a daunting task. For more sustainable, waist-trimming habits, call our health coaches at (844) 789-8446 or visit our contact page. Click here to schedule a consultation for your 60-day customized weight loss plan.\
Dr. Jason Olafsson D.C.
Founder & CEO
Doctor of Chiropractic