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Simple changes that can help you lose weight

Updated on April 27, 2012

Eating healthy doesn't have to taste terrible. If you want to lose weight don't fret over diet foods. What you eat 80% of the time is what determines your body type. In pother words, you can occaisionally splurge, key word occaisionally. Let's talk about what to eat 80% of the time. Fruit is unavoidable in a healthy diet. The good news is, there are tons of fruits out there (quit snickering). Apples, bananas, pears, peaches, grapes, oranges, raspberrys, etc. You can find fruit that you enjoy eating. Make fruit your daily snack attach item. Toss the candy bars in favor of strawberries. Eating fruit will not only help you lose weight, it will lead to better heart health, brain health, and increased energy. After fruits, your big concern should be leafy green vegetables. Yes, they are tough to find (peas don't count. However, salad is easily accessible and tastier than ever. Grains are important, but often this is where we over-indulge. You don't need tons of carbs, you need lots of protein. Increase the amount of chicken, turkey, white cheese, yogurt, etc you eat.

Portions, portions, portions. Learn to stop eating when your stomach is 80% full. This can result in pounds shedding every month. The ideal day is atleast 3-5 meals. We were made to graze in small portions, not over do it at dinner once a day. Learn to leave food on your plate.

Find exercise anywhere. Your office chair can be a mini-situp machine. The dreaded stairs are calling. Park further away. Take time to walk during your lunch break. Make a point to visit your coworkers (walking) during the day. Walk the dog. Little things add up to big results. You can't eat healthy and sit for 10 hours at the office and expect to lose weight. When you get home sitting in the recliner won't help either. Move that body of yours.

Drink more water. Your meal might seem incomplete without a soda, or sugary drink, but water is a simple way to cut hundreds of calories from your daily intake. The sugars in many drinks aren't even natural sugars, thus your body has a hard time turning them into energy. Ditch ther sadas and shoot for more water in your day.

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