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10 tips to lose 10 lbs

For some of us, when we start a diet or exercise program, we don’t have 50 pounds to lose. We aren’t morbidly obese or appallingly unhealthy; we’ve just realized that we put on a few extra pounds and we’re not as fit as we used to be. We’d like to make some small changes to shed those last 10 pounds without having to seriously disrupt our lives. For those of you out there like that, I thought I’d give you 10 easy tips to hopefully help you lose those last 10 lbs.

1. Watch out for salads. Just because chicken strips and ranch dressing are sitting on a bed of lettuce, doesn’t mean it’s health food. Even when you’re doing your best, salads can sneak in extra calories. Don’t put on much dressing, and watch out for too many dried fruits, which have a lot of sugar.

2. Avoid eating in front of the TV. Mindless eating is enemy number 1 for dieters and you almost always crave salty snacks while watching tv. Do your best to only eat at the kitchen table, but if you absolutely can’t kick the tv snacking habit, never bring the whole box with you! Always portion out a small amount of your snack a limit yourself to one portion.

3. Liquid calories still count. It’s hard to imagine that your orange juice could be bad for you, but fruit juices have a deceicingly high sugar content. You’re much better off just having an orange. Plus, liquid calories do very little to fill you up. That mocha frappacino may pack hundreds of calories, but you’ll still be hungry an hour later.

4. Women, you do not have the same caloric requirement as men. We can get in a lot of trouble when spend time with the opposite sex, because we tend to eat much more than we should. I know when I serve dinner at our house, it’s tough for me not to serve the same portions both to myself and Kevin. However, he weighs about 50 pounds more than I do, so we shouldn’t be eating the same amount.

5. Restaurants are sneaky. 99% of restaurants only have one goal in mind; to keep you coming back for more. They make their food as tasty as possible with little concern for your health. That means that even the most healthy sounding options can be high in calories. Almost all food is cooked in butter, even your grilled chicken breast and fresh veggies. Make sure you ask how your meal will be preparerd and bring your own condiments.

6. Take a walk after dinner. This is a great way to aid in digestion, increase your total caloric metabolism, and spend time with your significant other. You can burn another 100 calories if you walk 20 minutes and it may reduce your craving for dessert.

7. Pee often. This may sound strange, but if you have to use the restroom frequently during the day, that means that 1. you’re probably drinking enough water, and 2. it forces you not to be sedentary for long periods of time. (If you’re interested in the dangers of sitting, check out this previous blog.)

8. Use the farthest bathroom available. If you work in a building with multiple floors, walk up at least 2 flights of stairs to use the bathroom. Over the course of the day, you could burn an extra 150 calories. If you don’t have stairs, force yourself to at least walk up and down the hallways a few times.

9. Track your progess. Keep a food diary or use an app to track your food intake. (We reviewed MyFitness Pal) If you know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth, you can make some objective changes.

10. Brag about your success! Post your goals on the fridge to remind you to keep at it and treat yourself to a fun weekend away or a night out dancing once you’ve achieved your goal. You’ve earned it!

Do you have any tips for losing those last 10 lbs?

Let me know!

-Sara

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Great post and great tips, so true and i totally agree 🙂

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  2. Delayed gratification! That’s my tip. Just because you want a cookie, beer, marshmallow doesn’t mean you need it RIGHT. NOW. Put off the treat…and tomorrow if you still can’t stop thinking about it then you know you really did want it.

    I love your point about not eating as much as your man. We have the reverse problem. I’m a good eater, always have been and I prefer to feel filled up so I eat quite a bit….but my volume is tonnes of veggies and a little big of main course. My honey will try to keep up with me (subconsciously) but he’s not eating the same breakdown of volume….less veggies, more main course, more dessert or beverage.

    Us as a couple is a work in process, it’s hard when you’re not on the same page and the person who IS on the right page doesn’t want to see naggy. 😉

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  3. Posted by Marie on February 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    These are great tips! I used to just diet by counting calories. Later I found that moderate exercise a few times during the week helps suppress appetite somehow, best if its kind of intense like a racket game with a partner and possible too with some long distance walking (1 mile or more). Over the long term it has been beneficial in reducing weight compared to just reducing caloric intake.

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