The scale can be a cruel, cruel mistress. Sometimes it feels like you’re doing your best to hit your targets, but life gets in the way. Maybe you couldn’t get to the gym because of a deadline. Maybe a crazy work schedule means you haven’t been able to make as much organic food at home as you wanted, and you’ve had to snack out at less than optimal fast food places around the neighborhood, or you’re scrounging the vending machine at work at 9 PM to keep yourself going to get that project out.
But just because life threw you for a loop doesn’t mean you despair. You’ve got to rise up and clear that, stay positive, and above all figure out new ways to keep elevating yourself to your goal. Check out these 5 easy weight loss hacks you can do at home or at the office to keep you on target and keep you shedding those pounds!
1) A Spoonful Of Coconut Oil Suppresses Your Appetite
Coconut oil has several other health benefits, but the one we’re primarily interested in here is its appetite suppression. That’s right- coconut oil is rich in healthy fats and has a nice, buttery flavor that makes your body feel like you’ve eaten even when you haven’t. A spoonful of coconut oil a day when you’re feeling the urge to eat but shouldn’t will help you keep on the straight and narrow (and help you to shed some pounds!)
2) Cut Out The Liquid Calories & Drink Water
This one is one of the most effective ways to keep on your weight loss regimen. Sodas like Coke and Pepsi are absolute destroyers of any sort of diet plan. A single bottle of coke has 250 calories in it, all from sugar- that’s almost as many calories as a hamburger!
So cut out the soda and every time you have the urge to drink one, drink water. Drinking water helps in two ways: dehydration makes you feel hungry, and drinking water helps to suppress your appetite. Many people have a hard time drinking water, so link it to something you do all day- for example, every time your phone rings or you check an email, take a sip of water. You’ll be amazed how effective it is!
3) Shrink Your Dinner Plates
Multiple studies have shown that our body wants to eat what’s put in front of it at meal time. Solution? Use smaller plates! Smaller plates are proven methods of portion control: One Cornell university study found that people were able to consume 16% less food and still feel satisfied just by changing their plate size. If it’s not in front of you, you won’t crave it as much!
4) Don’t Skip Breakfast
You’ve heard this time and time again, but it’s important- extremely, extremely important! Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day because it not only starts your metabolism but also staves off hunger- you may not feel hungry before lunch, but your body is, and it’ll have you reaching for fatty or sugary snacks. Eat breakfast! Your body will thank you.
5) Eat Slower
Our bodies aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed sometimes when it comes to our hunger mechanism: often it takes a little while for us to realize that we’re actually full, and if we’re eating quickly our body may eat more than we wanted to without realizing it.
The solution? Eat slower! That’s easier said than done in practice, but here’s a handy tip: put your fork down every time you take a bite, and don’t pick it up until you’ve finished chewing and swallowing. This pace of eating is perfect for staying on track with your body’s hunger mechanism, and you’ll find that you’ll be eating far less than you normally would!