Researching diets is time consuming and can be confusing. If you aren’t following a diet plan at this time but you really feel that you should make some effort towards weight loss and healthy living then you can follow the suggestions listed below, in a casual way. It may be all you need or it may deliver less than your desired results but it should help in some way.
- Eat less calories. You don’t need to get into serious calculations. There are various programs and app available online and here is a quick and easy free calculator . It would be worth your while to create a plan of your daily calorie intake, but in a casual way so that it doesn’t create too much work for you.
- Do some form of exercise every day. The exercise doesn’t have to be heavy and painful, remember that this is just an easy stress free way of doing “something” towards weight loss while you consider detailed plans more carefully.
- Eat more fresh produce. Vegetables and fruit are good for weight loss and health but be careful not to eat too many starchy items such as potatoes. Good vegetables for weight loss include cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, cucumber. Good fruits for weight loss include any berries, cherries, plums, apricots, oranges, melons. My personal preference is for organic produce. Watercress is also tasty and nutritious, if you can find it. This isn’t an exhaustive list but other suggestions can be found with a quick online search.
- Eat eggs in the morning for breakfast, they help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing the urge to snack before lunch.
- Pick a lean meat for dinner along with a couple of suitable vegetables. When you cook, keep it plain and simple, Don’t use sauces or seasonings apart from a little salt and pepper.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, it helps you to feel full and it is essential for health. Filter your own water or buy spring water. The fact that most spring water comes in plastic bottles isn’t ideal but it is in keeping with the theme of simplicity and ease of use.
- Avoid eating in restaurants as much as possible and don’t eat fast food.
- Avoid drinks with excess amounts of sugar or sweetener. I would suggest avoiding all products food or drink that are labelled as “diet or “low fat” unless the manufacturer claims that the product is “naturally low in fat”.
- Avoid bread and other bakery products.
- Resist the temptation to use dips with vegetables because this dramatically increases the calorie count. Many bottled salad dressings also do the same thing. Don’t fall into the trap of feeling good about eating a salad while drenching it in dressing because if you add up the total calories, you may well find that the calorie count for your salad is as much as a high calorie cooked meal.
To sum up, find a daily calorie intake that should promote weight loss by using a generalized calorie calculator and plan to stay at or below the given calorie count. Eat fresh produce when you can. Drink plenty of water. Do some form of exercise every day, walking is good. Stay away from starchy foods and highly processed foods.
Look for a diet plan that you like the sound of while you are making this small effort to lose weight. If you only need to lose a small amount of weight, these suggestions may be all that you need.