How to slim down is a big question in the mind of Americans,
especially around New Year's. Weight loss remains the top New
Year's Resolution, and yet 92% of people are no longer working on
how to slim down by February 1st of any given year.
If you made weight loss a resolution this year, and find that you
are no longer very dedicated to that goal, fear not! There are
many simple strategies that you can use to help you slim down.
Most of them don't involve working up a major sweat. In fact,
most of them are just plain common sense!
Tip #1: The Power of "Later..."
One of the biggest impediments to how to slim down is the impulse
factor. When faced with a big plate of sugar cookies at work or a
giant basket of tasty nachos at the bar, how can you avoid
falling for the temptation? Avoiding temptation is especially
difficult if your co-workers or friends are busy chowing down.
One trick that works well for many bad habits--everything from
eating too much to smoking--is to tell yourself, "Later." In
other words, you are giving yourself permission to have a cookie
or some nachos, just not right now. Some people use the phrase,
"In five minutes..." instead. Whatever phrase you say to yourself
to delay gratification, even for a little bit, will work as long
as it resonates with you. After you give yourself the delay
command, immediately turn your attention to something else.
You will be surprised at how often you simply forget to go back
to those cookies or nachos. In fact, many people have used this
same delay tactic to successfully stop smoking. By giving
yourself permission to engage in that bad habit (just not right
now), you satisfy your craving for the moment. By turning your
attention to something else, your attention becomes distracted
and you likely will forget about the craving altogether. Try
it... chances are that you will like it!
Tip #2: It's All About What You Ate Yesterday
When it comes to weight loss and slimming down, most people are
focused on today's meals. But a lot of weight is related more to
what you ate yesterday rather than what you will eat today. Why?
Because unless you have had a lifetime of stellar digestive
health, chances are that you are carrying around 10 to 15 pounds
of undigested food, water, and gas in your gut. This is according
to Dr. Rob Danoff, D.O. and M.S., who writes for MSN Health and
Fitness (read more at:
That is a lot of weight to be carrying around your middle.
Luckily, you can correct the effects of your past dietary sins,
and help your body release all this unneeded and undigested goop
in your gut. Dr. Danoff recommends getting some exercise, being
sure you are drinking the right amount of water, and eating more
fiber-rich foods. In addition, he suggests adding probiotics or
probiotic rich foods to your diet, including acidophilus and
is that a no-sweat way to lose weight or what?
Tip #3: Pick Your Route at the Grocery Store
One of the biggest tips on how to slim down is to never shop
while hungry. Beyond that, though, one way to avoid buying junk
food is to plan your route around the grocery store so you hit
the healthy sections first. Start with the produce section, and
work your way around to the dairy section to buy eggs and healthy
dairy (not ice cream), and then the meat counter. Once you have
worked your way through these sections, feel free to wander up
and down other aisles. With your cart filled with healthy foods,
you will be far less likely to succumb to cookies, chips, or
gallons of soda.
Tip #4: Prep for Parties
One trick that slim people employ to stay slim is to prep for a
foodie party by eating a little something before heading out to
the party. Eating even a handful of nuts or a quarter of an
avocado or a spoonful of peanut butter will help you feel full.
This is important because you never know when food will actually
be served at a party. If dinner gets served up 9 o'clock and you
are accustomed to having dinner at 7 o'clock, you will be
starving by the time dinner appears. That leads to a ton of
sinning on the snacks that usually precede dinner. So fill up
with a small snack, then dress up and hit the party. You will be
safer than usual from temptation!
Tip #5: Ask Yourself, "Would I eat this at home?"
Going out to eat is one big impediment to getting or staying
slim. First, a lot of the courses served in restaurants are high
in calories. Second, the portions are usually extra large.
Finally, studies show that people in social environments tend to
eat more than people dining alone or at home. If you find
yourself dining with other people, look at the menu choices and
ask yourself, "Would I eat this at home?" If the answer is
negative, don't order that entree. A meal is a meal, even a meal
that you eat in a restaurant. That's how you have to think if you
want to get or stay slim!
See? None of these tips involved massive sweating or going with
the "no pain, no gain" motto. These tips on how to slim down are
really about planning ahead, asking yourself some common-sense
questions, and plain being smart. Not rocket science, just simple
stuff that really works!