One of the biggest problems many people have with any weight loss diet is that they don’t seem to lose weight quickly enough. But, the trick to losing weight isn’t losing it quickly. In fact, when you lose too much weight too fast, chances are you are likely going to gain it all back in a short period of time, and probably gain even more than you lost in the first place.
When you want to lose weight, dieting is not the answer, because as soon as the diet is over, you go back to your old eating habits. What you need to do is get into a diet lifestyle, such as Weight Watchers. You don’t have to count calories, or give up a lot of the foods you love. It’s all about moderation, and using a points system.
There are a few things you can do that will help to speed up the weight loss process, even if just a little bit. Don’t expect miracles by any means, but you can make the process a little bit quicker, and a lot easier, if you follow a few of the best Weight Watchers tips.
After all, they created this diet lifestyle plan, which has been followed by millions, so it only stands to reason that their tips are going to be the most helpful. Let’s take a look at some of the best Weight Watchers diet tips for losing weight faster than with other diets.
Drink Lots of Water
No matter what type of diet you are following, it is extremely important that you drink plenty of water every day. If you are not much of a water drinker, it is going to take some time to get into the habit, but be diligent about it. Not only is water good for flushing out your system, it can also help you to feel fuller so you don’t feel like eating as much.
Eat Healthy Snacks
Snacking is allowed on most diets, especially Weight Watchers. But, you need to be snacking on the right types of foods. For instance, instead of reaching for the potato chips, look for something that is going to satisfy your craving for something crunchy that isn’t loaded with fat and carbohydrates. A great alternative to potato chips is a handful of pretzels.
You get that salty flavor, but pretzels are baked and not fried, so they aren’t as fattening. Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits are another option, but be careful eating too many dried fruits as they contain natural sugars.
Use Herbs When Cooking
There are all kinds of delicious herbs that you can use to add flavor to your foods without adding a lot of unwanted calories. Make sure your cupboards are stocked up with things like oregano, paprika, crushed chilies, basil, bay leaves, and other herbs. Better yet, if you are able, grow your own herbs and enjoy the flavors of fresh herbs in your meals. You can cut out a lot of fat, carbs, and calories by using herbs instead of flavored sauces, and this is going to help speed up the weight loss process.
Stop Being So Fussy
If you are a fussy eater, it’s time to stop being so fussy and start trying new things. There are so many foods out there that are excellent for weight loss diets, especially a lot of different ethnic foods that are rich in flavor but low in fat, carbs, and calories. Get into Indian cuisine, or try some real Chinese food (not the sticky sauce-laden stuff we eat here in North America). Both are loaded with delicious flavors and not only are they not fattening, they are good for you too.
Take Smaller Bites
In addition to eating smaller portions, you might want to try eating smaller bites of food. When you chop your food into small bites, you are putting more effort into eating each bite than if you were to just eat one large piece. This is going to actually trick your brain into thinking that you have had enough to eat, and you will feel fuller faster. Again, this is going to help with the weight loss process, because you won’t be eating as much but you will still feel satisfied.
Don’t Clean Your Plate
When you are eating in a restaurant, don’t try to eat everything on your plate. Instead, ask for a doggie bag. Restaurant portions tend to be large, so if you eat half there, not only are you getting a good meal, you are only eating half the calories. Also, you have another meal to take home with you for the next day. That’s two delicious meals for the price of one. What can be better than that, along with the fact that you can dine out and still lose weight?
Wear Tight Clothes
A lot of people like to dress in loose clothing when they eat, but if you are trying to lose weight you should do just the opposite. As your stomach expands from eating, you will feel more and more uncomfortable if you are wearing tight clothing. So, you aren’t going to eat nearly as much.
Keep Lots of Snacks on Hand
Make sure your cupboards are very well stocked, especially with healthy snack foods. That way, you won’t be tempted to run to the corner store and grabbing a fattening snack when you have a sudden craving, or even worse, end up getting takeout because there is nothing at home to cook.
Eat That Treat
If you don’t give into your cravings once in a while, you are going to end up binging on something and blowing your diet. If you are craving something that isn’t diet-friendly, have it. Just don’t have a large portion of it. For instance, if you really want fries, get a small order instead of a large. Or, get a cheeseburger with lettuce and mayo instead of a Big Mac. That way, you can have your junk food and still lose weight.