Because I work for magazines that are really health oriented, I get the scoop on all kinds of tips and tricks on health and fitness. I love that aspect of working where I do. Here are a few tips and tricks that I've read lately from an article about the top 10 best selling weight loss books and their best piece of advice:
1. To take the edge off your appetite - and eat less - drink a glass or two of water or a cup of hot vegetable soup/broth before a meal.
2. Get at least 15 to 20 grams of protein at every meal. It curbs hunger better than fats or carbohydrates.
3. Go for a 20-minute walk after dinner, which revs metabolism and burns calories before bedtime.
4. Cut empty calories from your daily food intake by making small changes - you could shed 9 pounds in a year just by using 2 percent milk instead of cream in your coffee.
5. To fight cravings, set a stopwatch for 15 minutes, then drink a large glass of water and eat a high-protein snack. When the watch beeps, your blood sugar should be normalized and the craving gone.
6. Go ahead and have a piece of pie or cake-but make it a thin slice and eat it slowly, savoring every morsel. Also, exercise !!!
7. Keep a "3E" journal to help you idntify and address problems related to eating, exercise, and emotions that can hinder your weight-loss efforts.
8. Take a multivitamin to make sure you're getting the adequate amounts of essential nutrients.
9. Meet your cravings half-way by treating yourself to smaller, healthier versions of the foods you really want. For example, instead of scarfing a bag of potato chips, bake a sweet potato until crisp, then cut it into slices.
10. Eat every 3 to 4 hours to keep insulin and glucose levels normal, which helps keep hunger at bay.
These tips are compiled by Lisa Drayer, R.D. from the 10 top-selling, most talked about diet books of 2006 and this article ran in Women's Health. I love that magazine!!!