I think just about every patient I see would agree, they could afford to lose a little extra weight. Even for the healthiest of us, there’s those few extra pounds that seem to hang on no matter what you do. Here’s some things to think about to drop those 5 extra pounds.
Control How Much You Eat
Controlling how much eat can be all that it takes. In our society we have our food portions out of control. A good idea is that when you go out to eat, either share a meal with your partner or immediately ask for a to go box and put half of it in there for later. Another rule of thumb with this is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. If you eat off a plate with a pattern, keep your food inside the pattern. That will be a healthy portion.
Add More Protein To Your Diet
When you have protein in your body to burn, your body burns twice as many calories as it does when it burns carbs. Try adding more lean protein to your diet. Fish and nuts are two foods that are a great source of protein. You can check out protein powders, shakes, and bars but watch out for the sugar content in those.
Ditch the Artificial Sweetners
You think you are saving calories by drinking that Diet Coke, but studies have shown tiime and time again that your body is expecting calories when you introduce these artificial agents to your body. Which in turn causes you to eat more. Replace your diet drink with an unsweet tea and squeeze a lemon in it for sweetness. Or drink water and squeeze a lime in it. And it goes without saying, don’t drink regular soda either. It’s a horrible source of calories. Again, this one thing alone could help you drop the 5 lbs over the course of a few weeks.
It’s recommended to take a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. You can find inexpensive step counters online or at a local retailer. Get one and track your steps daily.
Drink More Water
How easy is this! Drinking more water will boost your metabolism and help you to consume at least 200 calories less per day. It’s recommended to drink around 6-8 glasses per day. You need to drink enough that your urine is clear.
There you have it. 5 steps to lose 5 pounds. Or just focus on one of these steps you might be surprised that it will do the trick.
Here’s to Your Health!
Dr. K Bennett