Simple diet shifts you can make to lose weight

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When you realize its time to make a healthy change in your life, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the size of the task. Now while we agree that it should be a life change, it doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul from one day to the next, it can be something you ease into with a few micro steps first.

Try this:


1. Know what you eat

This probably sounds stupid to you, but the truth is by the end of the week, and in some cases by the end of the day, a lot of us have forgotten what we’ve eaten. Keeping a good diary helps to remind you of what you’ve eaten, and gives you a clearer overview of your dietary habits.

2. Take a walk once a day

Do you get a 30-minute lunch break at work? Take a walk in the first 10 minutes and eat in the remaining 20. Or, if you’re someone doesn’t drive to work and takes public transport instead, get off a stop or two early and walk a little further. It’s a small change, but in the long run, it makes a huge difference.

3. Cook one more meal a week than you usually do

Currently cook once a week? Make it two? Never cook? Try cooking once a week. And actually cook, don’t microwave. Homemade mess typically contain fewer processed ingredients, less sugar, and less fat. Automatic weight loss!

4. Skip the sauce

When you dine out, everything comes with a sauce or a dressing. Skip them. Salad dressings, in their typical serving can contain as much as 10 g of sugar, 3.5 g of saturated fat, and 520 mg of salt. Swap them out for the squeeze of a lemon, balsamic vinegar, or a drizzle of olive oil. Much better.

Which of these are you going to try?

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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