Unless you are going to a plastic surgeon the weight is not just going to fall off on its own so here are a few more tips to help you along the way.
Hit the Snooze Button
Sleeping may possibly be the laziest way to lose weight ever. During a 6-year study, Canadian researchers observed the connection between sleep patterns and obesity and found that people who slept 5 to 6 hours a night gained 4.5 pounds more than those who dozed for 7 to 8 hours nightly. While many studies suggest that sleep deprivation increases levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that lack of sleep can also slow the rate at which calories are burned.
Dress for Success
If part of what holds you back from hitting the gym is packing your gear ahead of time, layer on pieces of your workout wardrobe in the morning. Clothes today are more exercise-friendly than ever before. Pick gym clothes that make you want to work out —and maybe even show off at the office. Look for stretchy, flattering clothes that can double for work and workout. Or if your exercise of choice is walking, you don’t need any special clothes—just really good shoes! Believe it or not Old Navy actually has a nice selection of work out clothes.
Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth soon after you’ve finished supper. Traditionally, brushing your teeth is a signal to stop eating, so you’re primed to resist after-hours snacking. The strong minty taste may help distract your taste buds from craving another flavor and doesn’t mix well with other foods, either.
Tighten Your Belt
To remind yourself to stop eating before you’re uncomfortably full, tie something around your waist—not your finger. Your belly will hit your belt before you’ve over-indulged telling you that it’s time to lay down the fork. Just don’t undo the notches as the night wears on!
Wear Jeans to Work
Take advantage of casual Friday. A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse study found that people who wear jeans to work take 491 more steps a day than those in business wear.
Sneak in More Steps
If your schedule allows no time for structured workouts, find ways to sneak in more movement throughout the day. If you can’t exercise all in one sitting at least try to break it up into intervals, such as three 10-minute segments. Or wear a pedometer to track your steps, challenging yourself to take at least 100 more steps than the day before. Easy ways to add more steps: Instead of emailing that coworker who sits on the other side of the office get up and walk over there and use the stairs instead of the elevator. Pedometers can be bought at Dicks Sporting Goods on State St. in Rockford.
Multitask in Front of the TV
Save time by skipping the gym and working out at home instead. Keep some free weights by the TV or simply do crunches or lunges while you are stuck watching more more episode of Sponge Bob. Need some free weights or want to try some other fitness equipment check out Body Dynamics in Loves Park.
Savor a Nighttime Snack
Your favorite at-home movie snack has some surprising slim-down benefits. Those who snack on popcorn get 250% more whole grains and about 22% more fiber than those who don’t eat the low-cal snack, according to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. What this means for weight loss: Fiber and whole grains keep your blood sugar from spiking (and then crashing), so you feel full longer than if you snacked on chips or cookies. Keep your kernels from turning unhealthy by popping them in an air popper and skipping the butter and oil.