As a busy mom, it's easy to get caught in an unhealthy rut. With fast food at every corner and myriad time constraints, many women have a hard time committing to inconvenient changes to lose weight. However, shedding pounds have doesn't mean giving up the things you love to eat and spending every moment of your free time at the gym -- incorporate small, healthy lifestyle changes that will make a big impact on your health and your life without too much sacrifice.
1 Commit yourself to losing weight. The first step to any lifestyle change is admitting the problem to yourself and realizing that you need to take a proactive stance for your overall health.
2 Cut portions of your favorite indulgences in half while increasing the amount of nutrient-rich, low-calorie foods you eat regularly. If you tend to eat out often or if you know that you overeat at home, take what you would normally eat and put half in a to-go box or container. By allowing yourself to indulge in what you want to eat but cutting down the portion size, you will decrease calories without feeling like you're sacrificing too much.
3 Switch unhealthy options for healthier ones that are still tasty. For example, add applesauce to baked goods instead of oil, choose baked options instead of fried and replace white bread with whole wheat. Watch out for calorie-laden sauces and condiments -- substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, and try mustard instead of mayonnaise.
4 Try a new fruit or vegetable every week and incorporate it into your meal plan. This will add variety to your diet, boosting the nutrition makeup of your meals. Additionally, having fun with your cooking can make your new lifestyle change easier to stick with long-term.
5 Move more often. Being active doesn't have to mean going to the gym. Simply parking far away from your destination, standing instead of sitting and opting to take the stairs are all ways to burn calories without intentionally exercising.
6 Stay motivated. Remember that this is a lifestyle change and not a crash diet -- you will see results, but they will likely be slow and steady rather than quick, which is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.
- Ask friends or family member to join you in your weight-loss journey. It is always easier to stick to a plan when you have support.
- Always consult your physician before changing your diet or adding exercise.
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