Counting Calories: 5 Ways to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

Counting Calories 5 Ways to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

The mere idea of going on an extreme diet is enough to send some people into a panic. The constant stress of planning your meals, sweating it out at the gym, and struggling to keep up with your too-high ideals will leave you feeling worse instead of better. If you’re interested in pursuing a healthier body, try these simple tricks to shed some extra weight without the worry.

Eat Simply and Track What You Eat Use a handy app like Lose It! to keep track of your daily calories. This app has pre-programmed calorie counts for common food products as well as a scanner that will input nutritional information from packaged items with one quick swipe of the barcode. You can save whole meals in the app for easy reference later. Repeat the same core dinners every week and you’ll always know your meal is designed to keep you on track.

Ditch Restaurant Fare

Eating out is always a potential minefield when you’re trying to lose weight. While most restaurants do have nutritional data available, looking it over is such a hassle that you’ll lose much of the enjoyment of eating out. Make things easier for yourself and just skip restaurant meals altogether. Invest in a fun bento box and get creative filling it with beautiful combinations of colorful fruits and vegetables every day to make your lunch from home just as enticing as any diner.

Get Active Every Day

If you hate hitting the gym, then don’t. Just find a way to get some activity in every day. Focus on things you enjoy, or can at least tolerate. Take your dog for long morning and evening walks. Do aerobics in your local pool. If you love to shop, power walking around the mall might work for you. If you prefer to do things yourself, start some landscaping or home improvement projects that will help you break a sweat.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you have concerns about your weight, your doctor is a great resource to start with. You may have underlying health issues that are making it difficult for you to lose weight. Likewise, if you notice the pounds coming off faster than they should, you should see your doctor to find out why. He can help you learn more about possible causes of weight issues, such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Track Your Progress

Step on the scale once a week and track your progress so you can tweak your plan if necessary. You can use an app for this as well, or simply make a note on your calendar. It’s important to have a written account of your progress so you can congratulate yourself on your successes along the way. Take a picture of yourself once a month as well so you can really see the changes you’ve made.

Getting healthy and losing weight required dedication and the willingness to make some lifestyle changes, but you don’t have to give your entire life over to fitness and meticulous nutrition. Make a few small changes at a time and don’t pressure yourself to get immediate results.

Author Bio:

Hailey is a recent graduate with a degree in Journalism. Now that she isn’t face first in books she is trying to travel as much as she can. She writes in her free time between fixing up her new house and teaching people how to live a longer, healthier life.

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