"If only I could just lose 10 pounds I'd be happy". Man, if I had a dollar for every time i've heard (or said!) that very statement! Most of us do have a few unwanted pounds to shed but we never seem to have the self-will to stick through our diets until we reach our goal. And hectic schedules seem to put us in a time crunch and we end up grabbing a burger on the run. Here are 7 tips for helping you to lose those last few pounds!
1. Reward Yourself
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Yes I'm serious! Set a goal of weight loss, and once you have achieved it, then reward yourself! Buy a new outfit or some new makeup, or take yourself and a friend out for dinner. Do something FUN and something that will help keep you motivated and you will see that it is much easier to stick to your weight loss plan and the pounds will keep melting off with your determination!
2. Don't Snack Around
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Trying to lose weight is difficult when you snack throughout the day. If you feel you simply can't make it through the day without a snack, then here's what you can do. Get rid of all your chips and cookies and sodas and stock your fridge with water, grapes, carrots, and line your pantry shelves with rice cakes and granola bars. Then when you reach for a snack, it will be healthy!
3. Make Small Changes
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You don't have to start living on spinach and water and have a 2-hour workout session every day to see progress. Although I'm sure that would get you drastic results, most people don't have the time to cook wholesome meals and get to the gym every day. But what you CAN do is simple changes. When you grocery shop, park at the end of the parking lot and get in extra walking time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Drink water instead of pop. Replace as many food items as you can with fat-free versions. It will take a few weeks, but it will make a difference over time!