Leave Food On Your Plate
It sounds simple – because it is. Problem is, we’ve been taught since an early age that we have to finish everything on our plate “because people are starving in this world”. That’s true. But getting fatter as a result of finishing your plate won’t help them. Far better to donate to a foreign aid charity instead.
Get More Exercise
I know everyone labors this point. If you need more convincing, buy a pedometer or keep a journal of the exercise you do for a week. You’ll probably be stunned at how little exercise you do. You can change this by walking more, taking the stairs or maybe even making a brisk 10 minute daily walk part of your regular routine.
Don’t Buy Diet Foods
At least not unless you’ve read the label and checked that the fat hasn’t been swapped for sugar. Read up on all the different names that sugar can be called – fructose, glucose, sucrose, corn syrup, etc. Just because a product says it’s low fat doesn’t mean that it’s OK to eat it!
Cut Out Soda Drinks
If you regularly drink soda, cut down on it. Again, don’t make the mistake of swapping regular, sugar laden, soda for diet versions. The artificial sweeteners aren’t good for you either. Swap soda for water or green tea or a fruit tea if you still crave the sweetness.
Cut Down On Sugar
If you regularly heap sugar into your tea or coffee, gradually cut down. But don’t use an artificial sweetener instead. Just cut down gradually over a few weeks. You won’t notice the slow change but you won’t be consuming extra empty calories from the sugar.