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The most common piece of advice that any person gets about losing weight is to eat less and move more. Less calories in, more calories burned off = energy having to come from your fat stores, and so you lose weight. Although scientifically, that is correct, it doesn't explain why so many people who go on a diet fail to keep that weight off once they reach their target weight.
That's why it's often difficult to keep the weight off. Whether you're trying to lose weight for the first time, or trying to lose weight again, these tips will help you shed the pounds without feeling like you're dieting - which means that you'll be able to keep those habits up for life.
Eat Eggs For Breakfast
A number of studies have been done showing that eggs are an incredibly good breakfast - not only in terms of health, as they contain plenty of protein and heart-healthy fats, but because they're really filling. Because they're so filling, participants who were eating eggs for breakfast compared to those eating bagels for breakfast - even though both groups were on calorie controlled weight loss diets - lost more weight. That's not due to a clever weight loss compound within the eggs, it's simply because they are so filling that participants automatically ate fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.
Nourish Your Body
Try not to think about dieting as a means of losing weight. The most important thing about changing the way you eat is to nourish your body - to make yourself feel better. A diet rich in fruits, veggies, lean meats and grains - as well as the odd treat and naughty bit of fat, because we do need some naughty fats! - will not only make you lose weight (as long as you eat those foods within reason) but it'll make you feel really good. And the better you feel, the more likely it is that you'll have the energy for exercising and everything else that goes with losing weight.
Use Smaller Plates
A lot of us are trained to eat all of the food on our plate from a really young age - if we don't clear the plate, we don't get any pudding.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your portion size is to simply eat from a smaller plate. Try a side plate instead of a full size dinner plate at every meal, every day, for a week and see how you get on - you might just find that you lose some weight without even trying.