Losing weight is a hot topic. Everyone is looking for a quick fix when we all know weight loss is a difficult process for many. The diet industry is booming- from diet pills, diet fads, and exercise equipment. There are simple things you can do every day that are inexpensive, even free, that will not only help you lose weight, but will help you develop healthy habits which will serve you well throughout your lifetime, irrespective of your weight loss goals.

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If you are trying to lose weight, chances are you feel self-conscious about your body. This may cause you to wear baggy clothes, in an attempt to cover up what you feel are flaws in your appearance. While this is understandable, it can sabotage your attempt to lose weight. Wear clothes that are in your current size and add a belt. Before a meal, or in the face of an unexpected temptation, tighten your belt. This will remind you of your mission and make it uncomfortable to overeat. Face it, it is easier to gorge yourself at an all you can eat buffet if you're wearing sweatpants instead of skinny jeans.

There are a few things you can do that will set yourself up for success in the kitchen. First, avoid taste testing while cooking. Pop a breath mint or a piece of gum in your mouth before you get started. Drink cold water while you are preparing dinner. Drinking two glasses of cold water burns 25 calories. An added benefit is that water will help you feel full before you even start eating. Finally, go for convenience and buy precut vegetables. They are easier to incorporate in your meals, and provide a quick and easy snack. When dinner is ready, serve it on a salad plate rather than a dinner plate. This will help with portion control.

During the day, be mindful of not only what you eat, but what you drink as well. Water, obviously, is a great choice, but sometimes water just isn't what we want. Make your drinks count. Instead of the empty calories and sugar in a soda, grab a fruit or vegetable drink. Try to increase the amount of milk (skim or 1%) you drink. Studies have shown 1800 mg of calcium could block the absorption of 80 calories.

Think before you drive. Walking or bicycling will help you shed pounds. Not only will you benefit from the exercise, but you will feel better after spending time outside. After investing time and effort in exercising, you will be less likely to snack on junk foods.

By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, you will not just save calories, but will be on the path to a healthier and happier you.

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