Things You Will Need
Measuring cups and sppons
Appropriate grocery items
Step 1Figure out how many calories you need to stay healthy. Use a calorie sheet such as the "MyPyrimad Food Levels" chart or any free calorie counting service online to find out how many calories you need for your age, body type, age and activity level. Do not go over this amount of calories in order to maintain your current weight.
Automate your eating habits. Make a list of your favorite foods and only buy those foods to stock your refrigerator and pantry. Have a calorie-tracking sheet and write down the amount of calories you eat during the day. Once you reach your calorie limit, you will know to stop. Remember, just as little as 150 calories daily can add 10 pounds of weight to your frame at the end of the year.
Eat a big breakfast, says Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, a clinical professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas in Venezuela and author of "The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Before 9AM and Lose Big For Life". You must eat a big breakfast before 9:00 A.M. based on the body's natural rhythms, says Dr. Jakubowicz, eating a big breakfast revs up your metabolism.
Eat hearty winter soups that help you stay slim. Prepare a nice, warm bowl of comfort soups such as navy bean Soup or mushroom-barley soup, say Woman's World Magazine. Navy beans supply your body with a steady amount of fuel from its carbohydrates. Barley provides an abundance of selenium and mushroom provides vitamin D, both, which are immune system boosters.
Take Vitamin D supplements, says Woman's World Magazine, which provides the "feel good hormone serotonin and also acts as an appetite suppressant. According to Woman's World Magazine, you should a take 2,000 IU supplement daily.
Prepare your snack ahead of time. When the munchies hit you in the middle of the night or while you are watching television, just grab a pre made baggie of fruit and vegetables. Make your own pita chips in the oven; add garlic oil and sea salt to make them tasty.
Let your inner kid shine. Go take the kids out and play in the snow. Have a snowball fight, or make snow angels. According to Kelli Calabrese, MS, an exercise physiologist and international trainer for Adventure Boot Camp, you can get a full body workout and burn up to 500 calories just from building a large snowman.
The Big Breakfast: Eat Before 9AM and Lose BigCenters For Disease Control: Energy Density
Tips & Warnings
MyPyramid: Calorie Levels