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Finally, keeping your body refreshed with plenty of water may also help your workout, says Anthony. Talking with your toddler could boost IQ scores and language skills later: To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. Eat at the same times every day including snacks. Sweep the drive or rake the leaves instead of using a leaf-blower.
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That way, we don't feel stuffed, and we save some money. You can share more than just a meal out. Why not double up on a bicycle built for two? Go halves on the cost of a personal trainer? Maybe split a gym membership? The American Heart Association knows what we love: And they also know we need to get more exercise. So why not combine the two, they ask? Try dancing to the music when you tune into your favorite music show, or practice some stress-relieving cardio boxing when your least favorite reality contestant is on camera.
During commercials pedal your stationery bike, walk the treadmill, or slip in a little strength training doing bicep curls with cans of your favorite fizzy beverage as weights. Or get inspired to really focus: Put in a high-energy exercise DVD and get motivated by the pros onscreen. It doesn't matter exactly what you do, so long as you're up and active. Aim for at least 15 minutes, says the AHA. If you get really engrossed, you just might outlast the last survivor.
That's because while a small portion served on a large plate can leave you craving more, a smaller plate gives the visual signal that you already have more. We know we've had enough because we see the bottom of our bowl or plate. And don't forget smaller bowls, cups, and spoons. For example, try savoring a bowl of ice cream with a baby spoon. Not only does the pleasure last longer, but your body has time to register the food you've eaten.
When your weight loss efforts lead to boredom or too much self-focus, get occupied with something else. So take a break from the siren-call of the tube, and get occupied with things that have nothing to do with food. For some, that might mean becoming involved with local politics, discovering yoga, or enjoying painting.
Or maybe you want to help a child with a science project, repaint the bedroom, or take a class. Have a life outside of weight loss. Then at least eat your meals at the table. While cultivating that virtue isn't exactly painless, it may help to know that keeping weight off generally gets easier over time. That's the result of a study published in Obesity Research, where researchers found that for people who had lost at least 30 pounds -- and kept it off for at least two years -- maintaining that weight loss required less effort as time went on.
So if you crave the results reported by successful "losers" like these -- improved self-confidence, a boost in mood, and better health -- cultivate patience.
You may find your way to sweet and nearly painless weight loss success. If 10 tips for painless weight loss or maintenance aren't enough, how about trying some of these ideas from WebMD's weight loss community members?
Women's Health Feature Stories. Add, Don't Subtract Forget diet denial: Try adding foods to your diet instead of subtracting them. Forget About Working Out If the word "exercise" inspires you to creative avoidance, then avoid it. Go Walking Walking when the weather's nice is a super-easy way to keep fit, says Diane Virginias, a certified nursing assistant from New York.
Continued No sidewalks in your neighborhood? Try these tips for slipping in more steps: Trade your power mower for a push version. Park your car at the back of the lot. Get out of the office building and enjoy walking meetings. Sweep the drive or rake the leaves instead of using a leaf-blower. Get off the bus a few stops earlier. Hike the mall, being sure to hit all the levels. Take the stairs every chance you get.