So many of us wish we could just wiggle our nose and – voila! We’re at our ideal weight! Unfortunately, losing weight isn’t so easy. So, unless you’ve been accepted into Hogwarts, here are some tips for achieving those weight loss resolutions.

It all adds up

Instead of focusing on things that you need to cut out, try shifting your attention to things that you need to add in. Add fruit to your morning cereal, and veggies to your evening meal. Shifting your focus to addition can really subtract a lot of diet stress.

Don’t exercise

Studies have shown that calling exercise something else can help boost motivation. Go for a walk, play with the dog, ride a bike, take the stairs, go out dancing, but, whatever you do: DON’T EXERCISE.

Hello, fiber

Fiber can be easily added to almost any meal with certain vegetables and grains. This trick will make your body feel satisfied longer, decreasing the chances of a midnight snack.

Stay hydrated

Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so hydration is imperative for it to function. Drinking plenty of water can actually make you feel less hungry. Drink a glass of water before each meal, and you’ll be more likely to stop eating sooner.

Take a break after the break

Use the time you spend in front of the TV as an opportunity to get active! You can use the commercial breaks as a workout timer. It’s the perfect opportunity to do some squats, push-ups, or even dance to the ad jingles.

Trick yourself

You can trick yourself into thinking that you have more on your plate by opting for smaller dinnerware. Using smaller, forks, spoons, bowls, and plates will give the illusion that you have more than you do, and give your body the opportunity to register whether it’s full or not.

Trade your television for the table

Eating meals in from of the TV can distract you from the task at hand, causing you to overindulge. So, turn off the TV, and pull up a chair!

Get the help you need to stick to your weight loss resolutions

Be patient with yourself. Changes don’t happen over night, so take it one day, and one success at a time. Arkansas Pioneer offers a nutritional therapy program, to help guide you on your path to losing weight and eating healthy. Our nutritional therapy consultants are trained to educate, identify imbalances, and offer recommendations. Call today to make an appointment!