One of the reasons diets don’t work is that they advocate deprivation. Very few people are capable of giving up the foods they love completely and forever. As a result, almost 90 percent of the people who lose weight gain it all back within a year.
Rather than depriving yourself of your favorite foods, you can opt to make small changes that save you calories but still let you enjoy the foods and flavors you truly love.
Switch to diet soda
Sure, drinking water would be better, but not everybody’s ready to give up the soda habit. If that’s the case with you, simply switching to diet soda will make a huge difference. The average can of soda contains 140 calories. If you drink one a day, switching to diet could lead to a loss of 15 lbs. in a year. And chances are, you don’t drink only one, so the results should be even better.
Give up your Starbucks habit
Or at least the part where you get those yummy coffee drinks with lots of extra ingredients. If you can’t live without Starbucks, order a simple coffee with skim milk. Depending on what you order, you could save up to 600 calories or more (their very popular Java Chip Frappuccino contains 600 calories) per day. That’s 62 lbs. (that’s right, 62!) a year.
Switch to sorbet
Full-fat ice cream contains about 270 calories per serving. Sorbet (especially low-fat or no-fat versions) are about 120 calories per serving. You can still get your sweet fix and you can lose 15 lbs. a year if you eat a cup a day.
Go for pretzels instead of chips
Regular, snack-size pretzels are much lower in calories and fat than chips, but still provide you with the same salty kick. A 4-oz. serving of pretzels contains about 200 calories less than the same amount of chips. You probably don’t eat pretzels every day, but if you did, you would still be able to lose 20 lbs. a year because of the switch.
So keep smiling, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods, just eat smaller portions of them and you should start seeing results!!!