10 tweaks to your diet

here are ten fixes that can help with weight-loss:

  1. Say So Long to Soda
    Diet soft drinks could increase your risk of being overweight by 65 percent. Artificial sweeteners may actually stimulate appetite, causing you to overeat.
  2. Eat Like Clockwork
    Don’t go more than three or four hours without eating something.
  3. Dust Off the Grapefruit Diet
    Eating three servings of grapefruit a day (either half of a whole one or a cup of juice) for 12 weeks could help you lose just over three pounds.
  4. Shop from a List
    A master list which provides insurance against impulse buys. An never shop hungry.
  5. Shop Around, Literally
    The center aisles of your local supermarket are loaded with highly processed, sugary, and fatty foods. The first couple of outer aisles is where you’ll find all the fresh produce, dairy, and seafood.
  6. Have a V8 While You Cook
    Sip a Low Sodium V8 juice. It will keep you feeling satisfied and stave off hunger pains so you’re less inclined to snack. Hate V8? Chew gum to keep your mouth occupied.
  7. Switch to Salsa
    Spoon it on everything – baked potatoes, veggies, even chicken or salmon. Two tablespoons of salsa instead of sour cream on a baked potato, for example, saves 42 calories and five fat grams.
  8. Brush It Off
    Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth right after you have a meal or a snack to quell the urge to keep nibbling.
  9. K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Sweetie!)
    People who eat a variety of foods are more likely to have trouble keeping weight off than those who rely on a few diet staples. When people have a wide range of foods in front of them, they generally eat more. Most successful weight losers consistently consume just three to five staples from each food group, switching them around occasionally to prevent boredom.
  10. Name That Craving
    One reason women overeat is that they don’t hit their food craving right on the head so they keep bingeing until they’re finally satisfied. Choose between salty and sweet and try healthier alternatives.

read article on Yahoo! Shine by Hallie Levine from FITNESS Magazine: 10 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier


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