Drink more water. I know you’ve all heard this a million times, but it’s true. Even if you replace one can of soda with water per day, you will consume up to 200 calories less a day than you are now. That makes a huge difference. Can you imagine replacing 2 sodas a day?
Go Green. Try to eat a green vegetable with every meal. They are loaded with vitamins and some greens like spinach are a good source of calcium and are much lower in fat than dairies.
Exercise. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day. Go for a walk, swim, bike, play with your kids in the back yard, go for a run or hike. Whatever! Just move.
Eat on a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. I heard this trick several years ago when struggling with portion sizes. When I first married Ryan, I fixed dinner and gave myself the same amount I gave him. Oops. Hello ten pounds! I realized what I was doing and now I give myself half of what he eats. Women don’t need as many calories as men. Watch those portions!
Substitute with Greek yogurt when you can.
Exercise in the mornings. You burn more fat first thing in the morning. Plus, you have less time to think up excuses not to get in that workout.
Get a good nights sleep. This one is tough for me. My baby boy still wakes up almost every night, and wakes up at daybreak every morning! It wears me out. Sleep is very important for your physical and mental health. It’s important to get plenty of rest so you have plenty of energy.
Weigh often. Don’t become obsessive over it, but it’s good to know where you are in order to help you set/keep goals. It will hold you accountable. Try not to weigh more than once a week or so. Remember that measurements are just as, and even more, important than the number on that scale.
Linking up with Katie!
When my husband and I started dating and then got married I gained 15 pounds during that time because we went out to eat all the time and I ate the same amount as he did too. It took a year and a half of being married but I lost it all by using some tips like this. Drinking more water is a great one. I started forcing myself to drink more water a few months ago (I had a pretty bad diet coke habit) and it does help. Good tips!
Such a good list of fabulous tip 🙂 I hate greek yogurt–so I never wanted to try any baked goods that used it as a healthy substitute–but finally gave in and did. They are fantastic and you can't taste it or tell the difference–its a great swap!
Excellent tips, but I just can't get into greek yogurt, sorry. 🙂
Louida Martin says
Great tips! I don't drink soda at all so I'm a big water drinker. And I love eating Greek yogurt!
Brittney, Breaking Free says
I love the salad plate trick Ive been doing that for the last 2 years 🙂
Lara Becar says
I love these! I've been trying them out for a few weeks and you see a difference!
Lins - Domesticated Working Woman says
Weighing often has really helped me.
Life with Amberly says
I'll have to try the salad plate trick!!! Being married makes me eat more because I always feel like I have to hurry and gobble down the fries or he'll eat them, etc.
Kaitlin Rose says
I do a lot of these except for the weighing–I don't use/own scales and ask the doctors not to tell me the number, but it's just a personal choice to limit the weight obsession I'm more prone to. But I love the water and green veggies tip! And working out in the morning makes life way easier!
Miranda Myrabev says
Great tips I especially love the get good nights sleep as I could so with one insomnia no fun anymore x
Rebekah Clarke says
Great tips! I struggle with getting a good night's sleep.
Ashley Z. says
great tips! Thanks! 🙂
Alli Smith says
I have to weigh every day! Some of my friends can't weight that often, but I'm the "out of sight, out of mind" kind of person. If I stop weighing I start gaining. It's weird, but I've learned that I must weigh daily. Great tips!
Ashley Carter says
Mandy@ a sorta fairytale says
Really good tips!! I need to work on getting more sleep!! But my 4 y/o wakes up at like 5:30am a lot of mornings so it's tough to get a good nights rest sometimes. ugh.
Karissa Ancell says
great Tips. I'm working on weight loss and getting in shape so I love reading posts by bloggers doing the same.
Laura Nelson says
this is super helpful! i've been doing most of these, but i'd never heard of the salad plate tip! that's so smart! i always eat the same amount as my husband, and that's probably why the baby weight isn't going away as quickly! love this! thanks!
Ashley Griffith says
The salad plate thing is SO big for me. I love using those plates because I always fill up my plate with food so if I'm filling it up less, I'm definitely eating less. Great tips!
Katie Did What says
LOVE these tips! I am alwayyyys drinking water- during my pregnancy I was SO thirsty all the time, so it's become a habit now! And the substitute with Greek yogurt tip is such a good one- I use it as sour cream on tacos, and literally can't tell the difference!
Thanks so much for linking up, girl!!
Such simple tips!
Stories of Kel says
such great tips! Drinking lots of water has definitely made a difference in my energy levels
I am working out a ton…drinking water though…that's another story!
Exercising in the mornings is a great idea!
These are great tips! I'm trying to help my husband with the water thing. People here in Italy love water, however, they don't understand drinking so much of it. I think drinking so much water is why American women are so beautiful (I'm dead serious). I really want to teach my daughter this too!
Jordan Wise says
I'm so excited about finding your blog! Love what it's based around.
Miranda Ronevich says
Great tips! I have been drinking water more regularly and have almost completely kicked the pop habit. I am trying to push myself to exercise more for #1000in30, but I can't say that I have been pushing myself all that much.
Nicky Omohundro says
These are great tips Logan. I didn't know the exercising in the morning would burn more fat. That's good to know. I found you at the Pretty Pintastic Party.
Blogger Ash says
Excellent tips! Thanks!
~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
Love, The Skinnys says
Health seems to be a trend lately. I post more about it too. These tips are great!
Cassandra Schmigotzki says
If you don't want to use the salad plate just be sure to leave "white space" around whatever you're eating.
Yvonne I. Wilson says
Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to make these healthy changes. I struggle the most with the exercise aspect of it but with time I will get it done. Stopping by from SITS. Have a blessed day.
Excellent… I can't stress the water enough.. And we also always use Greek yogurt as well..
Samantha Horseman says
Great tips! You are doing so great with the Tone it Up challenge. Also I'm probably way behind but I love your new blog design 🙂
Melissa French - The More With Less Mom says
It is amazing what a 10 minute walk will do for your mood! Hello from Say G'Day Saturday.
Julie V says
I have been trying to drink lots of water. The other day at a potluck in the park church function they only had lemonade and I found I didn't even like it. I kept thinking "I'm so thirsty!"
Apparently drinking water is paying off 🙂
Even if I have not exercised one day, I try to do some squats and pushups or lunges or something just for a few minutes before I shower.
Heidi's Wanderings says
These are all great tips. And the two most effective ones I've found on the list are water and sleep. I just feel better when I get plenty of both.
Good simple tips for maintaining (or gaining) health! Thanks for sharing these at the hop! 🙂
Natasha In Oz says
Excellent advice-I've shared this on Pinterest. I exercise in the morning as well!
Thanks so much for linking up to the Say G'day Saturday linky party. Hope you can join us again this weekend!
Natasha in Oz