We can’t leave a night of web-surfing anymore without learning of a new diet tip that is designed to make us lose five pounds in five minutes and three dress sizes by the weekend. And yet some women always appear healthy and thin while never seeming to feed into these crazy diet fads, or even dieting at all! Here are 20 ways how they – The Skinny and Hot Looking Women – do it – with their “best” and “easy” lifestyle choices that you will make to feel healthy and look great. In all seriousness, try some of the tips – you may just be surprised how simple they are.
1. Don’t deprive yourself of food you like
Enjoy the foods you love in moderation. Remember – No single food makes you gain weight, the portions are what matters.
2. Eat until you’re not hungry anymore
You’ve heard this before. As many etiquette gurus preach – a polite lady should put down her fork between every bite, a technique that also helps you realize when to stop eating before you feel bloated.
3. Make sure a large part of your plate is covered with vegetables
Vegetables are filled with fiber and water so they fill you up without filling you out.
4. Opt for the smaller portion when eating out
Whether it be coffee, salads, soups, frozen yogurt. If you want to be small, order that way.
5. Start with a soup or salad
If you’re constantly eating out, always start with a soup or salad, They both fill you up with low calories and leave less room for the main course.
6. Stay away from bread
It’s just empty calories. Many skinny women follow this habit – the pick your “poison” rule: Bread, Drinks or Dessert. You can enjoy one but not all.
7. Stay hydrated
We get confused and believe that we are hungry when we really are just thirsty. Aim for eight glasses of water a day, add lemon for a flavor and vitamin boost!
8. Don’t just eat one meal a day
Don’t restrict yourself all day and then break down at night. If you eat more substantially during the day, the nighttime grazing will taper.
9. Don’t eat in front of the TV
If you are hungry, reach for fiber rich snacks that fill you up on less calories like popcorn, fruit, trail mix.
10. Have a small snack before going on a night out
Try a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit so that you don’t show up ravenous and make poor decisions.
11. Carry snacks in your purse (or backpack)
This way, you’ll always be prepared when hunger hits. Temptation is strong when you are hungry and faced with poor choices—so stash snack bars, or fruit or trail mix in your bag.
12. Don’t drink your calories
Stick to water or seltzer to keep you hydrated and save the calories for a treat later on.
13. Be a part-time vegetarian
Give your body a break from animal protein and mix things up.
14. Pick wholegrains, always
This way, you don’t have to cut out carbs entirely. Whole grains keep you full longer, maintain your blood sugar levels and provide you with vitamins and minerals. White flour quickly converts to sugar in your body. If you don’t burn it up, you will store it as fat.
15. Eat breakfast
Breakfast gets your metabolism working and prevents you from eating most of your calories at night.
16. Be active an hour a day, or at the very least 3 hours per day
Even if that means waking up an hour earlier to hit the gym, going for a walk after dinner, hopping off the bus or subway a few stops early or parking your car further than you normally would.
17. Exercise isn’t everything
Going to the gym does not mean you can reward yourself with a gargantuan dessert later on. Eating well, not exercise, determines whether you will gain or lose weight.
18. Eat a balanced dinner
The problem with having a meal of hummus, crackers, yogurt, etc. is that these ‘snack for meals’ often end up being more calories than having a balanced dinner.
19. Don’t eat before you sleep
Calories give us energy. We don’t need energy to sleep.
20. Try avoiding seconds, even if your mom says you look too skinny
You just don’t need them. Fullness will take some time to settle in, so even if you don’t feel full, give yourself some time to digest.
21. Stay away from artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners increase cravings and lead to bloating and fatigue. Go for one teaspoon of sugar in the raw, or honey or maple syrup. One teaspoon is only sixteen calories.