Switch to Sugar-Free Sodas
According to the American Dietetic Association, eliminating soda alone could help you lose 11 pounds per year and the less you drink the less you will crave it. Consider a soda a splurge, like a dessert, and choose the low-calorie options. Coca Cola recently released Diet Coke with Splenda, which is considered a better option than aspartame to many weight watchers as well as Coke Zero, which tastes a lot like Coca Cola, but without the sugar.
 Eat a Salad First
In a 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Rolls reports that women on average ate 7 percent less pasta if they first had one and one half cups of salad with reduced fat or non-fat dressing. If only her name wasnít Dr. Rolls!
 Drink Water
Few people get enough water and certain medications can make you even more dehydrated. If you want to burn more calories, drink it chilled. One gallon of ice water will help you burn 200 calories more than if it was room temperature. You burn about 1 calorie per ounce of chilled water that you drink. Always have bottles of water with you, especially in the car on hot days. Youíll be less likely to run through a drive through and get a soda.
 Get a Pedometer
Itís actually a fun way to watch the calories you burn. 1000 steps equals 50 calories burned, so wear it on your errands and it just may motivate you to add a few extra steps to your daily routine. For under $20 you can get one that has an automatic voice tell you how many calories youíve burned and inform you when youíve met your exercise goals.
 Get More Sleep
According to many studies, just one week of sleep deprivation reduces the production of the growth hormone that helps control the body's proportion of muscle to fat. When the body produces less of this hormone, there is a tendency for the body to store fat.
 Buy Controlled Servings of Food
Okay, so if you have to snack, spend the extra few cents on the new 100-calories packs of cookies or crackers, the small cans of cola that are just 100 calories, or the mini-bags of popcorn. The calories are easy to keep track of, you wonít be tempted to overeat Ė just donít open that second bag!
19 ways to burn calories in 15 minutes!
Watching TV=16 calories
Passenger in car=16 calories
(50+ if your teen is driving)
Kneeling in prayer=16 calories
Taking a bath=24 calories
Talking on phone=24 calories
Family picnic (without
Computer work=24 calories
Pumping gas=32 calories
Making Beds=32 calories
Grocery shopping=37 calories
Clearing dishes from table=
Picking flowers=48 calories
Walking 3 mph=52 calories
Carrying infant=56 calories
Hula dancing=71 calories
Jogging in water=127 calories
* Based on a female, age 45, 5'4", 140 lbs.
Reprinted from "HopeKeepers Magazine," a consumer publication for people who live with chronic illness or pain that has a Christian slant and is published by Rest Ministries, Inc. See www.hopekeepersmagazine.com for details.
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