To burn more calories, stay active.

To burn more calories, stay active.

This means not sitting in front of a computer, TV, phone, etc all day. Stand and you’ll burn more and be more productive. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help burn more calories, too. This won’t make or break success, but every little bit helps when it comes to physical activity.

1. Don’t grocery shop hungry. If you do, you’ll buy everything in the aisle – instead of sticking to your list. And most of the time, the foods you buy when hungry will the kinds that sabotage your weight loss efforts.

2. Replace side dishes with steamed veggies. Restaurants will often allow you to substitute the fries or chips with steamed veggies. All you have to do is ask.

3. Bake, don’t fry. You’ll save calories and lower your risk of heart disease. Or, use the fat-burner in your backyard: the grill, which offers plenty of flavor without the need for frying.

4 Don’t be extra. Order dressing on the side and dip your fork into the cup and then in the salad. This saves a ton more dressing than if one was to order it on the side, and the pour the entire cup on the salad anyway. Skip the “Venti lattes” and opt for plain coffee. The “designer” coffees can pack a belly-inflating 500 or more calories per serving!

5. Laugh often. A study presented at the European Congress on Obesity found those who laughed hard for approximately 10 to15 minutes each day burned an additional 10 to 40 calories/day. Multiply that by 365 and those calories can add up!

6. Eat Less. This means opting for a small side of fries instead of large.Avoid buffets and try to leaving something on your plate at the end of the meal. When dining out, split a meal with your date and skip dessert. Treat cakes, pies and cookies as occasional treats.

7. Don’t socialize around the food tables at parties. You’re more likely to munch mindlessly, even though you may not be hungry.

8. Don’t eat your kid’s leftovers. Every little bit of food adds up, including what we call “BLTs” (bites, licks and tastes).

23. If you have a dog, take him for a walk. It’s better for both him and you than just letting him out the back. (Bonus: He’ll love you even more!) If you don’t have a pet, offer to walk a neighbor’s dog. Make friends; lose weight.

9. Decrease your food intake by 100 calories per day. Theoretically this translates to losing nearly 1 pound per month (1 lb = 3500 calories)—with hardly any effort. Using smaller plates and bowls can help achieve this goal. There will be less room for you to fill up and it makes less food seems like more. Similarly, eating slower can cut out extra calories since it takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes for your stomach to sense it’s full.

10. When possible, walk or bike to do your errands. You’ll get fresh air, burn a few calories and get your heart rate up. Buy a pedometer and aim for at least 10,000 steps each day.

11. Plan ahead. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

12. Take before pictures. You’ll be amazed at the progress you’ve made

13. Get active friends. If your friends prefer pizza, wings, nachos and beer on a regular basis, find one’s who are like-minded and want to be healthy. Research has suggested that friends enhance (or can hurt) success. Join a running club or other group focused around physical activity.

14. Put yourself first. Many people put everyone else ahead of themselves and let their health fall by the side.

15. Remember: It’s not all or nothing. If you fall off the bandwagon, jump right back on. Don’t let yourself continue to fall until all progress has been lost

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