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5 Easy Tips to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Today

Here are a few easy ways to get started on your weight loss journey. 

Making the decision to embark on your weight loss journey is half the weight loss battle. Once you have committed to a healthier lifestyle, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. However, according to The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, there are a handful of hacks that can help you jumpstart the process. 

1. Cut Out Liquid Calories

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Collingwood suggests starting by cutting out all liquid calories — except for milk, which has nutritional benefits. "Drink water, tea, calorie free beverages, etc.," she says. "Even cut out fruit juice and eat real fruit instead."

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2. Use Smaller Plates

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Second, use smaller plates. "We are simply eating too much, even sometimes the healthy foods," she says. "If you fill a smaller plate, you are looking at a plate full of food but it is just smaller." This doesn't just apply to your plate. "Even look at the size of your glass, bowl, fork and spoon," she adds.

3. Slow Down

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It shouldn't be a race to finish your food. "It takes a few minutes (even 15 to 20) for the signal to get from your stomach to your brain that you are full," says Collingwood. "If you eat more slowly you can stop when you are satisfied and not end up eating too much."

4. Move More

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Moving is key, says Collingwood. "We sit way too much. Move more throughout the day, so just moving every 60-90 minutes with a brisk walk, a few flights of stairs, or some jumping jacks can get blood flowing and wake up the metabolism. Try to get your heart pumping and break a sweat with exercise at least 3 to 5 times per week," she says. 

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5. Be Accountable

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Be accountable, says Collingwood. This could mean daily weigh-ins, keeping track of your food intake on an app, or checking in with a friend or professional. "Staying on top of your progress (or lack of) can help you see what is working and what might need to be adjusted along the way," she says.

💪🔥Body Booster: Slowing down your eating will likely result in weight loss, as you will give your body time to signal your brain that you are full. 

Leah Groth
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