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1. Use Smaller Plate

Trick your mind into thinking that you’ve got a great big portion of food by using a smaller plate. This works because you’ll be able to fit less on the plate while still having it look like a considerable amount.

Eating less is one of the hardest things to do, especially when you’ve been eating the same portion for a large number of years. You know what your plate looks like when it gets you full and thus, if you put less food on a bigger plate, you’ll only crave more (because your mind already thinks it’s not enough).

2. Walk more. 

Those extra 2 minutes that it takes to get from the other end of the parking lot can make a huge difference. So, if you’re the kind of person who tends to drive around until you find the closest spot in the parking lot, it’s time to stop and drive to the farthest one. Additionally, you’ll want to skip elevators and escalators and opt for the stairs.

3. Separate snacks into smaller portions. 

If you’re the type who pops a bag of chips open and finds it incredibly hard to put it down, it’s time to start cutting down. It’s hard to say kick the snacking all together, especially in the beginning stages and so, what you’ll want to do instead is to put your treats in tiny Ziploc bags and toss away the big bag.

4. When at the park with your kids, get into play mode. Rather than only sitting around and watching to make sure that they’re safe, engage them in a game of ‘tag’ and get your body up and moving.

5. When on vacation, don’t leave your running shoes behind.

Sure you want to go sight-seeing and thus, you’ll most likely be getting some walking in but the amount of walking you to will also be related to your comfort level when walking. Stress shoes and stilettos mean that you’ll be taking the bus for what would only be a 10 minute walk.

6. Choose a day in the week to skip meat, soda or other edibles you’d like to cut down on.

7. Lose belly fat by drinking 5 cups of green tea daily.

8. Drink a cup of water before dinner to feel fuller faster.

9. Eating foods packed with Vitamin C reduces the production of Cortisol, which is a hormone responsible for the storage of body fat.

10. Pulling your tummy in while running or jogging will help you to tone it up a bit more and also burn more calories.

11. Burn more calories while you’re asleep by enjoying a spoon of peanut butter before bedtime.

12. Invest in comfortable and attractive workout clothes. The better you look, the better you’ll feel and the more you’ll want to get suited up and out on the track.

13. Challenge yourself more with an activity monitor. Set realistic goals for yourself and push yourself to reach them.

14. Exercise while watching television. Choose your favorite television show and turn it into an exercising game. Whenever character X says a certain word, do 10 jumping jacks. Whenever another character laughs or cries, do 10 sit-ups.

15. Burn more calories by wearing a weight vest or backpack while walking or while running errands

Cut down the amount you eat by chewing more. This will allow you to truly enjoy your food and also prevent you from eating too much. Dinner isn’t a race! 

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