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Tiny Changes You Can Make To Help Speed Weight Loss

Losing weight is typically good for your health in the long run, but the process of actually losing weight isn't often enjoyable. As such, you probably want to drop those pounds as soon as possible so you can resume your more normal habits. Implementing a few of these tiny weight loss tips and tricks can help speed your weight loss.

1. Park farther from the door.

Whenever you go anywhere, whether it's to work or to the grocery store, park a little farther from the door than you normally would. This will cause you to have to walk extra steps, which will help you get more exercise and burn more calories. It may seem like a small thing to do, but the extra steps will add up over time.

2. Use less butter and oil.

You're probably already eating healthier meals and smaller meals, but one way to cut back on your calorie intake just a little more is to reduce the amount of butter and oil you're using. A tablespoon of butter or oil contains around 100 to 120 calories. So if you use just one teaspoon of butter on your toast rather than 3 teaspoons (equivalent to a tablespoon), you'll be saving 70 calories or more! Cook your veggies in a teaspoon of vegetable oil rather than a tablespoon, and you've saved another 70 calories! 

3. Do some basic bodyweight exercises each morning.

In addition to your normal workouts, you can spend just five minutes doing a few bodyweight exercises when you first get out of bed every morning. You can vary this each morning to keep it interesting. Do jumping jacks one day and squats the next. Getting active first thing will boost your metabolism and burn more calories.

4. Serve yourself, and then put the food away.

This is an excellent tactic for preventing yourself from eating more than you should be eating. Put the food you plan on eating on your plate, and then put the rest of the food away before you start eating. The temptation to take seconds when you really shouldn't will be thwarted, helping to speed your weight loss.

By making a lot of small changes like those listed above, you can lose weight quickly and healthily. Reach out to your doctor if you have any lingering questions or concerns about weight loss; they can be an excellent source of information as you move forward. You can also contact a weight loss dietitian in your area to make a weight loss plan.