There is no one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight. After all, your weight is influenced by a number of factors - some of which are out of your control like your metabolism. However, one thing that we can all agree on is that losing weight is hard.
Hunger is one of the worst feelings in the world. It can dramatically impact your mood, which has a knock-on effect on your productivity. So eating less isn't a feasible solution for most of us who are looking to shed those pesky extra pounds.
To discover how to make your snacks healthier (and tastier), check out the video below:
While there is no doubt that exercise can play a massive role in the weight loss journey, if you're frightened to hit the gym because you know you won't be able to stick to a diet, then you absolutely have to learn about these ingenious food swaps from food blogger @MeowMiex.
1. Healthy everyday substitutes
You might think that drizzling your seemingly healthy meal with oil won't do any harm, or complimenting it with sour cream, but it is. Instead, opt for a healthy alternative like extra virgin olive oil or guacamole. The same applies to chocolate.
2. The innocent treat that's not so innocent
While it might be tempting to pop into Starbuck's on a hot summer's day for a frappuccino, it won't be doing your health or your waistline any favors and it certainly won't be filling you up. That's why a tasty summer salad is a better option.
3. Make smart food choices
Sometimes an innocent sweet treat can do a lot of damage, and if you're an office snacker, you could be piling on the pounds at your desk. Smart food choices like a bowl of fruit over a small cup of jelly beans are tastier and more filling anyway.
4. Starving yourself doesn't work
Sure, less food might cause you to lose weight in the short term, but there's nothing sustainable about losing weight in this way. Your body and your waistline will thank you if you replace starvation with healthy and nutritious foods.
5. How to satisfy that chocolate craving
There's nothing wrong with craving something sweet and unhealthy. We are all human at the end of the day. Just don't let your sweet tooth get the better of you and lead to unnecessary indulgence. Quickly satisfy your craving and then stop eating.
6. Remember not to beat yourself up
Ignoring the calorie content of what you're eating isn't a good thing if your diet is unhealthy, but neither is counting calories obsessively. If you fancy the occasional snack or limit yourself to one cheat day a week, don't beat yourself up for it.
7. Losing weight really isn't that hard
The foods in the first row all contain high calorie processed foods, whereas those on the bottom do not, but still fill you up and give your tummy box exactly what it was looking for. Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest differences in life.
8. Healthy substitutes can improve nutrition too
Yes, while fruit juice might seem like a relatively healthy option, during the juicing process, the fruits lose a lot of their nutritional value - and don't get me started on what's added to certain ranch sauces. Spinach is also more nutritious than lettuce.
9. Which meal would you prefer?
To begin with, the home-cooked meal looks considerably tastier than the fast food. What's more is that while it's no secret that fast food isn't good for your waistline. The most damaging components of this meal are the artificial chemicals it's stuffed with.
10. A simple calory saving hack
But sometimes meal substitutes don't have to involve anything drastic. Often, the healthier option will have fewer calories and be more nutritious - as the case when the differences between brown and white rice are put side by side.
11. Skip breakfast in the morning? You probably shouldn't
I'm particularly guilty of this calory sin. When I'm tired, I'll do almost anything for a few extra minutes in bed, even if that means traveling to work on an empty stomach. While Bulletproof coffee might be my first meal of the day, it doesn't fill me up with anything other than calories. Yikes!
12. These healthy swaps look a lot tastier
Now, I don't know about you but Greek yogurt, mashed berries, and maple syrup sounds like a dream breakfast to me.
13. Granola and breakfast bars are not as healthy as they seem
If you're craving a quick snack, you're better off eating what's in a granola or a breakfast bar, as the simple ingredients you're craving will contain more fiber and less sugar. The more you know, eh?
14. You can eat a lot more when you eat healthily
A lot of nutritionists recommend eating the rainbow, and as this picture demonstrates, if you aim to eat the rainbow, you're going to be eating a lot more yet simultaneously losing weight.
15. You'll never regret eating clean
Okay, that's a lie, with the exception of eating a bar of soap, you're never going to regret it.
16. Eating clean will make you feel better too
Fast food might give you a quick energy boost, but it doesn't last for long, unlike clean eating which can keep you going throughout the day. It just goes to show that it's a complete myth that you have to eat less to lose weight.
17. Do you like bacon?
Good. Because you indulge in some rashers if you're willing to make your own egg McMuffin and smoothie instead of eating the ones on offer at McDonald's.
18. The calorie differences between foods can be staggering
You might want to make this your phone screensaver so that you don't forget the next time you're in Starbucks.
19. You don't have to count calories to lose weight
In reality, you just need to know which foods have a lower calorie content. You'll be so full after eating them that you're extremely unlikely to want anything else to eat.
20. Losing weight doesn't mean losing snacks
A little effort can go a long way when it comes to getting the body of your dreams.
So there you have it - 20 ingenious food swaps that will have you shedding pounds in no time. Contrary to popular opinion, losing weight doesn't have to mean eating less and, in a lot of occasions, only requires making small changes to your diet!