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47 Super Easy Healthy Dinners That’ll Help You Lose Weight

Healthy dinners that will shed off excess pounds.

Say no to takeouts forever! These healthy dinner recipes will help you shed off those excess pounds.

1. Summer Farrotto

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (3 oz)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 c. sliced red onion
  • 1 c. diced yellow squash
  • 1/2 c. dry faro
  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Check out the recipe here.

2. Pork Chops With Roasted Vegetables

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil, divided
  • 6 small red potatoes (about 12 ounces), halved
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 (8-ounce) package crimini mushrooms, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup (50g) Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (about 1 ounce)

Check out the recipe here.

3. Blackened salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon paprika, (3g)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, (1g)
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar, (4g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, (1g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, (1g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, (3g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, (680g) skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, (15ml)
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, (1g)

Check out the recipe here.

4. Pork with Veggies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pork tenderloin (4 oz)
  • 1 c. steamed green beans
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 baked sweet potato

Check out the recipe here.

5. Mushroom Bison Burger

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz. grass-fed bison burger
  • 1 portobello mushroom, grilled
  • 1 slice red onion
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 1 Arnold Artisan Ovens Multi-Grain Flatbread

Check out the recipe here.

6. Sheet Pan Curried Chicken and Vegetables

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil, divided
  • 4 teaspoons Curry powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Salt, divided
  • 4 cups Cauliflower florets
  • 3 cups Carrots, cut into sticks
  • 2 Red bell peppers, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh ginger, shredded
  • 6 Chicken thighs, skin-on bone-in
  • 2 cups Green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup Cilantro, finely chopped

Check out the recipe here.

7. Veggie Steak Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium ears sweet corn, husked
  • 1 beef flank steak (1 pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Check out the recipe here.

8. Baked Salmon With Lemon and Dill

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (such as Vital Farms Unsalted Pasture-Raised Butter)
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fresh skin-on salmon fillet 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Check out the recipe here.

9. Loaded Spaghetti

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. sliced bell pepper
  • 1/2 c. sliced red onion
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 c. cooked whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4 c. cooked edamame

Check out the recipe here.

10. Simple Shrimp Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (16 ounces) package dry fusilli pasta
  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste

Check out the recipe here.

11. Cheesy Veggie Pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c. whole-wheat macaroni
  • 1 c. crushed whole peeled canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 c. chopped spinach
  • 1 c. zucchini wedges
  • 2 tsp. olive oil

Check out the recipe here.

12. Moroccan-spiced eggplant and tomato stew

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large (~550 g) eggplant (unpeeled and cut into bite-size pieces // ~7 cups cubed eggplant as the recipe is written)
  • 2 Tbsp olive or melted coconut oil (if avoiding oil, omit)
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Check out the recipe here.

13. Shrimp and Broccoli Rotini

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups water
  • 8 ounces uncooked rotini
  • 3 cups packaged fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Check out the recipe here.

14. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Super creamy, full of flavor, slightly sweet, and ultra-savory. Check out the recipe here.

15. Zesty Tofu and Quinoa

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 2 oz. extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 3 tbsp. diced red pepper
  • 3 tbsp. diced green pepper
  • 1 tsp. cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. diced avocado
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice

Check out the recipe here.

16. Cod with Rosemary Polenta and Beans

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz. cod
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/4 c. dry polenta
  • 1/2 c. milk, 1% fat
  • 1 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 c. cooked green beans

Check out the recipe here.

17.  Watermelon Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bag (4 ounces) arugula stems removed and roughly torn
  • 2 c. cubed watermelon
  • 1 package (3 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ground black pepper

Check out the recipe here.

18. BBQ Lentil Burgers with Ranch Dressing – Gluten Free Option

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils*
  • 1/3 cup chopped white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain panko or GF breadcrumbs, divided
  • 10-12 whole wheat buns
  • 1/4 cup ranch dip
  • lettuce tomato, onion (optional toppings)

Check out the recipe here.

19. Seared Scallops with Lemon Juice and Sage

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 3 oz. sea scallops*
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground sage
  • 1 1/2 c. cubed roasted acorn squash
  • 2 c. kale sauteed in 2 tsp olive oil

Check out the recipe here.

20. Jambalaya Blend with Veggies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 veggie burger
  • 1/2 c. cooked brown rice
  • 2 tbsp. corn
  • 2 tbsp. salsa
  • 1/2 c. chopped red, green, or yellow bell peppers
  • 3/4 c. diced squash
  • 3/4 c. diced zucchini
  • 1/4 c. chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Check out the recipe here.

21. Grilled Honey Lime Shrimp

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs. peeled, deveined raw shrimp
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Check out the recipe here.

22. Eggplant Parmesan

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, for lightly pan-frying
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups whole milk mozzarella shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves chopped, for garnish (optional)

Check out the recipe here.

23. Arugula Salad with Zucchini Ribbons

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 C arugula
  • 1 sm zucchini (or 1/2 lg)
  • 3/4 C pecan halves (2 oz)
  • 1/3 C salted, roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 oz. parmesan, shaved
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 2 tbsp. freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

Check out the recipe here.

24. Baked Chicken with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 skinless chicken breast
  • 1 c. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. chives
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato

Check out the recipe here.

25. Light Lasagna

26. Lemon Chicken with Gazpacho

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 oz. chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary
  • Gazpacho
  • 1 c. stewed tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Check out the recipe here.

27. Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce, optional
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 8 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

Check out the recipe here.

28. Spicy Asian Zucchini Noodles with Almond Butter Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Salad

  • 2 large zucchini, washed and ends trimmed – cut into ‘noodles’ using a spiral cutter or vegetable peeler
  • 1 large carrot, washed and ends trimmed – cut into ‘noodles’ using a spiral cutter or a julienne vegetable peeler
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup snow peas or sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter (without added sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil (may substitute olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (may substitute 1/4 tsp dried ginger)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Lime wedges for serving

Check out the recipe here.

29. Italian Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Check out the recipe here.

30. Spaghetti and meatballs

INGREDIENTS

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 whole egg
  • Black pepper and salt to taste

Tomato Sauce

  • ½ chopped onion
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp white sugar (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Check out the recipe here.

31. Sweetgreen Portobello, Squash, and Wild Rice Bowl with Ginger Miso Dressing

INGREDIENTS

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked wild rice, warm
  • 4 cups kale leaves, shredded
  • 1 handful basil leaves, torn
  • 3 portobello mushrooms, stemmed, diced + roasted
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, diced + roasted
  • 1 small red onion, peeled, diced + roasted
  • 1 medium red beet, peeled, diced small + raw

For the Miso Ginger Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp sweet white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tbsp sriracha (optional)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil, or oil of choice

Check out the recipe here.

32. Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese Cooking spray
  • 1 (8-ounce) package precooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Check out the recipe here.

33. Half-Homemade Soup with Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz boneless, without chicken breast skin
  • 1 cup organic chunky vegetable soup Amy
  • 2 dry quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 10 small asparagus tips
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Check out the recipe here.

34. Shrimp Ceviche

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c. chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 c. chopped jicama
  • 1/3 c. chopped mango
  • 1 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. sliced avocado
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 c. cooked shrimp
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. red pepper

Check out the recipe here.

35. Teriyaki Beef with Veggies

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz. beef tenderloin, cubed*
  • 2 tbsp. reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Newman’s Own Lighten Up honey-mustard dressing
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. sliced carrots
  • 1/2 c. chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 c. sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/4 c. sliced peppers
  • 1/2 c. cooked brown rice

Check out the recipe here.

36. Cookout for One

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 organic beef hot dog
  • 1/2 cup cooked organic beans
  • 1 whole wheat hot dog bread
  • 1/2 c old-fashioned mustard
  • 1/2 c sweet relish slices of honey melon
  • 1 cup Cook hot dog, and heat the baked beans in a saucepan.

Check out the recipe here.

37. Keto Asian Meatball Noodle Bowls

INGREDIENTS

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground meat (chicken or turkey)
  • 1/4 cup minced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated Swerve
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Other:

  • 2 packages shirataki noodles (miracle noodles)
  • 8 ounces snow peas

Check out the recipe here.

38. Confetti Pesto Pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • Combine 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked green beans
  •  1 1/2 cups diced chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper in a bowl
  • Add 4 cups cooked linguine
  • Garnish with 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

Check out the recipe here.

39. Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

INGREDIENTS

Shredded Pork

  • 3 Lbs Pork Tenderloin
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Sage

Blackberry Sauce

  • 10 ounces Fresh Blackberries
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • Pinch Salt

Check out the recipe here.

40. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Whole30 compliant Frank’s Red Hot or Sriracha-not Whole30 compliant)
  • 1/3 cup ghee (may sub coconut oil OR butter (not whole30 compliant) )
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne (optional – adds more heat)
  • 8 small baked sweet potatoes (about 7 oz. each uncooked)
  • Homemade ranch dressing (optional)

Check out the recipe here.

41. Roasted Cauliflower Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch basic roasted cauliflower
  • 1 batch red enchilada sauce
  • 7-8 large flour tortillas
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) bag shredded cheese (I recommend either a Mexican blend or Pepperjack)
  • toppings: lots of sliced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled queso fresco, pepitas, or whatever else sounds good!

Check out the recipe here.

42.Cilantro Shrimp with Squash, Chard, and Wild Rice

Check out the recipe here.

43. Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

Check out the recipe here.

44. Easy Salmon Cakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 15 ounces canned salmon, drained, or 1½ cups cooked salmon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1¾ cups fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbS
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepperCreamy Dill Sauce
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Check out the recipe here.

45. Sauteed Chicken Breast with Creamy Chive Sauce

Check out the recipe here.

46. Spaghetti Squash Peanut “Noodles” with Chicken

Check out the recipe here.

47. Shrimp Poke

Check out the recipe here.

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12 Signs Your Metabolism Is Out Of Whack

Pay attention to your body!

Your metabolism plays a significant role in the ability of your body to turn food into energy and probably you loved and hated it at different times in your life. But while your metabolism will probably be obvious if it works well, you can really feel off if it isn’t. Your metabolism is normal to decrease as you get older, so you will gain weight more likely when you don’t eat well and have to work harder to maintain weight loss. But it might mean that something unusual is taking place if you experience any of the following symptoms.

1. You have dry skin.

“As the skin fails to gain vital nutrients, the skin loses its luster. Also as your body tries to conserve heat, you don’t sweat as much. This can impact your skin, leaving it feeling dry and cracked,” says Dr. Mashfika N. Alam, MBBS, a general practitioner at Icliniq.

2. You crave for sugar and starchy foods

“Cravings are often your body’s way of asking for an energy pick-me-up. If you’re eating well and sleeping enough, but still have really intense cravings, it could be that your metabolism isn’t effectively converting the foods you’ve already eaten into the energy your body needs,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

3. You’re Really Tired

“If you often feel tired, it could be a sign that your metabolism is a little slower as your body is not doing a great job at converting your food intake into energy quickly enough,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

4. Headaches that persist.

When your thyroid hormones are out of whack, which happens with an underactive thyroid, this can trigger headaches or even migraines.

5. You Always Have To Pee

A slow metabolism can influence other body processes, including the number of times you get into the toilet.

6. You Have a Decreased Pulse Rate

It could be because of a slower metabolism if you noticed that your heartbeat slows down. “The pulse rate is directly proportional to the metabolic rate and therefore delayed pulsation happens when the basal metabolism rate is slowed down,” suggests Dr. Alam.

7. Your Nails Are Brittle

Similar to the effect on your skin owing to a slow metabolism, changes in your nails may be noticed because your body does not absorb nutrients. Susan Besser, MD, says some prevalent changes include more broken nails and greater ridges.

8. Your Moods Are Up & Down

“This isn’t necessarily caused directly by a slower-than-usual metabolism, but feeling tired when your metabolism isn’t up to par can make you feel rundown—and that can make you moody,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

9. You feel cold all the time.

Your metabolism also helps generate heat, and if it’s slow, you might be extra chilly. As a result, you may find yourself layering up and throwing extra blankets on your bed,” says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

10. You’re constipated

“With a slower metabolism, the bowel transit time is slower too,” Dr. Besser explains. “It takes longer for food to travel through the GI tract and be properly digested, thus constipation occurs.”

11. You’ve experienced unexplained weight gain.

“If you’re eating well, and watching your caloric intake, and still gaining weight, it’s worth talking to a doctor or dietitian to see what’s going on,” says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

12. You’re losing hair

“When your metabolism isn’t working well, your body doesn’t turn over cells as quickly as it should to maintain your skin and hair,” says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

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15 Things You Should Do In The Afternoon If You Want To Lose Weight

Afternoon habits for weight loss transformation.

Apart from major changes, such as eating more veggies, reducing your sugar-packed smoothies, and committing yourself to a kick-ass workout, small behavioral tweaks can also significantly impact your ability to lose weight. Actually, every sweat session and good dinner may be undermined by stuff you do every day. The excellent news is that you can keep up with your weight loss objectives by changing a couple of old habits and adding a couple of new behaviors. Add these habits to your afternoon routine and experience massive changes in your body.

1. Drink Green Tea

Green tea contains theobromine and theophylline, and the amino acid L-Theanine. These substances help calm the nervous system and improve concentration abilities.

2. Afternoon Wakeup Workout: Energizing Exercises (via youtube realbeauty)

3. Go For a Midday Walk

Getting up and moving around not only can help you digest after a big meal, but it also may boost your fat burn.

4. Get moving

“If you sit for the rest of the day, you are undoing most of those good workout effects,” says Rumsey. “Make an effort to stand up and move at least once an hour, even if it’s just for a minute or two. All these little movements add up.”

5. Have an errand walk

Instead of walking to get in shape, once or twice a week, walk to get things done.

6. Listen to your hunger

“If you tend to get slammed during the day, it can be easy to brush your hunger cues aside. This backfires, leaving you famished later in the day and more likely to overeat when you finally do make time to have a meal,” says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., C.S.C.S., author of Three Steps to a Healthier You.

7. Pamper yourself with a fruit shake

Instead of eating the desert you will probably regret why not replace it with a delicious fruit shake or smoothie.

8. Drink more water

“People underestimate the impact that not drinking enough water can have on our bodies,” says Rumsey. “Even slight dehydration (just one or two cups) can cause you to feel hungry, when really what you need is fluid.”

9. Afternoon Fitness Burn | 4-Minute Workouts

Exercising gets your heart-pumping and blood-flowing.

10. Substitute Afternoon Snacking With Exercise

Exercise is the best way to fend off those post-work cravings.

11. Splash some cold water on your face

This is a great way to recharge your batteries.

12. Watch out for the bites, licks, and tastes

“While it may seem like just a small sample or tiny bite, these all add up over the course of the day,” Rumsey says. “Often these bites, licks, and tastes are a significant source of calories.”

13. Indulge yourself with a piece of chocolate

Chocolate contains tonic substances like caffeine, theobromine and theophylline which have a stimulating physical and psychological effect.

14. Grab a power snack

A good healthy snack is the best way to pick up in the early evenings, just to end the day in an active mode, rather than just waiting for you to get back home and hide.

15. Just laugh!

A good laugh releases happy endorphins, which help you get rid of all the stress and turn into the upbeat person you should be all the time.

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