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Body weight is a bit of a sensitive subject for most of us, and with summer pretty much on top of us, many are working hard to get rid of that little bit of winter flab in order to get that great beach bod.

There are many diets and eating plans out there, but the best diet is still a healthy, balanced diet sticking to a healthy diet, however, can be quite difficult. Here are some small lifestyle changes you can make to help you achieve your health, weight and fitness goals.

It’s what you eat, not what you don’t eat
Many diet plans include some type of food you should cut out of your diet, but this rarely works, and is one of the things people ‘cheat’ on most. Adding healthier foods like fruit, nuts and healthy protein to your diet is usually the best way to get your diet on track, because you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs. Stick with it for a little while and soon you’ll find yourself craving leafy greens instead of fatty pies.

Portion is king
How much we eat is often a huge contributing factor to weight gain, even when it comes to healthy food. We usually consume big portions more out of craving than hunger there’s a difference between feeling satisfied and feeling full. Because most of us were brought up to “finish what’s on your plate”, simply dish up on smaller plates, don’t go for seconds. Even when you feel like indulging, eat one slice of cake, not three.

Drink up
One of the best ways of cutting down on the amount of food you eat is to drink some water before a meal. This will make you feel more less full, meaning you’ll dish up less food. When you go to a restaurant, drink a glass of water before looking at the menu, it will make you less likely to order that giant steak.

Go for a walk
Many people balk at the thought of exercise the word alone can make you feel tired. If you’re one of those, then don’t exercise, just go for a walk, especially if you spend the majority of your day sitting behind a desk. Go for a walk around the block or at a nearby park walking makes you notice things you normally don’t when driving or taking public transport, and pretty soon you would have walked farther than you thought.

Get some sleep
Sleep has been shown to be a large contributing factor when it comes to controlling your weight, and not getting your eight hours every night will make it more difficult to keep the flab at bay. Lack of sleep affects everything from your hunger hormones, makes you crave food that give you instant, instead of longer lasting energy, as well as making bad food decisions, like ordering a enormous latte to get you going in the morning.

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