10 Painless Ways to Lose Weight

1. Add, Don't Subtract

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Not only does it make it harder to graze the buffet, but you'll also be less tempted to sip endless cocktails, too. Finally, keeping your body refreshed with plenty of water may also help your workout, says Anthony. Staying hydrated means "I can exercise more, and longer, than if I don't drink water.

With the massive meals served at so many American restaurants, it's easy to go Dutch -- with the dinner plate. That way, we don't feel stuffed, and we save some money. You can share more than just a meal out. Why not double up on a bicycle built for two?

Go halves on the cost of a personal trainer? Maybe split a gym membership? The American Heart Association knows what we love: And they also know we need to get more exercise. So why not combine the two, they ask?

Try dancing to the music when you tune into your favorite music show, or practice some stress-relieving cardio boxing when your least favorite reality contestant is on camera.

During commercials pedal your stationery bike, walk the treadmill, or slip in a little strength training doing bicep curls with cans of your favorite fizzy beverage as weights. Or get inspired to really focus: Put in a high-energy exercise DVD and get motivated by the pros onscreen. It doesn't matter exactly what you do, so long as you're up and active. Aim for at least 15 minutes, says the AHA. If you get really engrossed, you just might outlast the last survivor. That's because while a small portion served on a large plate can leave you craving more, a smaller plate gives the visual signal that you already have more.

We know we've had enough because we see the bottom of our bowl or plate. And don't forget smaller bowls, cups, and spoons. For example, try savoring a bowl of ice cream with a baby spoon. Not only does the pleasure last longer, but your body has time to register the food you've eaten. When your weight loss efforts lead to boredom or too much self-focus, get occupied with something else.

So take a break from the siren-call of the tube, and get occupied with things that have nothing to do with food. For some, that might mean becoming involved with local politics, discovering yoga, or enjoying painting. Or maybe you want to help a child with a science project, repaint the bedroom, or take a class.

Have a life outside of weight loss. Then at least eat your meals at the table. While cultivating that virtue isn't exactly painless, it may help to know that keeping weight off generally gets easier over time.

That's the result of a study published in Obesity Research, where researchers found that for people who had lost at least 30 pounds -- and kept it off for at least two years -- maintaining that weight loss required less effort as time went on. So if you crave the results reported by successful "losers" like these -- improved self-confidence, a boost in mood, and better health -- cultivate patience.

You may find your way to sweet and nearly painless weight loss success. If 10 tips for painless weight loss or maintenance aren't enough, how about trying some of these ideas from WebMD's weight loss community members? Women's Health Feature Stories. Add, Don't Subtract Forget diet denial: Try adding foods to your diet instead of subtracting them. Forget About Working Out If the word "exercise" inspires you to creative avoidance, then avoid it. Go Walking Walking when the weather's nice is a super-easy way to keep fit, says Diane Virginias, a certified nursing assistant from New York.

Continued No sidewalks in your neighborhood? Try these tips for slipping in more steps: Trade your power mower for a push version. Park your car at the back of the lot. Get out of the office building and enjoy walking meetings. Sweep the drive or rake the leaves instead of using a leaf-blower. Get off the bus a few stops earlier. It also must be presented in a manner that is appealing and served at the appropriate temperature, hot foods served hot and cold foods served cold.

Food must be served in a form -- soft, ground, pureed or thickened -- to meet the needs of residents with chewing and swallowing problems. Special equipment and utensils must be provided to help residents eat as independently as possible, although staff must be sufficient in number and have appropriate training to supervise and assist residents who cannot feed themselves.

Therapeutic diets, such as diabetic, renal or bariatric diets, must be ordered by the physician and calculated by the dietitian. Residents with actual or potential weight loss, large wounds or nonhealing pressure sores must receive sufficient calories and supplements to promote healing and prevent further weight loss and skin breakdown. Food must be handled, stored and prepared in a sanitary manner and must be served at the appropriate temperature to prevent food-borne illnesses.

For instance, potentially hazardous foods such as eggs, meat and milk must be kept refrigerated at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Meats should be cooked to at least degrees Fahrenheit; hot foods should be maintained -- usually on a steam table -- at degrees Fahrenheit while being served. In addition, food must only be obtained from sources licensed by federal, state or local authorities.

Foods prepared or canned at home and food from unlicensed sources are prohibited. Nursing home residents and their families have the right to voice concerns and make complaints to the staff of the nursing home, or any other person, without fear of punishment.

Concerns regarding food and nutrition should be brought to the attention of the nursing home administrator, director of nursing or dietary manager; and the nursing home must address the issue promptly. Unresolved complaints should be directed to the State Survey and Certification Agency for investigation.

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