Life doesn’t have to be a never-ending struggle with your weight. Real, lasting, healthy weight loss can happen easily – if you do the right things and start where you are. Don’t try to lose 50 pounds in a week – it won’t work and you’ll feel burned out. Just focus on the simple things that can make all the difference.
Try this 5 tips and see what I mean.
1. Water. Drink Water.
Guzzling two small glasses of water before every meal is scientifically proven to help
you lose weight.
Studies have seen water drinkers slim down with more success than those who
don’t sup up before they eat- and not only do they lose unwanted pounds in the first
instance, but aqua-gulpers are also more successful at keeping weight off, too.
It’s thought that water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less
prone to overeating. The routine of drinking water before meals could serve as a
gentle reminder that you’re trying to lose weight, and discourages you from picking
up the Coke can or sugary drinks.
2. Commit to a lifestyle choice, not a diet
See also: healthiness is a journey, not a destination.
You can’t simply ‘be thin’ and then tick the ‘lose weight’ box, dusting off your hands
that you’ve completed another task on the to-do list.
Change happens one choice at a time- and that is how change sticks, too. Dieting
is an opportunity to alter the way you face every choice you’re given throughout the
day: things like walking over taking the bus and skipping the second and third biscuit.
Your objective needs to be progress rather than perfection.
Every daily choice should be an exercise in embracing healthiness, rather than
running from being overweight. Be kind to yourself.
3. Don’t ever go to bed hungry
If you are hungry and don’t eat, your body automatically goes into starvation mode,
lowering metabolism to conserve calories.
But, if you increase your body’s metabolism throughout the day, then at night your
body will continue to burn calories at a faster rate, even when you are resting.
Don’t pluck for a high-fat snack before slumber, though- be smart. Try half an apple
or a high-fibre cereal with skimmed milk. Be aware: a pre-bed snack is the exception,
not the rule. Don’t fall into the trap of making it a regular habit. Eat when you need to-
not because putting something in your mouth before bed it is a default setting.
4. Eat the things that are the ingredients, not that have ingredients
A great rule of thumb to figure out what might be good for your body, and what
probably isn’t, is packaging.
Fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, seeds, nuts and locally-sourced meats and fish
have less wasteful wrappings, and are better for you than say pizza, ready-meals
and salty snacks that come in plastic shrink-wrap and cardboard boxes.
If you do have to buy packet goods, read the ingredients list. More than 5 items
listed on the label means that it’s probably not doing your waist line any favours. The
more ingredients a product has, the more processed it is likely to be- and the more
processed a food is the more calories will be in it.
5. Follow the 30 minute rule
Japanese research suggests eating more slowly may help suppress the appetite,
and lower the risk of developing diabetes. Make every meal last half an hour.
Taking your time to chew also forces you enjoy your meal, rather than wolfing it
down so fast you forget you ever ate at all.
Chewing slowly and purposefully releases the true flavour of foods, too. You’ll soon
spot the difference between the cardboard blandness of the packaged rubbish
you’ve given up as part of your new lifestyle, and relish the party in your mouth from
those fresh wholefoods.
About The Author: Written by Laura Williams for Court House Clinics , a leading UK cosmetic treatment chain, specialising in non-surgical procedures.