Tips to live your best life ‐ weight loss
Maintaining a healthy weight or losing those niggling extra kilos could be as simple as making small everyday changes to your diet or lifestyle. It needn’t be about cutting out entire food groups, going on a detox or giving up all the things you love. We all know we should eat better and exercise more, but the following tips can also make a big difference to how you look and feel, without making you suffer.
- Get a little incidental exercise – Those little everyday movements we do as part of our day can build up over the course of the week and contribute to weight control.1 Try to walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift or escalator, walk or cycle to work, get off the bus or train one stop early or park further away and walk, wash the car, garden or mow the lawn, go shopping (do we need an excuse!) and mop or vacuum the floors. It may be worth investing in a pedometer to monitor how many steps you currently take and try thinking of ways to increase this amount. Try aiming to reach about 10,000 steps per day.
- Lighten up on habitual treats – Unfortunately these little treats add up and may be to blame for excess weight gain. If you can’t bear the thought of giving up biscuits with your coffee or tea then consider making a healthy alternative. Look for biscuit recipes based on almond meal or oatmeal. As for the afternoon vending machine visit, limit yourself to a treat once or twice a week. Most days, try snacking on hummus and carrot sticks or wholegrain crackers, fruit, nuts and seeds or dried figs.
- Move during ad breaks – Use frustrating ad breaks during your favourite television shows to your advantage by doing some crunches, holding a plank or doing some tricep dips. Ad breaks last for around three minutes so you should be able to fit a few rounds in.
- Prepare breakfast the night before – Need to be out the door by seven each morning? You can still fuel up with a healthy breakfast by preparing something the night before. Skipping the most important meal of the day will not only affect your energy levels and brain power but can increase your waistline as you will more than likely compensate by overeating throughout the day.
- Up your water intake – Research suggests that increasing your water consumption, in addition to a weight loss or maintenance program, can help to further reduce body weight after 3‐12 months.2 This is believed to be because water is kilojoule free, suppresses hunger and fills you up making it less likely to overeat. Have a big glass of water with the juice of half a lemon or lime first thing in the morning to replace lost fluids overnight and get your hydration efforts off to a good start.
- Serve meals in bowls or smaller plates – Trick your body into thinking you’re eating more than you really are by filling a smaller bowl or plate with food. Using chopsticks to eat may also help you to slow down at meal times and avoid overeating.
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Published February 10, 2014
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