So you’ve decided that you need to lose a few of those extra pounds and want some tips? Here are 10 simple tips that may seem small, but I promise you that if you follow these tips properly the weight will melt off you!
No eating after 7pm
This of course depends on your sleeping schedule, but generally you should stop eating at least 3 to 4 hours before you plan to go to bed. This allows you to burn off most of the calories of your last meal and helps you sleep easier. If you eat close to when you’re going to sleep your body cannot metabolize the food properly, and a lot of it is stored as fat. Also, the last meal you eat should not be a huge meal; you want to give your body time to burn the calories off.
Eat low or no-calorie foods
There’s really no such thing as a no calorie food, but there are foods which take more calories for your body to digest than they contain themselves! So this really is guilt free food that you can eat without worrying about. Your choices could include foods such as celery, blueberries, lettuce, green beans, watermelon, pears and grapes – not all of these are ‘no-calorie’ but they are very close.
Detox your body
Detoxing is a really quick method for losing weight. It’s not recommended long term but you can shed off quite a few pounds doing a proper detox. There are various detox supplements on the market and also different types of detox diets.
Get more active
Adding some sort of physical exercise to your daily routine will work wonders in weight loss as well as make you feel great! Other research has shown that alongside extra physical activity, if you purposely try to add even more activity to your daily routines you will shed even more weight. Things like parking the car at the back of the parking lot or getting off the bus a few stops early will burn extra calories throughout your day.
Don’t skip breakfast
Everyone says this and it really is that important. When you wake up your body has been fasted for a long time and really needs some good quality energy to help you get through the day. Eating a good healthy breakfast will do wonders for your weight loss.
Green tea has been proven to assist in weight loss and has other amazing health benefits. It is packed to the brim with antioxidants and reduces cholesterol, slows down aging, helps digest different fats and speeds up your metabolism. Everyone should drink green tea!
Get more fibre
Research has shown that diets high in fibre are much better for losing weight. This is because fibre helps you feel full longer and will stop you from over eating. Vegetables, fruits, brown rice, oats and nuts are all loaded with fibre. You can also get products such as psyllium husk powder or metamucil for additional fibre.
Drink loads of water
With your additional physical exercise you are going to need to make sure that you stay hydrated. This is very important and you should be aiming for at least 8 glasses of water per day (often more than that). Water also has the additional benefit of filling you up which will stop you craving bad foods. Often when people are dehydrated their brains will send messages to the body saying that it needs water, but these are often misinterpreted as hunger!
Get started early
As well as getting the all-important breakfast in, studies have shown that people who get active early in the morning burn up to 3 times more fat during the day! By kicking off your day with some physical activity you set yourself up to be working your best for the full duration of the day. You will feel like you have more energy and will be more likely to stay consistent than if you were exercising at the end of the day when you are already tired.
Make the right choices
Weight loss is all about making the right choices. There are going to be times when you slip up but you have to learn from them and get back on track. You will have to learn what works for you, but simple mind tricks can work wonders. Next time you are craving that cake or burger ask yourself which you want more – the cake/burger or to fit into a new pair of jeans? It’s pretty easy to make that choice if you stop and ask yourself so simple things like this can help a lot. It’s now time to integrate these tips into your daily life and get to work, good luck!