It’s that time of year when most of us make New Year’s resolutions. It appears that the beginning of the new year is the best time to get rid of old habits and replace them with new ones which we hope will make us thinner/ healthier/fitter/ smarter/more organised/…
Losing weight is consistently at the top of most people’s lists. If getting trimmer was one of your goals this year, here are some helpful hints to help you!
- Don’t starve yourself! Fasting can trigger the evolutionary response in your body to store fat!
- Eat healthy fats! I know…I know…It sounds like blasphemy (especially if you live in America), but believe me, a fat-free diet is the biggest myth in the history of the world. Of course, some fats are bad and you need to steer clear of them (think margarine, Omega 6 rich vegetable oils, and transfats). But healthy oils can actually boost your metabolism and help you shed the unwanted weight. They also help you absorb the fat-soluble vitamins from the food you eat.
- Don’t drink your calories. You have no idea how many calories can be consumed just by drinking soft drinks or alcohol. Diet drinks are not better! They trick your body to believe that you haven’t consumed many calories and make your body crave them. As a result, people end up eating more food high in calories. What’s more, new studies show that artificial sweeteners can make your body store more fat. Instead, drink plenty of water. Water helps us to feel full (dehydration often causes food cravings) and is the key to detoxifying your body. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you much, try to add some lemon slices, lemon juice, crushed mint or fruit slices.
- Eat protein at every meal. Eating protein at every meal will help you feel fuller for longer and will also help to keep your blood sugar stabilised. That will prevent snacking between meals. Good protein sources are lean meat, fish, eggs, beans and legumes, nuts and plain yoghurt.
- 3 meals per day, NOT 5 or 6 small ones. Eating 5-6 smaller meals per day can lead to constant grazing and overeating. Additionally, when your body is provided with the fuel every 2-3 hours, it will burn that fuel rather than use the fuel from stored fat. Instead eat 3 satisfying meals with a focus on what, how much and how fast you are eating. Take your time, eat slowly and give your body time to register when it has had enough food. Make each meal count and make your breakfast or lunch your main meal.
- Exercise! Unless there is a condition involved (eg. Metabolic Syndrome, PCOS) losing weight is a simple equation: energy in (food and drink) should be slightly less than energy out (exercise and passive metabolism).
Tune in soon for more healthy weight loss tips!
Till then, smiles for miles,