Revealed! Eight easy ways to lose weight
Sure, there’s no magic pill when it comes to weight loss but there are some ways of making it easier. The fact is losing weight will mean making some sacrifices. Once you accept that, weight loss will be a piece of cake, as long as don’t eat it! Read on…
Eat your veggies
Mom was right! Eat your fill of raw, stir fried or grilled vegetables for a lasting sense of fullness, loads of fiber, very few calories and tons of nutrition. Aim to have six to seven servings daily.
Guzzle up on aqua
Aim to get up to three liters daily, including green or herbal teas, soups, milk and vegetable/fruit smoothies. Not only is water necessary for hydration it’s also the best way to fight the bloat. Drink every time you feel hungry between mealtimes, and especially to avoid the mid-afternoon slump.
A wise woman stays away from temptation. Keep biscuits, chips, candies and chocolates out of reach, even if you pride yourself on your will power. Instead stock up on low fat yogurt, roasted khakhras and fruit.
Eat out with caution
Dining out is a minefield. Most women we know are so careful about what they eat at home but throw caution to the winds when eating out with friends. Mindful is the name of the game. Look for items that say ‘boiled’, ‘grilled’ or ‘roasted’ rather than fried, crispy or buttered. Eating a salad? Ask for the dressing on the side or settle for vinaigrette.
Experts contend that healthy adults need at last four hours of exercise per week. If you can’t fit a 45 minute exercise into your schedule daily, split it into ten minute walks thrice a day. Take the stairs, walk the dog, stay on your feet as you talk on the phone. Just keep moving.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and you didn’t gain all that weight overnight. So neither are you going to lose it that quickly. Just stay consistent and persevere. Remember slow and steady ultimately wins the race.
Try the 5×5 plan
Jessica Smith, a certified wellness coach and creator of the Walk On: 21-Day Weight Loss Plan has this to say. “Start leaving about five bites on your plate at meal times. Set an alarm to get up and walk for five minutes for every hour you spend sitting at the computer or in front of the TV.” The results won’t be dramatic at first but keep at it and you’ll be able to see the difference.
Be kind to yourself
Calling yourself names (Loser! Fatty!) is totally counter-productive. Remember we’re all works in progress and loving your self—bulges and all—is the first step to self-improvement. Before you know it, you’ll be lapping up the compliments.
We’d love to know your tried-and-tested weight loss tips!