Here are 10 tips that will help you lose weight, feel good and look great!
1. Eat green
Green, leafy vegetables are always a good idea: they can boost your immune system by giving your body the nutrients it needs. They’re also low in calories that your body burns many of the calories off while you’re eating them!
2. Snack smart
Keep a few "emergency snacks" such as nuts and dried fruit in your bag or purse. If you share these out into portions at home then you’ll also know exactly how much you're eating each day.
3. Ask a friend
There’s much more chance of you going out for a walk or a jog if you’ve arranged it with friends, and a stroll with friends is a great way to catch up.
4. Muscle-building multitasking
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Work this into your everyday activities. For example, you could do calf raises while washing up or squats while brushing your teeth.
5. Satisfy your sweet tooth sensibly
Go for food that’s low on calories but big on flavour, such as low-calorie yogurts and chewing gum. These will give you the hit of sweetness but without putting you into sugar overload.
6. Have patience
Try and think of losing a few pounds as a goal for a year. Write down how you want to feel at the same time next year (it’ll be here before you know it) and stick it on your fridge for inspiration through the year.
You can easily burn more calories by simply walking more each day. Slot it into your schedule by taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus a stop early or parking the car in the spot furthest away.
8. Drink often
It’s easy to mistake dehydration for hunger so keep yourself topped up with at least two litres of low sugar liquids to keep more of those snacking urges at bay. Try water, herbal teas and sparkling water with lime, as well as fruits and veg which have a high water content
9. Don’t ban any foods
Don’t ban any foods from your slimming plan – especially things you like. Banning foods is a sure-fire way to make you crave them. A little of what you fancy can satisfy that craving!
10. Picture how you’re going to look
Try to imagine how you’ll look when you reach your slimming goal. What will you be doing? How will you feel? Which clothes will be in your wardrobe?