Ten Weight Loss Tips
Did you make a New Year Resolution to get in shape?
By March, most people give up and scrap the idea but if you are determined to make this the year that you keep these resolutions we are here every step of the way. To help you get started, here are some health and fitness tips.
1. Write down three reasons why you want to lose weight.
This is the first and most important step. If you don’t know why you want something, it won’t be as important for you to get it. Be positive with your goals. Don’t write down things like “I don’t want to be this size” or something equally as negative. This is telling yourself what you don’t want. Try not to write meaningless things; instead write down positive goals like, “I want to look great in my little black number for my birthday” – this is telling yourself exactly what you want.
2. Believe in yourself
How often have you admired someone and their achievements and then instantly thought “I would love to be able to do that, but I just couldn’t”. We are all human and we all think like this on occasions. But don’t limit your achievements by your thoughts. You can do whatever you want to do.
3. Identify reasons and occasions when you overeat
If you think about the places, times and people you are with when you eat, the occasions and reasons why you overeat will become glaringly obvious. Think about it – is it at work, at home, the weekends, at night, when your with certain people or when your alone? Think and ask because the answers are in the questions.
4. Make a gradual but permanent behaviour changes
Not and instant step, but a very necessary and very possible one. Gradually change the contents of your fridge to healthier products, steadily increase your fruit and vegetable portions, phase out those biscuits and treats and make smart choices a part of your everyday life. Healthy eating will become a habit!
5. Reduce your portion sizes
It is a fact that if we weigh too much we are eating too much. Sometimes we are eating very healthy foods, but we are eating too much of them. So it is vital that we become aware of how much we are eating and that we reduce it. Use a smaller plate, weigh food on your kitchen scales initially so that you know the weight of the every day food items, use the same size of plate for meals so that you know how much food to put on it. We have to get used to controlling the portion sizes and hence the amount of food we eat.
6. Drink water
Dehydration, often mistaken for hunger, can lead to fatigue, slows the metabolism and can reduce our concentration and short-term memory. Drinking at least one or two litres of water each day will not only help fill you up but can ease joint pain, help your organs such as the kidney and liver work more efficiently and improve the condition of the skin (and help banish Cellulite).
7. Always eat breakfast
Skipping breakfast sends a message to your body that you’re “starving” because you haven’t had food for a number of hours. As a protective mechanism, your metabolism slows down and tries to conserve energy – exactly the opposite of what you want to happen! Breakfast also gives your body the fuel it needs to exercise effectively.
8. Make exercise a regular habit
Exercise is perhaps the secret weapon in successful and permanent weight loss. There is nothing with greater body benefits than exercise. We can start gently and build up gradually – a short walk is a fantastic way to begin or choose some other activity which you enjoy such as swimming, aerobics or playing tennis with a friend.
9. Tone your muscles with weight training
Toned muscles really boost your metabolism and cause your body to burn calories faster – yes, even while you’re sleeping, you’ll be burning more calories!
10. Look for situations to be active
Park as far from the shopping centre as you can rather than looking for the closest parking spot. Use the stairs rather than the lift or escalator, do more jobs around the house yourself, like washing the windows or the car or mowing the lawn. Look for the “difficult” way to do things – the way that requires the most effort!