It’s always around this time of year that I start to worry about my winter weight gain. It’s impossible not to gain a few pounds over the Holidays and the freezing period but the key is to start a gradual attempt to lose them early, rather than go on a sudden fad diet! I’ve been reading through books of the experts, and here are my top ten tips on how to lose the extra pounds...
1 Up Your Fiber Intake
Over Christmas it's easy to start filling up on chocolates and novelty food, and this can be a hard habit to break. Including more fiber in your diet will make you fuller for longer, as well as boost your digestive system, meaning you won’t want as many sweets!
2 Stay Hydrated
Water helps with weight loss, but it’s so easy to forget to drink! It’s really easy to confuse hunger and thirst, but making sure you drink regularly will ensure you don’t get the two signals confused and eat more than you need to.
3 Remember Liquid Calories
You’d be surprised at how many peoplecount calories religiously, but forget to include their high calorie coffees or energy drinks. That’s a sure fire way to ruin your diet! Check that you aren’t sabotaging yours by drinking more calories than you need... even some diet drinks are surprisingly calorific!
4 Don’t Skip Meals
Make sure you eat every meal and enjoy it! Skipping meals will just cause you to be hungry later, which will mean you will end up snacking or your body will go into starvation mode. Both are really bad for your weight loss program!
5 Practice Smart Snacking
Snacking doesn’t have to be a problem and can actually aid your diet! Snacking on low calorie snacks will fasten your metabolism, which will mean you burn more calories. Drop the chocolate, and stick to nuts and trail mix.
6 Check Your Carb Intake
Carbohydrates are your body's primary source of energy, so cutting them out isn’t a good idea. Make sure you aren’t getting too much either. For the most impact, try to use complex carbs such as whole grains.
7 Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Cocktails can contain quite a few calories, and you’d be surprised how much you can consume on a night out! Limiting your alcohol intake or sticking to low calorie fruit juice instead will have a huge effect and save you tons of calories!
8 Dust off Your Recipe Book
Do you always find yourself eating the same food? This isn’t good for your body or your diet, so spruce it up and try some new recipes. Not only will you learn something new, you will also stop yourself getting bored and ruining your diet.
9 Check Your Fats
Some fats are vital for your body to function effectively, so it’s not a good idea to cut them all out! Try to use less lard type fats, and instead use plant based fats, such as olive oil and nuts. Educate yourself ongood fats and bad fats.
10 Eat Slowly
One of thebest dieting tips I can give you is to take at least twenty minutes to eat each meal, and avoid watching the TV or playing on the computer as you do. That way you are focused on eating, and will appreciate the food more. You are also more likely to digest the food faster, and know when you are full, which will help you stop overeating.
By using these tips now, you’ll lose the winter weight easily and soon be ready for bikini season! They are all really easy, too, and will take almost no effort to do. Feeling svelte in January... who thought that was possible?! Have you got a tip to lose some extra pounds? Please let me know!
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