Best Drinks For Weight Loss This Festive Season

With Christmas less than a month away, it’s definitely party season.  While parties are a great time, they are also fraught with potential side-effects such as overindulgence, hangovers etc.  It’s great to let your hair down, but if you don’t keep tabs on what you are eating and drinking during Christmas celebrations, you might find that come January, you are carrying a few extra kilograms.  This week, I want to let you know what your best, lowest-calorie drink options are so you can make the best choices while indulging in some festive fun.

Basically, the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks that you need to stick to are:

  • Beer: The lower carb and lighter in alcohol, the lower in calories is the beer.  These ones are the best choices: Pure Blonde mid-strength (90 cals / 355ml bottle), Hahn Superdry ( 85 cals / 330ml bottle), and Big Head (90 cals / 330ml bottle).  The ultimate best choice however is called Schlossgold at a tiny 65cals / 330ml bottle.  It is available at Dan Murphys (see pic below) and only .4% alcohol.
Lowest alcohol and calorie beer on the market!

Lowest alcohol and calorie beer on the market!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wine: The more dry, dilute and lower in alcohol the wine is, the less calories it will contain.  So (in whites) your classic Sav Blancs, Chablis or Chardonnays are great – no Moselle or sweet dessert type.  A 120ml glass of one of these whites would be around 75 cals.      If red wine is more your thing, the dry reds (shiraz, claret etc) are slightly higher at 80 cals / 120ml glass.  The best way to halve your calories is dilute the wine – fill a wine glass full of ice and pour wine over it OR try half wine / half soda.  The best choice is a low alcohol wine – Lindemans have a Dry White in their Early Harvest range that is only 60 cals / 120ml glass (and half that again if you drink half wine / soda) – Early Harvest have a wide selection in their low alcohol range, including shiraz and sparkling.
  • Champagne: the same rules apply.  The lower the alcohol of the champagne, the less calories it contains.  Keep an eye out for Yellowglen Jewel – a 120ml glass only has 50 calories compared to 85 cals for a glass of the full-strength bubbles.  The main problem though with champers compared to the recommended wines is that it has contains more carbohydrate i.e. a glass of dry wine has 0g carb compared to around 3g carb for champagne.
  • Spirits:  only drink half nips and only mix with soda or diet softdrink.  Half a nip of scotch and soda will only set you back a tiny 30 calories, WINNING!  So if you mix your half nip of spirits in a tall glass with a lot of ice, you can enjoy a drink with minimal damage to your waistline.  Forget about pre-mix spirits or UDL cans – even a Bundy rum and diet coke can has 100 cals, which is just a bit too high, especially if you can have just a half nip of rum and diet coke for 30 cals.
  • Liquers: Forget it!  Far too high in sugar, carb and calories.  Just don’t go there as they are so moreish, you will just overdo it!

And the prime rule for having a drink over Christmas – make sure you have 1 glass of water for every alcoholic drink – seriously!  This is a way to pace yourself (who wants a hangover anyway?), minimise calorie consumption and ensure you stay hydrated.

The Natural Way are offering a complete Christmas Program this year which is jam-packed full of great weight loss advice and tips to ‘survive’ this crazy time of the year.  If you would like to get your own copy or if you just want expert advice in losing weight (and yes, there is no need to wait for the New Year – you still have time to lose a few kilos by Christmas), call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) to make a FREE appointment with your nearest clinic.  We know we have the BEST program to help you to lose weight and keep it off – FOREVER!

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How Healthy Are You?

If someone asks you, ‘Are you healthy?’, how would you answer them?  If you are currently on our program, you are probably eating really well so you believe that you are fairly healthy (especially if you are exercising too).   However, there is much more to health than good eating and exercise.  This week, I want to explore the notion of holistic health and, in my opinion, what it really embodies.

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To me, being healthy is:

  • Feeling energetic: Being able to get out of bed with a spring in your step and firing on all cylinders until it’s your bed-time (of course, a siesta on the weekends is very much allowed)
  • Being happy: Being ‘emotionally well’ is just as important as being physically well.  If you are positive, smiling and laughing regularly and dealing with manageable stress and anxiety levels, then you are on the right track to emotional wellness.
  • Eating well:  Having a healthy appetite and eating a range of different coloured ‘fresh’ foods helps to nourish your body and keep you well.  Regular daily bowel motions are also important too.
  • Exercising regularly: Your body is designed to move so make sure you do it.  It keeps your bones and muscles strong, your cardio-vascular system pumping and helps your brain to produce ‘feel good’ happy hormones.
  • Communicating with others: Socialising is important!  Sharing your thoughts with friends (even strangers) helps you to ‘belong’ in society and keeps you engaged in those around you.  Connecting with others should be a daily priority (particularly those who work alone in a home-office environment).  Face to face communication is the best way – texts and emails don’t count!
  • Being grateful: This means being thankful for all you have and also having the ability to see the ‘good’ in life

 As I said, this list is just my thoughts on what constitutes ‘good’ health – where do you fit in?  If you can tick all of these boxes, then you can feel pretty happy about how you are travelling in life.  If there are some areas where you can improve, you need to work on it (and seek professional help if necessary).

 If you are concerned about your weight (and therefore, your physical health) then you need to see The Natural Way today!  Make a FREE appointment to see your caring consultant at your local clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (754663).  We can help you to get back the body you want!

See us at www.thenaturalway.com.au

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Meet Our Slimmer Celebration Winners!

If you are one of my regular blog followers, you will see that over the past 5 weeks we have been running a Facebook competition to pick a champion slimmer.  Well the votes are in and we have a result (just like the US election – ha ha).  This week, I want you to meet the two inspiring winners of The Natural Way Slimmer Celebration competition for 2016 – their results are amazing.

People’s Choice Winner:  Alison Nel 

Alison collected the most votes on our Facebook ‘Slimmer Celebration’ page which makes her the winner of our ‘Peoples’ Choice’ $300 prize.  Alison is an ‘At Home’ client of The Natural Way and enjoyed weekly skype consultations with Cora (our ‘At Home’ consultant) which kept her focused and supported during her weight loss journey.  Alison says:  “I can honestly say that I feel like a completely different person – I am discovering my old outgoing personality.  I still can’t get over the fact that I can do things I couldn’t previously do.  So I am still learning to come to terms with the new me.  Physically I am able to do so much more and my health has improved dramatically so much so that I no longer take medication for High Cholesterol.”

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Judge’s Choice Winner:  Nikki Woods

Nikki Woods is from our Ipswich clinic has lost 32.8kg and has been awarded a $300 Judges Choice prize by The Natural Way.  Nikki really is a typical The Natural Way client and her struggle is one most people trying to lose weight can relate to.  Nikki says:  “I was overweight and miserable and felt it was about time I did something about it, there was no miracle cure.   There were often times when I thought is this worth it? But a quick chat at my weekly meeting and I seemed to refocus.  I remember early on in my time with The Natural Way, someone said to me ‘This is your journey’, that has stuck with me and each time I do stumble, I remember that and think it’s just another obstacle on my journey to being a happier, fitter and healthier me.  I see photos of myself a year ago and can’t believe that’s what I looked like, this is the new me and I love it!!”

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If you want to look as fabulous as these two lovely ladies (and our other finalists) – then you need to join The Natural Way.  Our program is family-friendly and designed to be flexible (you won’t even feel like you are on a ‘diet’).   Call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) TODAY to make a FREE appointment to find out more about our fantastic program – we know we can help you to get back the body you want.

See us at www.thenaturalway.com.au

 

 

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Avoiding Weight Gain At Work

Firstly let me begin this blog with an apology.  I must say that this blog would have been useful about 2 weeks ago (prior to Melbourne Cup).  But it was Melbourne Cup that really prompted me to write this blog – most clients I saw the day after Melbourne Cup either put on weight or stayed the same as the previous week.  EEK!  Of course, the common problem was the work Melbourne Cup office lunch.  If your workplace is sabotaging your weight loss efforts (come on, how many morning teas and birthday cakes happen in your office every week?) then read on to find out how you can keep yourself on track during work celebrations:  

Not another birthday cake!

Not another birthday cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Be Vulnerable:  It’s never a good idea to skip a meal, especially not on the day of an office feast, so eat a healthy breakfast and lunch.  A balanced and satisfying breakfast particularly will keep your blood sugar levels much more balanced throughout the day which will help you to avoid a binge on sweet foods at morning tea time.  Take fruit to work to snack on at morning and afternoon tea (and take this to eat with you if you are having a special celebration at work during these times).

Be the Change you Want to see at Work:  If it’s your birthday coming up, request an alternative to the usual cake.  Why not ask for a fruit platter instead?  After all, who really needs the cake anyway.  If there is a work place event where all of you have to bring a plate, prepare some healthy snacks so at least you know you will have something to eat.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how many of your colleagues will also enjoy what you have made.

After-work Drinks:  If your office enjoys going out to drinks on Friday afternoon, you don’t have to miss out in order to keep up your weight loss efforts.  Be sure to order a low-calorie / carb drink like a wine spritzer or even a half-nip of spirit (like scotch or vodka) with soda water or diet soft-drink.  If there are bar snacks there to tempt you, just look for protein option such as nuts or chicken skewers, as these will fill you quicker than a packet of chips.  Be sure to drink some water after each alcoholic drink in order to rehydrate and slow down your drinking rate.  Two drinks maximum should be enough to be sociable and let you leave with a clear head so you can make a sensible & healthy choice for dinner.

At The Natural Way, we pride ourselves on teaching our clients’ lifelong healthy habits.  Eating REAL food and being educated on the choices to make when confronted with temptations in the workplace, means that you are well-equipped to maintain your weight once you reach your goal.  Call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) TODAY to make a FREE appointment to find out more about our fantastic program – we know we can help you to get back the body you want.

See us at www.thenaturalway.com.au

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Candi is a Proud Yummy Mummy

Candi’s story is one that many women can relate to:  basically, Candi started her family and had her three children in quick succession.  You will not be surprised to learn that those 3 pregnancies really took a toll on Candi’s body and once she and her partner decided not to have more children, Candi decided it was time to get her body back.  Candi struggled on her own for a while, but then discovered The Natural Way and has not looked back since.             slimmer2016_candif_ba

Candi was quite slim prior to having her children, but having 3 boys changed that pretty quickly!  Frustrated with the way she looked, Candi embarked on her own diet and exercise program but she was not achieving the results she wanted.  Candi contacted The Natural Way and, after speaking to weight loss consulant Nicole, she was keen to get started.  With hard-work, support from her consultant and making some lifestyle changes, Candi is back to her pre-pregnancy best.

Candi says, ‘The program is fantastic as it is a lifestyle option.  They focus on all aspects of health and wellbeing and provide all the necessary tools to succeed.  It felt wonderful reaching my goal.  My self-confidence has increased and I really feel like my life is back on track and best of all, I have my body back’.

Candi is just one of our slimmers currently competing for the title of ‘The Natural Way Slimmer Celebration winner’ for 2016.  If you have been inspired by Candi’s story, you can vote for her here: http://woobox.com/npju54.  The slimmer with the most votes on Friday 4th November will win $300, so vote for Candi (or your favourite) now.

If you have had children and are finding it difficult to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, you too can find success with The Natural Way – just like Candi.  Call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) today to make a FREE appointment to find out how we can tailor a program to suit your tastes, budget and lifestyle.  We have been helping our clients lose weight for over 35 years, so we know our program works.

Visit our website:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

   

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Jenny Has a New Body & Personality

Jenny McCarthy felt very unhappy and depressed about her weight which really took at toll on her whole outlook on life.  She was self-conscious and rarely went out because of the way she felt.  Then she discovered The Natural Way and after losing over 24kg, Jenny is confident, much happier and enjoys going out again (oh, and she looks amazing too).  Read more about Jenny here…

Jenny had tried many diets throuslimmer2016_jennym_baghout her life but was trapped in the cycle of yo-yo dieting.  She would lose weight for a while but after a month or two, would go back to her old habits and put all the weight back on (plus extra).   She was getting desperate when she met a friend who had success on The Natural Way program so thought she would try it too.

Jenny started on the Health and Vitality program and was happy with how easy it was to follow – soon the weight began to drop and she never felt hungry.    And as the weight fell off, her confidence grew and she started dancing regularly and going out again.

Jenny says, ‘Now, I have lots of energy and vitality.  My daughters and some of my friends reckon I have had a personality transplant as well.  I could eat real food and go out to restaurants and not make a fuss about what I was eating.  I am very excited because I know with all my heart that my new lifestyle is maintainable and it suits me. And I still have support from The Natural Way’.

Jenny is just one of our slimmers currently competing for the title of ‘The Natural Way Slimmer Celebration winner’ for 2016.  If you have been inspired by Jenny’s story, you can vote for her here:  http://woobox.com/npju54 .  The slimmer with the most votes on Friday 4th November will win $300, so vote for Jenny (or your favourite) now.

Jenny is a grandmother with two active grandsons and loves that she can keep up with them now.  If you feel you are missing out on having a full life because of your size, you need The Natural Way.  Call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) today to make a FREE appointment to find out how we can tailor a program to suit your tastes, budget and lifestyle.  We have been helping our clients lose weight for over 35 years, so we know our program works.

Visit our website:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

 

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Anita is a Weight Loss Winner

Anita Hunter was a victim of the ‘gradual weight gain’ syndrome: she put on 2-3kg every year for the past 10 years and one day, realized that she weighed 30kg more than she did on her wedding day.  She knew that she had to ‘STOP’ the syndrome and, inspired by a friend who lost weight on The Natural Way, joined the program.  She is now almost 20kg lighter and feels like a totally different person.  Read her story below…   

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Anita knew she was putting on weight and would try to lose weight herself – however, the 1-2kg she lost would quickly come back on.  Her friend Yvonne has great success on The Natural Way program, so Anita decided to give it a try as well.  Her consultant Kerrie got her started right before Christmas party season was about to kick in however, Anita managed to attend four Christmas parties in one weekend without breaking the program (very impressive effort).

Anita liked the accountability of the program and the support from her consultants.  Anita says, ‘I quickly saw the results on the program.  I am feeling really good.  It has fantastic going and buying that pair of skinny jeans and I have been forced to purchase several new dresses too.  Thank you Tomas and Kerrie (weight loss consultants at The Natural Way Ipswich) for all your support’

Anita is just one of our slimmers currently competing for the title of ‘The Natural Way Slimmer Celebration winner’ for 2016.  If you have been inspired by Anita’s story, you can vote for her here: http://woobox.com/npju54.  The slimmer with the most votes on Friday 4th November will win $300, so vote for Anita (or your favourite) now.

So if your weight has gradually increased with each passing year, do something about it now (just like Anita) .  Call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) today to make a FREE appointment to find out how we can tailor a program to suit your tastes, budget and lifestyle.  We have been helping our clients lose weight for over 35 years, so we know our program works.

Visit our website:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

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