I promise I won’t blog about the Biggest Loser this week (but yes, I am sad to see the departure of Big Kev), so let’s get back to making this blog all about YOU. If you went off the rails over Easter, chances are your body is still suffering the effects of chocolate overload. If your clothes are still feeling a little more ‘snug’ than usual, then it’s time to lose those extra kilograms before Winter arrives. Follow these six simple tips, and those kilos will be history in no time!
1/ After breakfast, make water your primary drink. At breakfast, go ahead and have your caffeine shot for the day (be it tea or coffee). However, for the rest of the day, focus on drinking water instead of coffee or softdrink. It is estimated that the average Australian consumes an extra 245 calories a day from sugary soft drinks. That’s nearly an additional 90,000 calories a year — or around 11 kilograms – EEK! Water is calorie free and helps to flush the excess toxins from your body AND is free! Herbal tea is also acceptable if you are craving something ‘warm’ to drink: just leave the caffeine alone, as it ultimately depletes your body of water due to its diuretic action.
2/ Carry a notebook everywhere you go for one week. If you write down every single thing that you eat and drink for a week, you can sometimes get a rude shock! Studies have found that people who maintain food diaries eat about 15 percent less food than those who don’t. ‘Reporting’ what you eat each day, is making you more accountable for your food choices, hence the reason writing down what you eat can help you control your calorie intake.
3/ Walk for 45 minutes a day. Did you know that you can burn an extra 300 calories per day with a brisk 45 minute walk? That equates to about 13 kilograms over a year without even changing how much you’re eating. Put on those walking shoes NOW!
4/ Downsize your dinner plates. Studies find that the less food put in front of you, the less food you’ll eat. On the flip side though, the more food in front of you then the more you’ll eat — regardless of how hungry you are. So instead of using regular dinner plates (that look so empty if you don’t pile them high with food!), serve your dinner on a smaller side plate. And if you are hungry after you finish, have a second helping of green vegetables. Chew them slowly, wash down with a glass of water and your stomach will be feeling ‘full’ in no time!
5/ Hang a mirror opposite your seat at the table. An interesting study has recently found that eating in front of a mirror actually reduced the volume of food people ate by nearly one-third. While there is no proven reason as to why this occurs, perhaps it means that looking yourself in the eye reflects back some of your goals and reminds you of why you’re trying to lose weight in the first place.
6/ Join The Natural Way. We have been helping Australians lose weight for over 30 years and we KNOW that we can help you to get back the body you want. Our personalized programs are designed to suit your needs and lifestyle, so losing weight with us is easy – even if you have an active social life. Not only that, your caring consultant is with you every step of the way with advice and support: it’s like having your own personal weight loss coach who keeps you focused while you undergo a total body transformation! Find out more about our program by phoning 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) TODAY and booking a FREE appointment or visit our website: www.thenaturalway.com.au