In the world we live in today where everything appears to be automated and done for us, there’s very little natural exercise in our daily lives. Couple this with the fact that as we appear to be busier than any of our ancestors, some find it difficult to fit in time to cook and prepare healthy meals, only adding to unavoidable weight gain.
If you’ve seen some of the latest spring and summer trends for 2010 but feel that you’re currently carrying a little extra weight that you’d like to get rid of so that you would feel more comfortable in the clothing, then take a look at these helpful tips to aid with your weight loss before the summer.
1. Firstly, don’t starve yourself. If you wear plus size clothing and think that by not eating you will instantly lose weight, this is a common misconception of weight loss. When you stop eating, your body goes into a sort of preservation mode, thinking that after the next meal it gets, it’s going to have to wait another long time before the following meal. Due to this, the body stores as much of the food as possible as fat, to allow you to live as long as possible, something which although useful if you were stranded in a desert, is not good for losing weight
2. Drinking lots of water is particularly important in any weight loss campaign. Not only does drinking water with food make you feel fuller, but by drinking 4 pints of water every day, your metabolism is sped up, increasing the rate at which your body digests and converts food from fats to energy
3. You’ll have heard it time and time again from TV, radio and newspaper adverts from the government, but eating 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day is extremely helpful when trying to lose weight. Chances are you already eat 2 or 3 portions and by simply adding an extra helping of peas with your dinner or having a banana for a snack in between meals, you’ve met the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables for the day
4. One of the problems that a lot of people have when losing weight is portion control. Whilst some diet plans may tell you that you can have as much potato as you want if you don’t mix it with lots of protein or vice versa, the truth is that a well balanced diet with proper sized portions is the easiest way to go for weight loss.
If you’re struggling with portion sizes, try and measure everything in hands. For example, a jacket potato that is roughly the size of your fist is a good size and a handful of rice is approximately the recommended serving per person.
5. You should always make sure that not only do you have five separate meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism rate high, but that you have a variety of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Not all meals need to have a combination of all three, but you should try and make two of them have a good mixture, with the other three acting as smaller meals or large snacks, such as a bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit.