Every little bit counts with weight loss. Losing 1-2 lbs per week is ideal. Successful weight loss can help you to:
- Feel healthier
- Build your confidence
- Increase your energy levels
- Reduce back and joint pain
- Lower blood pressure and cholestrol
- Reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes
Tip # 1
Try to only eat when you’re really hungry. Sometimes we can confuse thirst with hunger. Try having a glass or two of water and then wait 10 to 15 minutes to find out if you really are hungry.
Tip # 2
Eat your food really slowly and remember to stop when you start to feel satisfied – don’t make the mistake of waiting until you feel overly full, or be tempted by second helpings. Remember, it takes your body about 20 minutes to register food so again try to slow down and listen to those “full” messages.
Tip # 3
If left overs have a habit of tempting you, then a good weight loss tip is to make sure that they go straight back into the fridge for another day. If you ever feel hungry in-between meals then try and opt for a healthy snack.
Tip # 4
If you tend to overeat when you’re feeling depressed or anxious then try to deal with your emotions in another way like exercising or talking to a friend.
Tip # 5
Choose foods that are low in fat by checking the food labels. As a guide, a total fat content of 8 grams or less, and a saturated fat content of 3 grams or less is within a healthy range.
Tip # 6
Try to cut down on alcohol- it provides “empty calories”, meaning lots of calories but few significant nutrients.
Tip # 7
For permanent weight loss try using the healthiest cooking methods to cook your food such as steaming, grilling, biolling or microwaving. These cooking methods don’t require lots of added fat like roasting or frying.
Tip # 8
Try to eat more bulky “fibre rich” foods that have a low glycaemic index (GI) which means that they break down slowly and realease glucose into the blood stream gradually. This is a great weight loss tip because it means that you’re likely to feel fuller for longer and are less likely to crave sugary and high fat foods which should result in healthy weight loss.
Tip # 9
Keep washed and trimmed celery, carrots, broccoli and peppers in the fridge. You’ll be much more likely to snack on them if they are ready to eat.
Tip # 10
Before you go food shopping, make a detailled list of what you’ll need for the week. It may help you to draw up menus in advance which is geat for weight loss management and…never go shopping feeling hungry!