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12 Tips to Help You Lose Weight
Do not skip breakfast:
Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You will miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more through out the day because you feel hungry.
Eat regular meals:
Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables:
Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat and, high in fibre - 3 essential ingredients for weight loss. They also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Get more active:
Being active is key to losing weight and keeping it off. As well as providing lots of health benefits, exercise burns off the extra calories that you cannot lose through diet alone.
Drink plenty of water:
People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.
Eat high fibre foods:
Foods containing lots of fibre can help keep you feeling full, which is perfect for losing weight. Fibre is only found in food from plants, such as fruit and vegetables, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, and beans, peas and lentils.
Read food labels:
Knowing how to read food labels can help you choose healthier options. Use the calorie information to work out how a particular food fits into your daily calorie allowance on the weight loss plan.
Use a smaller plate:
Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it's full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.
Do not ban foods:
Do not ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you crave them more. There's no reason you cannot enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance.
Do not stock junk food:
To avoid temptation, do not stock junk food – such as chocolate, biscuits, crisps and sweet fizzy drinks – at home. Instead, opt for healthy snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.
Cut down on alcohol:
A standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate. Over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain.
Plan your meals:
Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a weekly shopping list.
The Basic Steps for an Exercise Program
Most already have a good idea of what exercise level they are capable of and interested in pursuing, with walking being the simplest and most productive activity to achieve your goals. But whatever your personal choice may be, it should contain these five basic principles.
- Start slowly and build up gradually. Give yourself plenty of time to warm up and cool down with easy walking or gentle stretching. ...
- Break things up if you have to. ...
- Be creative. ...
- Listen to your body. ...
- Be flexible.