The Holidays are right around the corner and you have good reason to lose weight in time for the season (and hopefully not gain it back after all the holiday treats and festivities). While we may not be able to help with the latter we can offer at least five tips that (if you start now) should help you slim down for the special day.
1. Portion Your Meals
Ideally if you want a solid weight loss plan you should be consuming no more 1200 calories per day. This will require careful planning and portioning, and perhaps a bit of reading nutritional information on food labels. Another way of cutting the calories easily is just portioning your meals. This means you only eat three meals a day and maybe a healthy low calorie snack. It also means limiting the size of your meals by taking less of each food item. This has been done with many diet plans like the Weight Watcher’s program, which offers pre-portioned meals for sale individually or to be delivered by signing up. Several other pre-portioned meals like this soon followed with Shakes like Slim Fast and frozen brands like Lean Cuisine.
2. Drink Lots of Water
With too much water you may put on a few pounds of “water weight”, however it may be worth it in the long run. Consuming large amounts of water bears no calorie consequences and gives us the feeling of fullness allowing us to eat less and control our appetites. In addition to drink water you can also make a habit of consuming high water foods, like lite soups.
3. Switch to Low-fat Protein Sources
Beef, pork, and other meats may offer a great deal of much needed protein but they also offer a trade off by supplying us with fat. Try switching to lean protein alternatives like fish and chicken (grilled not fried) or even vegetarian sources in beans and nuts. You’ll be just as strong but not as big.
4. Go Fibre!
Fibre is very healthy in many ways. One of its most notable functions is to serve as an aid in digestion and breaking down our food. It also acts as a “zero calorie” food that keeps us fuller longer. A lot of fibre therefore, can equate to weight loss and a reduced appetite.
Up until now everything has been all about our diets, this one is more for the physically active. Actually, though, it works for anyone. You should commit to light aerobic exercise every day possible, and some more intense cardio workouts once or twice a week. So, walking, running, biking, Zumba, cardio kickboxing, are all exercises that get the blood pumping and the metabolism started. Adding these exercises to your daily and weekly routines will have you slimming down in no time.
Most experts in the field agree that healthy weight loss is achieved ideally through a healthy diet AND exercise lifestyle. Click here for the NHS food intake chart!