At some point we have all thought this…
…“I need to lose weight…I need to find the local gyms near me…I’ve put on weight and I’m going to do something about it…starting tomorrow”…
Making the decision is easy, as is giving up, which unfortunately many people do. But why do they quit? They have made a conscious decision, but then cannot stick to a plan. Is being unhealthy easier, or is there another reason? The reasons vary just as individuals differ. If there was a “magic solution”, then we would all me thin and the local-gyms-near-me may go out of business. But magic is best left to Harry Potter, and the truth is there’s no easy solution. Want to join the gym, check out Pay AS U Gym. Want to lose weight? Read our advice below:
We make poor food choices when we are hungry, so never get so hungry that you’ll grab anything. Instead focus on foods that keep you full for longer, whole grains like porridge oats (not instant), or any slow release carbohydrates. Reduce the salt and sugar in your diet but increase the spice. Eat little and often rather than one BIG dinner and remember also that not all “diet” foods are good and…
…Become a food label reader! Learn how many you are eating, keep an honest food diary to see, and set a realistic target. To lose weight you’ll need to burn more than you consume, so make the ones you have count. It is much easier to eat 500 calories less than it is to burn 500 on a treadmill!
You don’t necessarily need a gym to exercise, but they are good at offering variety. Having searched “local gyms near me” see what each offers and how busy they get. Try a few then pick your favourite. Eat straight after your workout too.
- Slowly Slowly
Eat slower, and leave one last mouthful. Use smaller plates. Learn to enjoy the food you are eating. Practice mindfulness eating where you concentrate on the process of eating rather than bolting it down. Eat at the table, without the television, and take your time over meals. The stomach is usually 20 minutes behind the brain, so you’ll think you’re hungry when you’re not. Drink a glass of water before mealtime too, it helps supress your hunger.
Take a photo at the start, and every week. They will show you the real changes that scales sometimes hide (weight can vary 4lbs over a day). Also, measure yourself with clothes not scales for a better reflection.
Eat before a party, so you’re not tempted by those calorie laden nibbles also remember that all alcohol is calorific.
Start every new day properly with a good breakfast, starvation and skipping breakfast quickly capitulates into break time biscuits.
Do have the odd one, but really savour it and don’t feel too guilty. The best treat though is a good night’s sleep!
These few tips are no magic formula, but they can help you. They can limit cravings, give you a feeling of engagement with food and hopefully help you with your goals. Food is not the enemy, but must always be treated with respect.