Weight Loss Tips & Tricks to Get in Shape Before Summer

Weight Loss Tips & Tricks to Get in Shape Before Summer

Weight Loss Tips and Tricks before Summer

If losing a few kilograms quickly before temperatures get high enough for the swimwear to come out is on your to-do list, then here are a few healthy weight loss tips and tricks to looking and feeling great this summer.

Be snack savvy

Snacking will sabotage your weight loss programme and do nothing to help tip the scales in the right direction. When you snack you take in unnecessary calories and because most snacks have a refined sugar base with a high calorie content, they have little or no nutritional benefit. If you absolutely have to have a snack, drink a glass of water – you might just be thirsty – or go for a more guilt-free option like unsweetened natural yogurt, a few tablespoons of peas and corn, an apple, a handful of walnuts, or a small piece of liquorice.

Before heading off to work in the morning make a smoothie packed with protein powder. This will keep you feeling fuller for longer and reduce the risk of a snack attack. And stay away from fast food, it is loaded with empty calories and one fast food meal can contain all of the calories you are supposed to have in an entire day!

Don’t drink liquid calories

It’s just too easy now days to take in extra calories and slow down your weight loss by drinking sugary drinks, including sports drinks and alcohol. Replace juice with water – most juices are very high in sugar and are a lower-nutrient version with less fibre than the actual fruit. Coffee on its own is not bad for you, it’s the milk and sugar that you put in it that can slow your weight loss. Try having your coffee black, or drink green or herbal tea instead.

Keep it down

Limit yourself to 3 meals a day, making it much harder to accidentally over-eat. There is a popular myth that we should eat every 2 hours to boost our metabolism, this works well if you are high performance athletes but not if you are desk-bound. Try not to eat after 9 pm as it harder to work off those calories when you are asleep.

One of the best weight loss tips is to eat slowly as it takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to realize it is full. If you are in a hurry, then try and stop eating when you feel 80% full.

Control your portions. Ask yourself if the extra-large scoop of is what you need, or what you want? Using a smaller plate is a great way to eat less calories and get the weight off quicker before summer.

It’s all in the protein

Eating the right type and amount of protein can tip your weight loss in the right direction:

● Protein keeps you fuller for longer.
● Protein is metabolized less efficiently than either carbs or fat, meaning you can get away with eating more of it.
● It helps preserve lean muscle mass. This means a greater portion of your weight loss will come from body fat stores.

Eating the right carbohydrates is just as important. Highly refined carbohydrates will spike your blood-sugar levels and encourage your pancreas to produce insulin, resulting in the build-up of fat in your body. Go for slow-burning, low GI unrefined carbohydrates like oats, brown basmati rice, wholemeal bread, and vegetables.

Eat high volume foods

The trick to doing this for weight loss is to focus on healthier foods that keep you fuller for longer, for example:

● Fibrous green vegetables such as celery, broccoli, and cucumbers
● Lean protein
● Low fat dairy
●Low sugar fruit such as strawberries and blackberries
● Wholegrains like oats, millet, quinoa, whole wheat, and rye
● Low GI root vegetables such as kumara

 

Cheat occasionally

Plan to have a cheat meal once a week. It doesn’t matter what that meal is, as long as you are consistent with having it only once a week and it is something you look forward to. One fairly sensible cheat meal a week is not going to overshadow the other six days of diligent dieting. So relax and don’t impose unrealistic and unsustainable restrictions on your weight loss programme.

Tell your friends and family about your pre-summer weight loss goals. This will help motivate you to work harder and stick to your plan. And don’t forget to exercise. Go for a long walk, finally join the gym, look for a social sports team, or get a skipping rope and do some skipping while you watch TV.

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Weight Loss Tips & Tricks to Get in Shape Before Summer

Weight Loss Tips and Tricks before Summer If losing a few kilograms quickly before temperatures get high enough for the swimwear to come out is on your to-do list, then here are a few healthy weight loss tips and tricks to looking and feeling great this summer.

Be snack savvy

Snacking will sabotage your weight loss programme and do nothing to help tip the scales in the right direction. When you snack you take in unnecessary calories and because most snacks have a refined sugar base with a high calorie content, they have little or no nutritional benefit. If you absolutely have to have a snack, drink a glass of water – you might just be thirsty – or go for a more guilt-free option like unsweetened natural yogurt, a few tablespoons of peas and corn, an apple, a handful of walnuts, or a small piece of liquorice.

Before heading off to work in the morning make a smoothie packed with protein powder. This will keep you feeling fuller for longer and reduce the risk of a snack attack. And stay away from fast food, it is loaded with empty calories and one fast food meal can contain all of the calories you are supposed to have in an entire day!

Don’t drink liquid calories

It’s just too easy now days to take in extra calories and slow down your weight loss by drinking sugary drinks, including sports drinks and alcohol. Replace juice with water – most juices are very high in sugar and are a lower-nutrient version with less fibre than the actual fruit. Coffee on its own is not bad for you, it’s the milk and sugar that you put in it that can slow your weight loss. Try having your coffee black, or drink green or herbal tea instead.

Keep it down

Limit yourself to 3 meals a day, making it much harder to accidentally over-eat. There is a popular myth that we should eat every 2 hours to boost our metabolism, this works well if you are high performance athletes but not if you are desk-bound. Try not to eat after 9 pm as it harder to work off those calories when you are asleep.

One of the best weight loss tips is to eat slowly as it takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to realize it is full. If you are in a hurry, then try and stop eating when you feel 80% full.

Control your portions. Ask yourself if the extra-large scoop of is what you need, or what you want? Using a smaller plate is a great way to eat less calories and get the weight off quicker before summer.

It’s all in the protein

Eating the right type and amount of protein can tip your weight loss in the right direction:

● Protein keeps you fuller for longer.
● Protein is metabolized less efficiently than either carbs or fat, meaning you can get away with eating more of it.
● It helps preserve lean muscle mass. This means a greater portion of your weight loss will come from body fat stores.

Eating the right carbohydrates is just as important. Highly refined carbohydrates will spike your blood-sugar levels and encourage your pancreas to produce insulin, resulting in the build-up of fat in your body. Go for slow-burning, low GI unrefined carbohydrates like oats, brown basmati rice, wholemeal bread, and vegetables.

Eat high volume foods

The trick to doing this for weight loss is to focus on healthier foods that keep you fuller for longer, for example:

● Fibrous green vegetables such as celery, broccoli, and cucumbers
● Lean protein
● Low fat dairy
●Low sugar fruit such as strawberries and blackberries
● Wholegrains like oats, millet, quinoa, whole wheat, and rye
● Low GI root vegetables such as kumara

 

Cheat occasionally

Plan to have a cheat meal once a week. It doesn’t matter what that meal is, as long as you are consistent with having it only once a week and it is something you look forward to. One fairly sensible cheat meal a week is not going to overshadow the other six days of diligent dieting. So relax and don’t impose unrealistic and unsustainable restrictions on your weight loss programme.

Tell your friends and family about your pre-summer weight loss goals. This will help motivate you to work harder and stick to your plan. And don’t forget to exercise. Go for a long walk, finally join the gym, look for a social sports team, or get a skipping rope and do some skipping while you watch TV.

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