Trying to lose weight is one of the hardest things anyone can do. Finding the motivation to exercise – especially around raising a family or working, or both – is incredibly tough, but it’s been widely acknowledged that your diet is the most important factor in weight loss.
This advice is aimed at getting you started in your road to good health and fitness. It will not (unfortunately!) produce weight loss results, but it can make you feel better about yourself, which can have a knock on effect and provide you with the motivation you need to make bigger changes and even contemplate pulling on a pair of trainers for a wee spot of exercise!
1. Change Normal Tea (with milk) to Green Tea
This actually made a significant difference to the way I felt, physically. Green teas contain anti-oxidants which help with digestion. The result: you can feel a hell of a lot less bloated! OK, so green tea can initially taste like dishwater (or what you would imagine dishwater to taste like!), but you will get used to it in no time; within 2 weeks I preferred it to normal tea, and felt the difference! Peppermint tea is my favorite, closely followed by lemon and ginger.
2. Opt For Brown Carbs, Not White
I changed all my white bread, rice and pasta to brown following advice from my friend who’d lost loads of weight, and it does make a difference. Brown bread, pasta and rice is definitely a healthier option that white anyway, and it tastes just as good.
3. Eat a Freddo!
Craving chocolate? We’ve all been there. I think as well the more you deny yourself, the greater you start longing for it. How about, instead of reaching for a bar of Galaxy of a Mars bar, try a Cadbury’s Freddo (95 calories), Milky Way (97) or Fudge (110)? These smaller alternatives are all more than half the calories of a standard size bar, but could be enough to satisfy that little craving?
4. Have a Larger Meal for Lunch Rather than Dinner
There are loads of diets and nutrition guides out there that suggest you should not eat after a certain time in the evening, because then food will sit heavy in your stomach all night, not digesting as quickly because you’re inactive. Why not have a larger meal for lunch and a smaller meal for dinner? That way your calorie intake is still the same, but your larger meal will digest more because you’ll still be burning a higher number of calories throughout the rest of the day than you would be whilst asleep. I can’t promise the world but it does work for me!
5. Try a Yogurt as a Snack
Yogurts are great because, as well as containing a lot of calcium, they also contain “friendly bacteria” that helps clean out your gut which, in turn, helps your digestion run smoother. Be careful, though, which yogurt you choose because some have a higher fat content that others; low fat options are, obviously, the best, while ones containing fruit also contain more sugar.
This is a guest post written by Ella Rose West, author of the Selfish Mum parenting blog. Ella posts about all things travel and home related, and believes passionately in mums living life to the full!
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