By Angela Bekiaris
You don’t need to eat celery all day and train all night to be slim and trim. All you need is some inspiration, motivation and of course dedication. So if you’re looking to shed some kilos, or just stay in shape, forget about the next best thing in ‘Dietville’, and try the following tips, which have been proven to help with weight loss – the natural way!
- Stop Starving Yourself
Not only will you slow down your metabolism, but your body will store the fat it’s been given when it is fed. Start off with a healthy breakfast and continue to eat small healthy meals throughout the day.
- Stop Counting Calories
Okay, we’re not saying don’t pay attention to what you eat, but don’t focus on every little calorie you’re eating. Instead, focus on getting full on healthy food and not junk.
- Stop Limiting Carbohydrates
They’re not evil – just choose the right ones, and make sure to eat them in moderation. Also might be a good idea to not fill up on crabs late at night. Instead fill up on complex carbs found in whole grains, starchy veggies and legumes – barley, quinoa, squash, sweet potatoes, soybeans and more.
- Eat A lot Of Beans
Black beans, chickpeas, lentils. Studies have shown that beans and legumes can prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- Enjoy Healthy Fats
Goods fats, such as avocados, nuts and loves are a great addition to your diet. Healthy fats are found in plants and are classified as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Bad fats are made by chemical reactions that create products with long shelf lives. Other good fats include: Seeds, fatty fish, soy milk, tofu and almond butter.
- Make Good Food Choices
Whether you’re cooking up a storm at home or eating out, choose healthy, variety-filled dishes.
- Fill Up On Protein
Protein is necessary for proper metabolism and optimal health, and while you shouldn’t consume too much, it’s a great way to stay full and healthy. Stick to protein from beans and nuts, and avoid too much red meat though. Adding protein to your diet has been shown to cause ‘automatic’ weight loss, without exercise or conscious calorie restriction, reveal experts.
- Eat Your Vegetables
Choose your favourites and include them into your daily meals. Search for great recipes to spice the dish up.
- Eat Fruit For Dessert
Skip that chocolate or pastry next time you’re craving something sweet after dinner, and enjoy some fruit instead. But choose your fruits wisely – some are high in sugar. Any fruit is healthier than cakes and pastries though.
- Take Up Exercising
Whether you like to run, swim, or joint a Pilates class, make exercise a part of your life. Staying
active while help keep your body and mind in check. Make sure to get between 10 to 20 minutes of exercise a day – and choose exercises or sports you enjoy. You’ll see great results.
- Drink Plenty Of Water
Staying hydrated will enable your body to function optimally – and will keep the kilos off. Drinking
water before meals may help you eat fewer calories, say experts, who add that replacing a sugary
drink with water is beneficial.
- Get Enough Sleep
No sleep means sugar cravings the following day. So instead of dieting, just get some shut-eye and wake up fresh and ready for the day ahead.
13 Make Healthy foods Accessible
If you have access to healthy food, you’ll eat it. Plan your meals the night before, and always have healthy snacks on hand for when you’re feeling peckish.
- Get Rid Of All Junk
If there’s no chocolate or ice cream in the house, you won’t eat it. Keep your pantry free from junk food and in turn allow your body to choose something healthy over something processed next time you’re in the mood to binge.
Chew Thoroughly And Slow Down
Your brain needs time to process that you’ve had enough to eat. So if you take small bites and enjoy your food slowly, not only will you eat less but you will digest your meals better, too. This is one of the easiest ways to lose weight and prevent weight gain.
- Use Smaller Plates
Portion control is vital so choose a small plate next time you’re dishing up. They’ve been proven to trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more than you actually are.
- Eat Fibre-Rich Foods
They may increase satiety, helping you feel fuller for longer, say experts. They’re helpful in reducing appetite and food intake.
- Eat Without Electronic Distractions
Try to avoid eating in front of your laptop or the TV. According to reports, people who eat while distracted are more likely to overeat.
- Avoid Stress
Not easy, we know, but stress leads to binge eating and depression which can lead to serious weight gain.
- Eliminate Sugary Drinks
They’re delicious, we know, but they go straight to the hips. And sugary drinks have been linked to an increased risk of weight gain and many other diseases. Stick to non-sugary drinks or water – even juices are high in calories.