IF you’re planning to get lean after Easter, you’re probably looking for some tried and tested weight loss tips.
Burning body fat doesn’t have to be a massive chore.
Forget depriving yourself of food or spending the rest of spring slogging your guts out in a tiny, sweaty gym.
It’s all about making small, sustainable changes that improve your relationship with your body and food.
So, here are five easy to implement weight loss hacks…
1. Rearrange your fridge
We’re simple creatures. What we see, we want.
Rather than keeping all your treats at the front of your fridge, stick them all in one place towards the bottom and bring all your colourful fruit and veg to the front.
That way, when you’re scouting for something to eat, you’ll be bombarded with healthy options straight away.
If you’re having to root around for processed grub, you may decide that you don’t actually want it – or you’ll go for the healthy stuff first and then go back for pud.
Either way, arranging it so that the vitamins come first is always going to be a winner.
2. Order veggie starters in restaurants
You really don’t have to give up eating out if you’re trying to lose weight.
Rather than ordering a really heavy starter and main and feeling like you’ve got a food baby by pudding, start off by having a veggie dish.
There tends to be fewer calories in plant-based meals and often, they’ll be packed with fibre from veg.
That’ll fill you up quicker for longer – making you less likely to scoff your main course and leaving you feeling more satisfied.
3. Ditch the milk in your coffee and side sauces on your dinner
If you feel as though you’re doing everything right and you still can’t seem to lose weight, it might be time to start looking at any potential little add-ons.
Drink umpteen coffees a day…all with milk? Always have ketchup with your dinner? Work at a desk that always has nibbles on show?
Then it’s time to do a little spring cleaning.
Ditch the milk and see if you actually enjoy the taste of coffee. If you don’t, why not switch to another kind of hot drink or try using skimmed milk or almond drink instead?
You can buy reduced sugar ketchup and swapping out mayo for a lighter dressing will save you plenty of extra calories.
Make sure all your snacks are tucked away in drawers at work or in the kitchen so that you’re not constantly surrounded by food. Just that process of having to open a drawer and looking for what you want to eat will buy you a little more time to think about how hungry you really are.
4. Fill up on healthy fats
Feeling hungry all the time? Forget packing out your meals with carbs – concentrate on good fats.
For years, the diet industry tried to push low-fat food on everyone and inadvertently got us hooked on sugar.
But fat is an absolutely vital nutrient that’s responsible for all kinds of functions, from hormonal balance to keeping us fuller for longer.
Try to add oily fish, avocado and nuts or nut butters to your dishes for extra padding.
5. Don’t be scared to be hungry
Some of us can’t help but snack our way from breakfast to dinner.
While denying ourselves food we really want is only ever going to end in binging later down the line, there’s nothing wrong with allowing ourselves to get hungry.
We’ve never had so much food readily available as we do today and that might go some way to explaining why so many of us are struggling with obesity, IBS and chronic poor gut health.
It takes 12 hours for our stomachs to fully digest our food, so if we’re constantly eating late into the evening and snacking from the morning onwards, we never really give our systems a break. That can lead to inflammation and rollercoaster blood sugar levels – which in turn, make us crave more food.
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So many of us have forgotten what it’s like to be hungry but it’s a feeling that we need to start reintroducing into our lives.
Try to have your dinner a little earlier and delay your breakfast, so that you’re getting at least 12 hours’ break in between.
And concentrate on packing a well-balanced, filling breakfast and lunch so that you’re not reaching for snacks in between meals.
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