Give Yourself The Body You Deserve By Following These Weight Loss Tips
‘Tis the new year, the time when ambitious resolutions are made and the smell of new beginnings is in the air. More often than not your New Year resolve of staying away from your favourite fatty snacks made on five glasses of nerve boosting absinthe falls flat by the second week when you guiltily reach out for a chocolate slathered doughnut. Those averse to exercise trudge back to their warm beds, gym subscriptions forgotten. Making a habit is easier than breaking one and before long you bemoan the tyres of fat that are marring your beach bod. We all need a little help reaching our goals and a good dietician armed with sound advice and some good old exercise will help you get back to your fabulous self. Here’s what you can do to whip yourself back into shape.
Pin That Diet Chart Up and Actually Follow It
The first step towards a healthier you is regulating what you eat. Your body suffers the repercussions of the stuff you toss into your mouth and acts out in different ways such as the roll of fat that now sits defiantly at your waist. Take yourself to a dietician or consult one, who will evaluate the kind of nutrition your body needs and make a diet chart accordingly. Your dietician knows what works best for getting rid of that flab and making sure your body functions well. Pin that diet chart up and follow it religiously. No cheating.
Ditch Those Sugar Loaded Drinks
That soda drink you’re chugging is loaded with glucose and fructose which turns to fat and promptly settles around your belly. The same goes for drinks with added sugar such as sweetened tea, alcoholic sugary mixers and soda. Belly fat coupled with liver fat develops insulin resistance and resultant metabolic problems. Satisfy your sugar cravings with wholesome fresh fruit instead.
Proteins Are Your Friends In Your Battle To Weight Loss
Protein is an essential nutrient your body needs when it’s shedding fat. Consuming proteins releases the fullness hormone PYY, which makes the body feel full without eating too many carbs. It makes sure that you keep your muscle mass intact, burning off the excessive fat instead. Intake of proteins make you consume about 441 calories less each day which translates to about 60 percent less of calorie intake per adult. Interestingly, a study in Denmark suggested that consuming proteins is inversely related to shedding those love handles. So dig into protein rich foods such as fish, meat, eggs, whey protein, legumes and nuts.
Say No To Refined Carbs
Cut down on starchy carbs to reduce appetite and lose fat around the abdomen. Your diet should ideally include 50 grams of carbs per day. Tone that flabby belly by switching refined carbs with unprocessed carbs such as whole grains which is a healthier alternative.
Pile Some Fibrous Food Onto Your Plate
Turn to dietary fibers which are ingestible plant matter to shed those pounds. Soluble and viscous fibers helps lower insulin levels as well as calories which gets you that lean bod you’ve been yearning for. Fibrous food wards off that feeling of binging on guilt food by absorbing water and taking up space inside your stomach. Bran cereal, beans, veggies, beans, flaxseeds, brussels sprouts, legumes and fruits are great options for all your fiber needs.
Get Off That Couch and Exercise
Now this one is essential. Ladies and gentlemen, get off those couches and go for an early morning run. It burns off those kilojoules, improves cardiovascular fitness and strengthens bones and muscles. No kachoris on the way back, please. If running isn’t your style, try some yoga to burn off those kilos and reach a state of Zen. You can try some fast-moving aerobics to shed fat from your abdomen, thighs and arms. Exercise reduces inflammation and blood sugar and improves the metabolic processes in our bodies. Keep envisioning your beach bod to motivate you to get you out of bed.
Eat More Smaller Meals Instead Of Fewer Larger Ones
Eat smaller albeit nutritious meals spread across the day instead of fewer large ones. Spread the number of calories you need per day across the smaller meals instead of the larger ones as you lose calories faster by thermogenesis, the body’s production of heat. Keep your dietician posted to help you calculate your calorie intake. Keep a food diary to keep an eye on how healthy you’re eating.
It’s okay to have some cheat days for a slice or two of a super cheesy pizza or that chocolaty slice of cake beckoning to you across a room, but it’s important to keep it in check. All said and done, give yourself a pat on the back and get ready to stun people with your fabulous new body.