Weight Loss Tips

Are your eating habits leading to increased weight gain?

Do you find it difficult to resist your favourite chocolate or your favourite soda?

Do you feel an hour of jogging is way too much exercise for you to handle?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then the following tips may apply to you. Losing weight is a high priority for most people.

However, the widespread misconceptions that exist about weight loss often scare people away from even attempting to lose weight.

Some of the common misconceptions include:

Starvation : People often associate crash diets and starvation with weight loss.

Over-exercising : Another widespread assumption is that weight loss can only be achieved through an hour of breakneck running/jogging/swimming per day.

No more junk food : Probably the most worrisome misconception of them all! People often assume they must completely avoid eating their favourite foods for good.

As the following weight loss tips will reveal, none of the aforementioned ideas are accurate. With weight loss, the key word is ‘moderation’. So you can have your favourite foods but in moderation. You will have to exercise but moderately and at a pace you can handle. You will have to change what you eat but in moderation – there is no need to starve yourself to lose weight.

Our seven major weight loss tips :

TIP 1 : CUT OUT FRIED FOODS/JUNK FOODS

Concentrate on lean proteins (grilled, not fried), fruits and vegetables and food with high content of fibre. Reduce carbohydrate intake and when you do eat carbohydrates, it should be slow-digesting carbs so no white bread, white rice, white pasta etc. The carbohydrates you should be eating are whole-wheat pasta, brown bread, whole grain bread etc.

TIP 2 : EXERCISE IN MODERATION

There is no need for an hour of running or swimming. Studies have shown short bursts of high intensity exercise are much more effective in raising the metabolism than slow, tedious cardio sessions. Instead of jogging for an hour, cut down your workout to 20 minutes but increase the intensity. How? Well, jog for a minute, sprint for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat for 20 minutes. If sprinting for 30 seconds is too difficult then reduce the sprint time to 15 seconds and try to work your way up. Do this 3-4 times a week and watch the fat strip away! The key thing to remember is that short, high intensity workouts are significantly more beneficial than slow, long cardio sessions. Short high intensity workouts are proven to keep the metabolism high long after the workout is over thus keeping your body in a calorie-burning state.

TIP 3 : EAT REGULARLY, DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF

Starving oneself simply serves to lower the metabolism to an extent where weight reduction becomes difficult. Eat healthy and eat regularly. Eating 5-6 times a day will help you to maintain a high metabolism and help you to burn fat in the long-term.

TIP 4 : DRINK GREEN TEA

Green tea contains powerful polyphenols called catechins. Studies have shown that catechins activate the bodies’ thermogenic activity, boost the metabolism and can lead to significant weight loss. Green tea also helps to suppress the appetite and provides a useful energy boost which can be used to increase the intensity of your workout. 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day will give you a welcome boost in your battle for weight loss.

TIP 5 : EAT YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS

No, this is not contradicting tip 1 which advises you to cut out junk food! Cutting out junk foods completely often leads to cravings and eventually binge eating. The method which we find works best is to give yourself a cheat day. If you stick to your diet and exercise plan for the whole week, then reward yourself with a day where you can eat your favourite foods. This system gives you something to look forward to and also makes the diet more bearable.

TIP 6 : LOWER ALCOHOL INTAKE

Alcoholic drinks consist of empty calories that provide little nutritional value. Simply reducing the daily intake of alcohol can immediately put you on the road to healthy weight loss.

TIP 7 : KEEP HYDRATED

Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Not only does this keep you hydrated, it also gives you the sensation of a full stomach thus lessening the craving for unhealthy snacks. Keeping hydrated also ensures the metabolism remains high.