Are you stressing about those extra few pounds that crept on you over the holiday season? Do you want to get in shape and feel more confident? If so, it’s tempting to try and crash diet and lose 6 lb in a week. However, this is not the best way to lose weight. If you see anything described as a miracle cure, there’s every chance that it will do you more harm than good. If you want to drop some weight, here are some suggestions to help you slim down the sensible way.
Control your portions
At Christmas time, we tend to throw caution to the wind when it comes to eating. Sadly, we can get too comfortable with the idea of eating chocolate for breakfast and indulging in supersize snacks during the day. Now that the holidays are a distant memory, it’s time to regain control and regulate your portion size. There’s no need to cram your body full of food, or to graze constantly. Stick to serving suggestions and recipe guidelines, and don’t continue to eat if you feel full. When you cut the size of your portions, you may feel hungry. However, your body will soon adapt, and you should start to notice a difference in your weight.
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Eat the right foods
It’s no wonder that most of us gain weight over the holidays. Think back to all the treats and delights you’ve consumed in the last couple of months. Sadly, the foods we love the most are often the worst offenders in the fat and sugar stakes. Try and switch to a healthy diet, which contains all the major food group. You don’t have to starve or eat boring food to lose weight. You can pack healthy meals full of flavor, and eat plenty if you choose the right foods. Swap frying for grilling and baking, and white bread, rice and pasta for whole grains. Snack on fruit and raw vegetables rather than chips or chocolate bars. If you have a sweet tooth, there are low-calorie treats out there. Have a fruit-flavored yogurt, a bowl of berries or an oat bar, for example.
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Get those joints moving
If you’ve got a weight to lose, getting your body moving is a step in the right direction. When you exercise, you take a walk with the dog or spring clean the whole house, you’re using calories. If you burn more calories that you take in, you’ll lose weight. You don’t have to embark on a military-style training regime. Just try and be more active. Walk to schools instead of driving the kids or take up a dance or aerobics class. Take the stairs rather than the elevator or join a gym and see if you like it. If you’re new to exercise or you’re recovering from injury, take it slowly, and increase your fitness gradually. You may find it helpful to invest in some copper infused socks to increase circulation and speed up healing and recovery.
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When you’ve put on a few pounds, it’s tempting to look for a quick fix. But try and resist the charms of miracle cures and opt for sensible ways to slim down. You’ll lose more weight in the long-run, and you’ll have a much better chance of keeping it off.