Do you know that you can eat huge amounts of food and still lose weight? Sounds too good to be true? Wrong! Here are some ways to make it happen.
1. Eat as much raw fresh food as you can!
Choose fresh, nutrient-rich, healthy, foods rather than junk and processed food. Adding a lot of vegetables and fruits to your diet will help you keep full for longer. Make fruit and vegetables 75% of your daily dietary intake. Eat bright yellow, red, and green foods daily. Avoid dead, processed foods. Breakfast is important.
2. Exercise every day!
Start with just 10 minutes a day and try and stretch it to 30. The important thing is to get your heart rate up and sweat a bit. Start now! New research indicates that you also need to get your body moving every hour â?? even just for five minutes.
3. Consume things that have few calories
There are two things with zero calories: water and fibre. Many other foods have few calories. For example, lunch could be a heaping plate of chopped salad greens, raw vegetables (carrots, red cabbage, celery, broccoli, onion, etc.) with a dressing of lemon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tahini or hummus. Celery is especially slimming.
Consuming carbonated soft drinks is one of the worst things you can do when wanting to lose weight. Many soft drinks have hugely high sugar/caffeine content and most are packed with a bunch of artificial chemicals that interfere with your bodyâ??s ability to metabolise food.
Avoid refined carbohydrates. Choose brown rice and whole-wheat breads and pastas instead. Overall, though, minimise your intake of grains.
Limit your intake of caffeine or black tea to a couple of cups a day. Try to avoid alcohol.
4. Include fat-burning foods
Many foods burn fat. For example foods such as chilli, green tea, berries and whole grains, will all help you to shed the kilos by avoiding insulin spikes and keeping your metabolic rate going.
5. Have broth-based soups
Avoid processed and packaged soups â?? most of them are high sodium and packed with artificial chemicals. Eat bowls of nutritious home-made vegetable soups and treat yourself to a drizzle of unprocessed cream or a sprinkle of feta on top. Delicious!
6. Practise good eating habits
Try to sit down at a table for meals. Eat slowly â?? chew for a long time, and wait until your mouth is empty before taking the next mouthful.
7. Drink enough water
People on a fruit/vegetable diet need less water than people on a high meat or fast-food diet. Drink water until your urine is clear and almost colourless. Drink water half an hour before meals rather than with meals.
8. Spread out your food intake!
Eat a small snack, like a piece of fruit, a carrot or sweet pepper, or a small handful of raw, unsalted nuts between each of your three bigger meals. This allows you to burn more calories than eating just three big meals a day.
9. Feed your temptations once in a while
Once in a while, go ahead and have that little block of dark chokkie or slice of pizza. However, before you do, drink a couple of glasses of water and then eat a big bowl of chopped raw veggies such as cucumbers, celery, carrots, and tomatoes. The raw food will fill up your stomach, thereby minimising the urge to overeat on treats.
10. Identify hunger
Learn to know the difference between real hunger and just â??wanting to eat somethingâ??. Hunger pangs can begin from about two hours after a vegetarian meal to more than six hours after a heavy meat and refined carb meal.
Attend to your hunger pangs â?? because after the third one, your metabolism will start to shut down. This is because your body will get worried about where its next meal is coming from, and therefore will not want to expend more energy than it has to.
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