Dieting: “A Piece of Cake”
Have you put off getting that perfect wedding dress figure until after Christmas and are now faced with the fact it is already January?
Many of us associate dieting with mental torture – no carbohydrates, no chocolate and no alcohol. What could be worse? Our initial, yet exaggerated thoughts of dieting may include deprivation and subsequent misery. But brides-to-be, dieting doesn’t have to be painful. Having a positive outlook on your new diet is key to exercising control and rationing your eating habits. Here’s our top ten manageable diet tips, whereby dieting and “a piece of cake” can be used in the same sentence!
1. Snack substitution – If you have a tendency to indulge in unhealthy snacks, learn to substitute these for healthy alternatives. Tasty ideas include hummus and carrot sticks, a handful of nuts or seeds, or a piece of fruit. If your snacks are healthy, there shouldn’t be a limit on how many you can have.
2. Dry January? – Many of us come home from work and find ourselves reaching for a glass of wine. Wine is calorific, containing between 100-200 calories per glass. Why not try swapping alcohol for green tea of a non-alcoholic refreshment for the rest of the month. This will help cleanse the body after all that Christmas partying! Post-January, try to limit your alcohol consumption to weekends.
3. Small portions – Ever heard of the phrase, “little and often?” The theory is – snacking little amounts on a regular basis helps prevent bloating, and keeps your energy levels and metabolism consistent.
4. Avoid late night snacking – Stop snacking 3 hours before bed. Our metabolism is slowest while we sleep, meaning that your body stops burning fat and begins to store it instead. We don’t want that!
5. High fibre foods – Opting for foods which are rich in fibre will mean that you feel fuller for longer. Perfect! Only found in plants, fibre can be found in foods such as oats, fruit, vegetables, and wholemeal rice and pasta.
6. Eat Breakfast – Do you frequently skip breakfast? There is good reason it is known as the “most important meal of the day” as it gives you energy to start your day and kick starts your metabolism. The quicker your metabolism starts, the more time your body has to burn fat.
7. Plan meals – If you don’t plan your meals then you may be tempted to impulse buy unhealthy foods. Plan your main meals of the day as well as planning for healthy snacks when you’re peeling peckish.
8. Cheat Day – Make sure you mark “cheat days” in your calendar. These are days which allow you to eat whatever you want, but ideally in moderation; this will reward you for all your hard work and give you something to look forward to when you’re craving Fish and Chips. Suggested as every two weeks.
9. Are you sure you’re hungry? Some people tend to eat out of habit or boredom (especially if you’re at work). If you are not sure then do the “apple test.” The rule is, if you don’t feel hungry enough to eat an apple then put down that snack.
10. No carbs after lunch – You can indulge in carbs for lunch, but then turn to vegetables and protein for dinner. Remember that if you’re hungry, healthy snacking is allowed. Sticking to this tip will definitely help weight loss, and you should see the results in no time.
If your struggling with motivation, keep an eye out for our upcoming blog on fitness motivation!
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