Have you heard phrases such as these so often that you are practically numb to them or sceptical by default? Honestly, I don’t blame you because these are often overused. The reality, however, is that sustainable weight loss is a process and does not come about immediately. Truth be told, that is what you should be focused on, as I write about in the Granite Fitness Masterclass. For today, however, I’ll be sharing a few of these tips that will assist your weight loss efforts.
One: Eat More Fruits And Vegetables.
I can hear you think out loud through the internet “Thank you captain obvious”. But wait, what I meant more specifically was that you should focus on eating fruits and vegetables instead of consuming less fat and carbs – the devil is in the detail and the minutiae is in the emphasis. The basis behind this is that if you are consuming your fruit and veg, you’ll stock up on the nutrients that will keep you full, then the prohibition bit almost becomes natural and effortless,
Two: Don’t Make Dinner Your Main Meal
This might sound controversial, because there is a school of thought that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, and so it doesn’t matter when you consume them, but how much of them you consume. While that is good advice, recent research suggests that people who eat their largest meals later in the day lose less weight than people who eat their heaviest meals early on. This is postulated to be due to hormonal influence, which means that our human bodies digest food at different rates at different times too, and this happens to be slower at night.
Three: Eat Fruit For Dessert
Have a sweet tooth? Well, so do I, favourites being middle eastern and south Asian desserts like Baklava and Gulab Jamun. However, if weight loss is the name of the game, you do not need to completely sacrifice your sweet tooth. Instead, simply fulfill it with fruits! Not only are they sweet and yummy, you’ll get a load of fibre too. And there are creative ways to jazz up fruits – just search for ideas on the internet.
You probably have heard of the recommendation to have eight glasses of water a day, right? Whether or not that’s true or an exaggeration, the fact is that it is good to always ensure that you are adequately hydrated. For weight loss specifically, drinking water throughout the day and during your meals promotes proper digestion, which means that you will be less likely to get bloated. In fact, two glasses before a meal can make you feel fuller almost instantly, which means that you’ll end up eating less.
Five: Have Breakfast
Yet again another controversial one! The rationale behind this is that not having breakfast can trick your body into thinking it’s starving. What do you think happens after that? Yes, that’s right – it holds onto calories dearly, resulting in your weight loss efforts being inhibited. Our bodies have internal clocks, so to speak, and not eating for a certain number of hours will affect the way it acts.
Six: Ditch Salty Snacks
This one is pretty straightforward. Salty snacks can promote water retention. This will puff you up and make you feel less bloated. Furthermore, most salty snacks are unhealthy anyway. Instead, opt for carrot or cucumber sticks dipped in hummus or guacamole.
Seven: Eat Slowly
This one can be very difficult to follow if you allow yourself to get ravenous before your meal. However, there is a rationale behind it. You see, our brains have evolved in such a way that it takes a certain period of time for the stomach to signal to the brain that it has enough nutrients. By slowing down your pace of eating, you are giving these signals time to be activated, thus reducing your chances of overeating.
How did you find the items on this list? Pretty good, isn’t it? Well, equip yourself with good theory by subscribing to this blog and reading the articles often, but also put them into action. The saying “no pain, no gain” might be a bit of an exaggeration based on it’s military roots, but the principle that change requires some discomfort rings true. All the best!
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