The good news is that provided you know what you’re doing, it is possible to lose weight without torturing yourself. And when I say torture, I am referring to forced starvation. Here are six simple tips for dropping the pounds without living life on an empty stomach.
Break Up Your Calories
If you want to lose weight, you need to watch your calorie consumption. Unfortunately, there’s no way around this fact. The good news however is that there is no limit on the number of meals that you can eat each day.
Provided each meal is low in calories, there’s no reason why you cannot eat five meals a day. It’s all about watching the ingredients, and more importantly, the portion sizes. Trying to survive on two meals per day is not only uncomfortable, it’s pointless.
If you want to keep those hunger pangs to a minimum, keeping yourself hydrated is essential. The symptoms of mild dehydration are surprisingly similar to the symptoms of hunger and it’s not uncommon for people to confuse the two.
Drinking a lot of water with your meals can also help you to stay full for longer. Carbonated water, in particular, is highly effective.
Study Nutritional Information
When clever marketing people are trying to come up with ways to sell more food to women, the words “low fat” almost always spring to mind. Unfortunately, the words “low fat” have pretty much lost all meaning these days.
Rather than relying on overly vague marketing speak, rely on nutritional information. Ignore the words “low fat” and count those carbs, calories and grams of fat yourself. And while you’re at it, ignore the words “health food” too.
Never Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast might mean that you’re skipping calories but it doesn't mean that you’re going to lose weight. When you go to sleep at night, your metabolism slows to a crawl and it doesn't speed up again until you eat something.
This means that when you skip breakfast, you don’t burn calories properly until lunch. You are literally starving yourself for nothing. A bowl of cereal or a slice of toast in the morning can actually help you to lose weight.
If you want to lose weight without starving yourself, exercise is essential. Weight loss only occurs when you burn more calories than you consume. If you want to be able to enjoy more food, you need to be willing to burn more calories.
Though the gym is obviously ideal, it’s by no means the only option. If you’re not a gym person, consider taking long walks every evening instead. What matters is that you get ample cardiovascular exercise and that you get it on a daily basis.
Watch What You Drink
Finally, calories are calories regardless of where they come from. This means that what you drink at night is just as important as what you eat during the day. If you’re serious about your diet, abstaining completely can make a lot of sense.
If you don’t like the sound of going tea total, drink in moderation and keep a close eye on exactly what it is that you are drinking. Rather than ordering colourful cocktails full of sugar, stick to spirits with sugar free fruit juice.
Mary Archer is a nutritionist and a frequent blogger. She runs an abortion clinic and blogs about health related topics in her free time.
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