Ditch the diet

January 10, 2013

So January is upon us and perhaps so are the excess pounds from the Christmas indulgence and party season. Before you waste your money on the latest diet book, you might like to know that no diet out there is going to offer the true solution otherwise the obesity epidemic would be long behind us. The best way to lose weight is to take a holistic approach and become aware of the nutritional level of the foods you eat. Here are some ways to help you shed the pounds or just improve your health:

Increase your daily activity levels – Become more active on a daily basis and make use of your physical self. The more effort you put in, the more health benefits you’ll get out. Increase the amount of time you spend standing up, walk outside more, do more tasks around the house or use the stairs more.

Work every muscle in your body – Activating each muscle on a regular basis not only maintains strength and protects joints, but also keeps our resting metabolic rate high. If we use all of our muscles as we age, we can maintain the metabolic rate we enjoyed in our 20s! Goodbye mid-aged spread!

Drink water – We are approximately 80% water. Many clients that come to see me for weight-loss don’t drink enough water and when they up this things start to change. Even mild dehydration slows every process in our body including our metabolic rate. Drinking enough water also ensures we only ever feel hungry when our body needs calories for fuel and not hydration.

Eat enough protein – Lean proteins have a thermogenic effect in our body when we eat them. This means that our metabolism has to work harder to break down protein in comparison to fats and carbohydrate. Other advantages of eating protein is that it releases chemicals in our brain that make us feel satisfied and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Relax with tea – If your one of those people that finds that your stress levels impact what you eat then start associating tea with a time to slow down, breathe more deeply and relax. Drinking tea is a far healthier way of coping with stress and may also help protect us from some diseases such as cancer and heart disease, especially if we drink green tea. Green tea is processed differently from other teas and so contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant.

Other tips include eating little and often to prevent excessive hunger levels, keep blood-sugar levels stable and keep metabolic levels high, swapping calorie dense foods for those lower in calories, and questioning why we’re about to eat something – are we actually feeling hungry or are we feeling something else? I hope you all have a healthy and happy 2013.
If you want to find out more about changing your health and body shape for the better then contact me here. Keep happy, healthy and well.

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