I know exactly how it feels to be called a ‘potato-head’ by friends. It’s okay to be a little chubby but not so good for the health in the long run. So let’s try to shed some kilos little by little and not stress much about it!
1. Drink Water. Duh!
There’s also a theory that having a glass of water before a meal can make you feel satisfied faster, meaning you eat fewer calories.
A 2009 study by the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise in Virginia confirmed this connection, showing that water consumption acutely reduces meal energy intake among middle-aged and older adults.
2. Brace yourselves-
When hunger strikes, dieters can often fall off track by opting for sugary snacks to curb cravings. Having healthy but filling snacks at the ready can prevent this. When eating out at restaurants, it’s a good idea to have a look at menus before to ensure you make healthy choices.
3. Add spices to your meals-
Chilli peppers aren’t just full of flavor, they’re also thought to have fat burning properties. According to a 2010 study by the American Chemical Society, capsaicin – found in chili peppers – may cause weight loss and fight fat build up.
4. Use smaller plates-
5. Sleep more
Getting your eyes shut for eight hours shut-eye is just as important as your diet and exercise regime when it comes to weight loss. In a study by the University of Leeds, 1,615 adults reported how long they slept and kept records of food intake.
6. Food to avoid-
7. Don’t skip breakfast-
Skipping breakfast in order to “save your appetite” for dinner probably isn’t a safety shield for late-night noshing. While there’s still debate on how important breakfast really is, not eating until the afternoon may lead to binge-eating later (think: a massive dinner because you’re starving). Stick to a reasonably-sized breakfast with plenty of protein, so you’re not tempted to eat unhealthy snacks mid-morning.
8. Chew slowly-
Eating slowly may not fit into a busy workday, but it pays to pace your chewing: The quicker you eat, the less time your body has to register fullness. So slow down, and take a second to savor.
9. Ditch the sugar-
Adding sugar to food may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity. Stick to sugar that comes in its natural form (think: fruits, veggies, and whole grains) and scrap that spoonful on your cereal or in your coffee.
10. Cut down on oil-
Even healthy food can go bad when it’s been dropped in a fryer. Instead, pan fry or pop a dish in the oven. Use non-stick spray to sauté foods, or rub oil onto a pan with a paper towel for a light coating. You can even whip up a batch of healthier chips.