When you’ve spent months trying the latest fad diets and depriving yourself of your favourite treats, it may seem like the ultimate victory when you finally hit your goal weight. All of that sacrifice seems worth it as you try out trendy new clothes and snap your new look on Instagram. So what happens when things start to slip? Whilst short term diets and cutting out carbs may work in the short term – in the long run you may slip back into old routines and the weight piles back on. The best way to lose weight is to avoid the fad diets and come up with a weight loss plan you can stick to. I’ll give you some tips on how you can do it.
Don’t deprive yourself of treats
You may think eating healthy means no treats at all. If that was the case life would be a very boring place- think of all the cocktails you’d miss out on! The key thing to consider is the 80:20 rule. If you eat healthily during the week then you can definitely let your hair down and have one of your favourite treats at the weekend.
- Top tip no 1 – try not to go overboard, whilst your favourite treat may be KFC, eating a whole Zinger meal may undo all your good work. Aim to eat the healthiest version of the treat you want – for example why not try the Toasted Twister Wrap instead (only 480 calories)
- Top tip no 2 – don’t snack in front of the telly. Often you’ll zone out and if your snack is bottomless you’ll just keep eating. If you want a snack have it where you can focus on what you’re eating.
Keep a food diary
To avoid piling on the pounds why not keep a food diary. You’ll be able to assess exactly what you’re putting into your body every day and spots whether there’s a trend that may cause you to gain weight. For example you may indulge when you’re eating out or you’re feeling peckish after working out. Always plan ahead and keep healthy snacks by your side when you feel a craving coming on.
- Top tip no 1 – when you’re eating fill half the plate with vegetables and the remaining half split into quarters of carbs and proteins.
Build up your core strength
One of the great things about working out – apart from losing calories -is the ability to strengthen your core body muscles. Exercises like squats and press ups are great for increasing lean muscle tissue. Perfect for you as lean muscle burns calories even when you’re at rest.
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