Got any chocolates still lurking in your cupboards from Christmas? Do yourself a favour, get tough, and throw them all out today, yes bin them! The same goes for biscuits, crisps, sweets and cakes, send them out with the rubbish! If you keep these things in your home you will eventually eat them, they are of no nutritional value, high in bad fats and sugars and artificial tat, they are detrimental to your health and will hinder any weight loss. PS. Don’t hide it either, you are not fooling anyone!
Give your liver a break and avoid alcohol. Kick start your day with hot lemon water. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into hot (not boiling) water to help aid digestion, cleanse the liver, boost the immune system, clear the skin, balance ph plus many more benefits!
Follow this with a protein breakfast, ditch the cereal full of sugar in favour of eggs, and avoid the mid-morning craving for sweet snacks as you’ll feel fuller for longer.
Water, water, water … make sure you drink the recommended 7 glasses a day that’s 2 litres EVERY day and ditch the fizzy, cordial and energy drinks full of sugars and artificial nasties. Water not only keeps you hydrated, it helps to transport nutrients and waste through your body. Drink enough and your body will become super-efficient, and yes it really does help with weight loss! Avoid caffeine and relax instead with a herbal or fruit infusion tea to top up your water levels.
Start an exercise routine today. If you change both eating and exercise habits you are more likely to stick to it, plus you’ll get great results faster! Not sure what to do? Click Here and claim your FREE guide ’3 steps to a healthier and fitter you’ there are some great exercise tips waiting for you!
Eat REAL food. If it’s in a packet, jar or can and lists more than 3 ingredients it is processed and should be avoided. Select fresh organic fruit and vegetables, meat and fish for your home prepared meals and taste the difference! If you’re feeling a little blue post-Christmas focus on foods rich in Vitamin B and omega 3 such as nuts grains, seeds and oily fish.
On the subject of carbohydrates, it is best to stick with fruits, vegetables, beans, pulses, seeds, sweet potatoes and quinoa to name a few. Eating starchy carbs such as potatoes or rice will make you feel sluggish and gain weight. As for wheat, try giving this a miss for a month and feel the difference!
Protein: It is important to include protein in the diet to maintain both health and fitness. The estimated upper limit for adults is 2.0g per kilogram of body weight. Are you getting enough? Sources include: eggs, meat, poultry, fish, buckwheat, quinoa, and in smaller amounts; grains, pulses, nuts and vegetables. Make sure you get your daily quota!
Use a little butter and coconut oil for cooking and olive oil and extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings. Avoid margarine and other nasty trans fats and hydrogenated fats which damage the body’s cells and cause harm to our long term health. It’s so important to eat good fats such as Omega 3’s found in oily fish, nuts and seeds – the body needs good fats to thrive – and they will help you lose weight!
Keep dairy to a minimum but when you do have it opt for the full fat varieties which have not been messed with. Avoid low fat flavoured yoghurts, opt for full fat greek or natural live yoghurt and sweeten with real fruit!
Stress: Relax to reduce your stress levels. Too much stress can stop you losing weight so do one thing that helps you relax every day – what’s your thing?
Are you getting enough sleep? Adults should aim to have 7-9 hours sleep per night. Sleep is significant for our health. While we sleep our body repairs and regenerates itself and sets us up for the day. If we are tired and grouchy we make bad food choices. So make sure you are getting enough Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs!
Remember you can do ANYTHING if you set your mind to it. Stay focused on the goal, make a commitment and you will achieve it!