WEIGHT loss in time for the summer holidays is on every dieters mind right now, and health experts have revealed the tricks for a fast and easy way to shed the pounds!
If you have been struggling to lose weight and think you have tried everything, there are still things you can do.
“Often this creates stress and complex feelings, which can actually accentuate and increase the behaviour rather than curb it.”
She also said it was time to stop associating food with punishment or reward, and said: “People learn behaviours quite often with a punishment and reward value. ‘If I finish my homework I can have some chocolate’, or ‘after a hard day at work I deserve a drink.’
“Work cultures also are full of punishment and rewards, involving food and drink: the office party, a group meal out, a social event or celebration, cakes at leaving ‘do’s’ and birthday drinks.
“Temptation will always present itself. You have to be prepared, and be aware, ahead of time, that when you go somewhere, visit someone, go out for a meal, that temptation will be right there, in front of you.
“You have to plan a course of action to curb your vulnerability to being seduced by something you know will trigger your need to snack. This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower.
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As well as dealing with temptation, choosing the right foods is also the key to weight loss, as Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, explained.
She said: “If a food or drink is described as ‘low sugar’, ‘slim line’ or ‘diet’, it will usually contain an artificial sweetener. These sweeteners have been linked to mood swings and depression, and it has been found that people who regularly use artificial sweeteners tend to gain weight because they can slow down the digestive process and increase appetite.”
Dr Marilyn also urged people to sit down and enjoy their food, particularly because it has benefits for weight loss too.
Eating on the run, she said “gives your body the message that time is scarce, you are under pressure and stressed. Furthermore, your digestive system will be less efficient. Make a point of sitting down and eating your food as calmly as possible.”
Listening to your body and actually concentrating on the food in front of you is key for weight loss, as Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfood.uk, revealed: “Try and pay attention to how your stomach is feeling and eat slowly, rather than eating everything that’s in front of you. It’s important that you eat to feel satisfied, as opposed to stuffing yourself.”
Shona also advised not to skip main meals as this won’t help you lose weight. She said: “Another great tip is to not snack on foods such as toast, bread, cereals, cakes or biscuits telling yourself you won’t eat a main meal later (to make up for the calories).
“This is a trap many people fall into, because they love their sweet foods and they find these foods easier to prepare than a main meal. Make sure you eat three balanced meals a day.”
Finally, Dr Marilyn reminded dieters not to fall into the common trap of confusing thirst for hunger.
She said: “It’s actually relatively common for people to confuse thirst for hunger, that’s why keeping your fluid intake up is really important. Try drinking a large glass of water when you are feeling those hunger pains and wait to see if they dissipate.”