Slow but sure....
We sometimes need to be reminded of some good tips for dieting and exercise, I know I do, and as we have a few newbies on the forum I thought these would help them and us.
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast to kick start your metabolism.
- Eat regular meals- at least three per day.
- Use low fat substitutes for dairy products wherever possible, for example, skimmed milk, low fat cheese, cottage cheese and yoghurt.
- Make sure your diet is made up mainly from fruit, vegetables and fibre rich foods like bread and pasta.
- Replace desserts with fruit to satisfy the craving for something sweet.
- Don't eat large, heavy meals last thing at night or your body won't have chance to burn off those calories.
- Drink plenty of water and low calorie drinks to help you feel full.
- Make yourself more active, climb stairs and walk all short journeys.
- Allow yourself treats occasionally or you may end up binging.
- Don't be too hard on yourself, aim to lose weight slowly and it will stay off for good.
- Simple rule number one, always take the stairs, avoid lifts and escalators. And if you have to go up a lot of floors get off a couple early, there’s always a compromise!
- Park the car a little further away from work or shops, even if you only take the space at the far end of the car park.
- When watching the TV, try to do something active, get the Hoover out or do a little dusting, or even try to forget the remote control, get up and change it yourself.
- Go out and walk, cycle, or even night socialising on your feet. Anything active! (But if your socialising watch out for any extra drinking!)
- Why not consider “walking breaks” instead of coffee breaks at work? this will get your body moving during the day, and wake you up.
- If possible, ride your bike to work once or twice a week, or if that’s not practical, try driving most of the way, park somewhere safe and cycle the rest. A member of the Eatatease team does this every day!
- Play with your kids instead of just watching them while sitting on the sofa. Even better, make a commitment to take them out to the park, you’ll soon tire them out and you’ll get some great exercise too!
- Walk your dog we’re told owning a dog can add ten years to your life (but only if you actually get active with it).
- Cut the grass, do some weeding in the garden, and wash the car instead of taking it to the car wash, you’ll soon burn off extra calories.
- Do some stretches, or sit ups while watching TV, try to do a few during the adverts, you’ll soon build up to a respectable level.