Friday, 1 May 2015

3 steps to kick start your weight loss

Winter is approaching and along with the cold weather also comes weight gain. Whether you want to lose some weight or simply want to stop yourself piling on the pounds during the cold season there are some simple steps you can take to manage your weight.

1.       Start each morning with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. This helps to ‘wake up’ the digestive system and get it ready for the day. Having an active digestive system will help you to break down your food effectively and assimilate it into the body reducing weight gain.

2.       Eat a nutritious breakfast! What you eat for breakfast sets you up for the entire day. If it is high in sugar than you are more likely to create an insulin spike that will leave you feeling hungry and tired in just a few hours. Then what will happen is that you will reach for that cookie or chocolate bar to give you back that energy boost. Have a breakfast containing some form of protein whether it is nuts, eggs, meat or fish. Some healthy options include eggs on toast, a smoothie or chia pudding with nuts on top. This will keep you full until lunch, maintain your energy levels and stop you craving those sweets.

3.       Get active! Diet and exercise in combination is the best way to lose the centimetres. You can start slow with a gentle 15 minute walk around the block 3 times a week and gradually build up to a 1 hour power walk or gentle jog. Or get a personal trainer so you have someone else keeping you on track!