Dieting is no fun. You're hungry, faint, and grumpy and that's only one hour in. After a week you'll have adjusted and will feel a few pounds lighter, but soon the weight won't shift so easily anymore. Here are a few tips that might help you out.
Food satisfaction comes from flavour not volume. You're more likely to eat less if what you're eating tastes really good. So get your cook book out, and crack open those herbs and spices!
Dairy can be fattening, but if you cut back your body may not appreciate it, and could start storing fat cells in rebellion. That's because a lack of calcium triggers release of calcitriol, which increases those lardy fat cells. Try and keep some dairy in your diet to combat this.
Sometimes your body is signalling for a drink but you think it's after food. Drink more water and you'll feel full. When you exercise, carry a bottle of water with you and use it as a weight to tone your arms and lose more weight. Add lemon to the water and you'll burn more fat. Water - is there anything it can't do?
Chewing your food and being aware of the flavour and texture will slow down your consumption. It also creates satiety hormones that indicate you're full up and happy about it.
Don't eat ice-cream until need to vomit, Roman-style, but add some treats and fats to your diet once a week. This will get your body thinking it doesn't need to hold onto every calorie you ingest. Your body will produce leptin in response - the fat burning hormone released after carb intake to kick-start your metabolism. Plus you'll keep sane; everyone needs a bit of buttery toast to keep them on the straight and narrow.
It's hard to get all the sleep you need; there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. But if you are well rested you will have more energy for exercise and will be less likely to snack. Some research indicates that fat-burning hormones spike during deep-sleep - a great reason to get an early night.
You may have cut down calories, but do the meals you eat contain sugar and fat? If you eat raw, unprocessed foods you'll lose more weight.
Low-fat might be written on the packaging but 'low-fat' can be subjective. The diet version of a fatty meal is still likely to be fattening and laden with sugar. Monosodium glutamate is used in diet food a fair amount and this produces an insulin spike resulting in fat storage.
Think seriously, how long have you been dieting? A sensible weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. If you're expecting to see a stone off in three weeks you're being unrealistic. Keep going, and you'll see results.
Good luck dieters. You're looking hot!
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