We all love a cheeky cocktail or two at the weekend!

Luckily this delicious low calorie cocktail Cranberry and Orange Martini is low in calories so you can enjoy, guilt free! The delicious taste comes from the full flavours.

Our top tip is to put some cranberries in the gin overnight to give it a subtle flavour. If you want it to be stronger, try popping them in a week earlier.

 

Want to lose weight for summer? Try these top tips… 

If you want to lose a pound or two or trim your tummy or deloat before a night out, read on! These simple tips and tricks are really handy for when it comes to shifting the extra weight. From what to add to your foods to speed up weight loss, to some great little exercise pointers.

Read on to discover 19 top weight loss tips that really work…

Spice it up!
If you can handle the heat, add plenty of chilli to your cooking. The capsaicin found in the food can increase your metabolic rate.

Limited alcohol
Try keeping alcohol to the weekends only as it just contains empty calories! A glass of wine has about 125 calories and because our bodies don’t use those calories well, they usually get converted directly into fat! Ekk!

Drink coffee
Try drinking a coffee an hour before working out as it will help to energise your exercise and you’ll burn more calories!

Reduce carbs
A week before you are due to go away simply cut out all white carbs so things like rice, pasta, bread rolls. This will instantly slim as it will help to debloat your tummy, plus it will stop you overeating as you often feel more hungry quicker after these kinds of food.

Enjoy breakfast
Always try and eat a big healthy breakfast to fill you up and stop you snacking. Experts say about 300 calories is good and you should mix proteins and whole grains.

sleeping 420Sleep well
Are you getting enough shut-eye? Sleep can help keep you slim as it regulates the hormones leptin and ghrelin. Leptin can maintain energy levels and keep your appetite low.

Exercise little and often
If you cant get to the gym try doing small bouts of exercise each day either before or after work. Things like star jumps in the garden, stomach crunches in front of the TV or even a bogie on the spot while washing the dishes will help! Anything to burn a few extra calories!

Take the stairs
If you want a better body then it’s time to end your relationship with the lift. Your new best friend is… the stairs. It counts as aerobic exercise!

Limit processed foods
They’re full of harmful chemicals and often high in calories. Think fresh!

Drink water!
You may have heard it a million times before BUT keep drinking water. Can you honestly say you’re getting your recommended two litres a day? It’s great for your metabolism and has other benefits, including hydration.

Base your meals around protein
Protein burns a larger amount of calories during digestion, which will give your weight loss a boost. Diets such as the Dukan Diet and Weight Watchers focus around this.

Still enjoy treats!
Don’t deprive yourself of what you love for too long – this is likely to lead to binge-eating your favourite foods and set you back.

woman-eating-chocolatesDon’t skip meals
Skipping meals seems like a good idea to cut down on calories… WRONG. Two things are likely to happen: You’ll overeat at the next meal, or your metabolism will go into sleep mode and you’ll burn fewer calories.

Add chromium
Make sure you’re getting enough chromium in your diet. Chromium helps to cut sugar cravings by aiding metabolism, controlling blood sugar, and helping to convert food in to energy.

Watch your portions
Use a smaller plate to help cut down on portion size. Your serving sizes are likely to fill your plate – bad news if you’re using large ones!

Cut out fizzy drinks
Regular fizzy drinks are laden with sugar and calories, but diet alternatives are also bad for you. American research has shown that people who drink diet fizzy drinks tend to have a higher BMI than those who drink the regular options.

Add yoghurt
Natural yoghurt contains live bacteria, which aids digestion, helping you get a flatter tum, fast.

If you sip on cranberry juice
Not only is it great for your skin, it also has diuretic properties that will flush out toxins and de-bloat your tum and waist.

Cut down on the salt
We all know sugar is basically the devil when it comes to weight gain, but your salt intake could be affecting your waistline too! Check packets for salt intake and try to stick to foods that aren’t processed.

 

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