Our simple diet tips could see you drop a dress size in just 7 days...
Here are 20 easy ways to drop a dress size and it’s not as hard as you think! Some simple food changes, new exercise ideas and tips for eating better at home is all it takes to beat the bulge! From exercise moves to food swaps, these diet tips also help you to tone and tighten up enough to drop a dress size. So pick and choose which tips work for you or follow them all and you could be slimmer in just a week! Take a look through our slideshow above and read our fantastic tips and tricks to drop a dress size.
For example why not eat watermelon! If you’re a fruit juice fan, pop some watermelon juice in your trolley on your next shop. New research has found it contains an amino acid called citrulline, which has shown to help control weight gain. Brilliant!
Flick through our slideshow above and discover more tips, just like this one which will help you beat the bloat…easily! No faddy diets involved!
So if you are looking to lose weight fast, forget crash-style dieting and have a go at our easy-to-do diet tips to help you lose 4lb (drop a dress size!) in seven days. Perfect for the new season ahead!
It might sound bizarre, but try eating meals off red plates. The brain associates red with danger, so you’ll eat 40% fewer calories.
Say goodbye to gluten
If you want to beat the bloat, cutting out starch is a great start. Don’t be put off by the diet change or having to give up your carbs, as most supermarkets and restaurants now offer delicious gluten-free alternatives.
Eat like a bloke!
If beating bingo wings is on your agenda, it’s time to eat like a man! Nutritionist Max Tomlinson explains, ‘Bingo wings are a sign that you’re lacking in testosterone. Vitamin B can help fix the problem. You’ll find it in wholegrains, cereals and nuts.’
Choose peanut butter
If your morning isn’t complete without butter on toast, trying switching to peanut butter instead. It contains 4g less saturated fat than ordinary spread and it’s high in protein too – what’s not to love?
You might use Twitter for following your favourite celebs, but it can also have diet benefits too! A study by a US university found that slimmers who tweeted their diet updates, and got positive and encouraging responses from friends, lost more weight than those who decided not to share.
If we have too much insulin in our bodies it can promote body fat storage. Drizzle vinegar over starchy meals to help reduce their sugar index, which then helps to lower your insulin levels.
Ready, steady, squat!
It’s not all about sit-ups if you want to tackle your muffin top. High-energy moves such as squats and star jumps are much more effective at ramping up your metabolism.
Cut out the booze
That evening glass of wine may be tempting, but it’s full of hidden calories. Switch your sauvignon blanc for a glass of sparkling water to see results fast and treat yourself to wine at the weekend instead.
Ramp up your fat metabolisers
Green tea works wonders for speeding up your metabolism, so get into the habit of enjoying a few cups throughout the day. Lemon juice is warm water is also another great option.
Celery, carrot sticks and other raw veggies are the perfect go-to snack between meals. Their fibre content helps speed up your metabolism, so get chopping!
You don’t have to spend hours on end in the gym. Interval training, where you do short bursts of high intensity workouts for 10 minutes, rest for a few minutes and then repeat, has been proven to help burn fat quicker. It’s great for building up your metabolism too.
Feeling hot, hot hot!
Hot food is more satisfying than a cold dish so swap your sarnie at lunch for a warming soup and add grilled meat to your salads to banish those hunger cravings.
Visit the app store
Keeping a food diary has become even easier. Lots of great apps such as My Fitness Pal help you to combine and keep track of your daily calorie intake and calories burnt through exercise.
Keep sugar levels stable
Supplements such as Afrian Mango With Green Tea (£9.99, Holland & Barret) not only keep your sugar levels in check, they also help keep pesky hunger pains at bay until your next meal.
We love almonds, especially because you burn calories eating them thanks to their super fibre content. They’re a better afternoon snack than a sugary, chocolate treat.
Stand up straight
How often do you think about your posture? Don’t be a sloucher and improve your hold to train your stomach muscles into staying flat. Yoga and Pilates are great for improving muscle tone, but if you don’t have time, try simple daily moves at home such as pulling your shoulders back and taking three deep breaths, keeping your tummy tightly pulled in.
Forget the fad diets
Crash-style diets may seem appealing but you’re far better off going on a detox. Opt for lots of dark green veg, red berries and eggs to help you lose weight quicker.
Don’t cut out all the fat
Some fats are good for you, and can actually aid weight loss. Omega-3 fats found in oily fish are loaded with lots of good stuff, which slows down fat storage around your tum. Take supplement capsules if you’re not a big fan of oily fish.
Put down the remote
Eating dinner whilst watching TV can distract you from really enjoying your meal. Studies have shown you could risk overindulging by up to 30%, so switch off the box and head to the table.