There are many ways to lose weight, but if you’re eating right, exercising AND avoiding as many sweet treats as possible, but not seeing any pounds shift when you step on the scales – then something is not right. ‘How can I lose weight if these don’t work’ we hear you cry? Well it might be one of these lesser-known reasons why the pounds aren’t falling away…
You’re doing your exercise too late in the day
The secret to weight loss is apparently exercising on an empty stomach. ‘Fasting’ (or more sensibly, sleeping) for a long period of time before your workout means that you’ll shed the weight quicker. You can still stick to your regular meals, just make sure you do your daily workout first thing before you’ve eaten anything in if you want to shed fat quicker.
Fruit and veg are definitely the way to go if you want to start being healthy, and we all know we need to eat 5-a-day, but remember the phrase ‘too much of a good thing’? Well that applies to these food groups too! Too many really sugary fruits such as grapes can actually be really bad for you if you’re trying to lose weight.
If you want one of the best ways to lose weight, then weigh and measure your food. As a guideline, these are the right portion sizes you should follow:
Cereal: 30-40g, dried pasta: a standard teacup, cheese: 30g, oil: 1tbsp, meat: 100g.
Your desk vs. your diet
Office workers spend ¾ of their time sat down at their desk, and this is terrible for our metabolism! The best thing to do is eat your first meal of the day when you feel hungry – whether that’s first thing or a couple of hours later. Then make sure you have a lunch with lots of protein in, whether that be fish, chicken, or even beans like lentils are good. This will help your metabolism out, even if you’re stuck at a desk nine ‘till five.
As you know, when you approach menopause, shifting a few extra pounds before hitting the beach is a lot trickier than it used to be. But don’t put those bikinis in the bin just yet! By eating foods that are rich in omega 3, you can boost your mood burn fat a little easier. Try eating a poached egg with smoked salmon and avocado to kick start your day, it’s super tasty and great for beating any menopause hormone unhappiness!
It’s been proven that shift workers have a high chance of developing a slow metabolism and low insulin levels. This is due to irregular sleeping patterns, which not only brings about mood swings, but can also cause addictions to sugary foods and a depressed immune system. Challenging this is easy; eat your biggest meal before you go to work. After this, eat a small meal or snack every three hours.
Too much of a good thing?
Exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight, but did you know it’s possible to exercise too much? Not only could this be bad for your joints, but losing weight through a high amount of exercise will only be affective when teamed with a fat burning diet. This means watching what you eat and drinking liters of water as well as exercising.
Treating yourself is a delicious feeling but rewarding yourself with unhealthy food is just undoing all the work you’ve put in at the gym. Non-food rewards are the best. If you meet your target goal, buy yourself that jacket you’ve been wanting or a new pair of heels; that way you’ll maintain your goals and be treating yourself as well.
It’s ok to eat a little and often, but if you’re constantly nibbling on snacks or unhealthy food, than this can lead to trouble. Small portions, five to six times a day is a great way to boost your metabolism, but snacking is a guaranteed way to put on weight!
You hate waste
We hate wasting food – and to a certain extent this is a good thing – but not when we eat every last bite on our plate when we already feel too full. Keep focused on how your stomach feels and stop when you no longer feel hungry. Smaller portion sizes will also help with this.
Always read the label
There are some really good products in the supermarket that are great diet alternatives to our regular meals and snacks. There are exceptions though, as some brands might make something that is ‘low carb’ but fill it with sugar, or something with 0% sugar that’s high in sat-fat. So always read the label and be aware of exactly what you’re putting in your body!