An expert from Slimming World as shared their best tips for losing weight ahead of the summer. Weight loss expert Rob Phillips has five easy hacks for people to follow
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Summer is around the corner and it’s time to don the beach bodies once again, if that’s what you want to do.
There are several kinds of different diets and workout routines around to try, which can be very overwhelming.
We’d also like to point out that we know you will look great no matter what size you are, but slimming down is good for our health and these tips may be useful for that too.
Get rid of unhelpful habits
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We can often get into some unhelpful habits that take up our energy and most importantly, our time.
This leaves a lower capacity to exercise and also plan your meals for the week ahead.
You may want to cook your new diet meals in advance of the week and store them in the fridge first. You need time to do this so if your time is already being taken up by things that are getting in the way, it may be time to purge them from your life.
Cut out the booze
Cutting out the booze is particularly difficult in the summer, with hot days lending themselves to summer drinks with close friends.
Boozy beverages are not great for cutting out the calories, so having alcohol in moderation is important to your diet.
Carolyn Pallister, nutrition and health policy manager at Slimming World, said: “Interspersing alcoholic drinks with soft drinks, adding soda water to wine to make a spritzer, switching to slimline mixers, or choosing a low-calorie lager can all make a big difference.”
Set yourself a goal
Slimming World says that setting yourself a goal can help you by making sure your weight loss is more focussed.
They say this goal should be tough to achieve so you realise what your body is capable of.
Slimming World’s head of research and scientific affairs Dr Jacquie Lavin said: “Setting an ambitious target can help you visualise what you’re capable of.”
The weight loss company said their survey of 24,000 people showed people who set an ambitious target fared better than those who did not.
People may benefit form the ‘SMART’ goal.
This is as follows:
- Specific – be specific in what you say you will do so you know what your goal is.
- Measurable- make your goal is measurable so you can track your progress.
- Attainable – don’t kid yourself by setting an impossible goal. Work out when and where you can workout and go from there.
- Relevant – set your own goals, don’t listen to other people’s opinions unless it is the one of a doctor.
Change up what you eat in the kitchen
A diet doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with eating awful meals with no taste to them. There are lots of different recipes for you to try.
Michael Mosley’s keto diet is famous, but can be difficult to do and you should usually make sure you can do this extreme diet before trying it.
It is not recommended for those with certain pre-existing health conditions.
A Leeds University study found “people who followed a diet of low energy density food such as vegetables, lean meat and rice were more likely to feel full than those who tried to restrict their calorie intake”.
Get fresh air
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Both fresh air and exercise are shown to improve our mood and attitude and this could help with exercise.
A study from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry found in 2011 that there are physical and mental benefits to exercising outside.
Science Daily said: “The study found that most trials showed an improvement in mental well-being: compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression.”