6 tips to help you slim down this Spring
Spring has sprung! The weather is warming, the birds are singing, the blossoms are blooming and we are heading outdoors. If you overindulged this winter your shorts might be feeling a little snug. This is the perfect chance to commit to a lifestyle change to shed those excess winter kilos, and get yourself feeling healthy, energetic and confident! 1. Cut the carbs: Now don’t and proteins. Fun fact- did you know freak out. You don’t need to cut protein has a higher thermic effect of out carbs completely, but it would food (TEF) compared to carbohydrates, be in the best interest of your waist which means your body burns more line to reduce them- particularly the calories to digest it?! refined ones. Excessive intake of 2. Be mindful: Mindfulness is carbohydrates leads to excess fat really important, but often forgotten. If storage in the body. Reduce bread, you are distracted by the TV or talking pasta, pizza, biscuits, donuts, cake, on the phone while you’re stuffing rice and other high-carbohydrate your face, your brain doesn’t have the foods in your diet and replace with chance to register the amount of food low-carb options such as vegetables you are consuming and wont signal you to stop when you should. Take 3 deep breaths before you start eating, and really focus of the flavours and textures of your meal. Try to be free of distractions when you eat so your brain can tell you when enough is enough. 3. Stay hydrated: Water, water and more water! Quite often, thirst can be mistaken as hunger, making you eat when you don’t actually need it. Drink water consistently throughout the day, and when you think you might be hungry, have a glass of water and wait for 15 minutes- you might just be thirsty! Also, try having a glass of water before each meal, as it will fill you up a little, reducing the risk of you over-eating. 4. Set realistic goals: If you aim toa lose 10 kilos’ in a week, you are likely to fail and feel bad about yourself. Set yourself a steady goal of ½ a kilo a week and if you achieve more than this- it’s a bonus! Be focused and write yourself a list of the changes you are going to make. For example- Aim to walk 3 times per week, limit yourself to one soft drink per week, do some meal prep and eat dinner at a table. Set yourself some goals that you can achieve! 5. Ditch the liquid calories: Are you one to indulge in the regular soft drink, bottled ice tea, caramel latte, milkshake or glass of Moscato? Sipping on beverages that are high in calories (and sugar) is one of the easiest ways to put on weight! Because they don’t fill you up, you are having these calories in addition to the food you are eating. Try cutting these out and opt for water, black unsweetened coffee, herbal tea or a vodka lime and soda- if you must! 6. Do a Cleanse: Your liver is the major fat burning organ of your body. When your liver is happy and functioning well, it will burn off excess fat and cholesterol. When your liver is sad and sluggish, its capacity to burn fat is reduced. Eat lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and lean protein, reduce refined carbohydrates and alcohol, avoid excessive use of painkillers, drink plenty of water and support your liver, gut and immune system with supplements such as those in the Dr Cabot 15 Day Cleanse.