NON-DIET WEIGHT LOSS IS POS­SI­BLE IF YOU PLAN FOR IT

Life & Style Weekend - - READ - – Susie Bur­rell

We hear so much about the foods we should eat and the di­ets we should fol­low for weight loss that it all gets a lit­tle bor­ing. Imag­ine if you could lose weight via strate­gies that do not in­volve calo­rie count­ing, label read­ing or spend­ing hours at the gym? Well, guess what, you can with these proven strate­gies.

PLAN YOUR MEALS

The sim­ple act of al­lo­cat­ing 20 min­utes each week to plan­ning your meals in ad­vance not only saves much time, stress and money but when it comes to weight con­trol, plan­ning your meals en­sures that you are less likely se­duced by tempt­ing high calo­rie snacks and food picked up on the go. As a gen­eral rule of thumb, meals cho­sen quickly at cafes, fast food out­lets and in food courts con­tain sig­nif­i­cantly more calo­ries and fat than meals pre­pared at home.

SHOP ON­LINE

We have all been there; the 99c Cheezels at the end of the su­per­mar­ket aisle; the pre-din­ner dip and crack­ers you find your­self hun­gry for when shop­ping on the way home from work and of course the oblig­a­tory choco­late bar you throw in the trol­ley while you wait at the check­out. Shop­ping on­line not only elim­i­nates all of these im­pulse buys but helps you to meal plan in ad­vance each week, sav­ing you calo­ries and plenty of dol­lars.

CLEAN OUT THE KITCHEN

If it is in your kitchen you will eat it at some stage, whether it is the choco­late bis­cuits you say are for guests; cook­ing choco­late for bak­ing or the kid’s left­over Easter eggs. Be ruth­less in your kitchen and refuse to keep any food items you know you will even­tu­ally eat when you are feel­ing tired, bored or vul­ner­a­ble.

SIT DOWN TO EAT

This one sounds sim­ple, but when you sit down and con­cen­trate solely on eat­ing and noth­ing else, not only are you likely to con­sume fewer calo­ries at that meal but also for the re­main­der of the day. An eat­ing be­hav­iour study pub­lished in the jour­nal Ap­petite found that di­eters who con­sumed their lunch while watch­ing TV con­sumed sig­nif­i­cantly more cookie calo­ries at af­ter­noon tea than di­eters who had en­joyed their lunch at a ta­ble with no dis­trac­tions.

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