This is a sneak preview of the webinar I’ll be delivering next week. If you would like to register for it, you can do so by clicking here. Most people gain weight during the winter and there are a variety of reasons why but that doesn’t have to be the case. How about using winter as the ideal time to actually lose weight and take care of yourself? I’m going to explain 5 easy steps to losing weight before Christmas and keeping it off over the festive season. If you’d like to know more, make sure you register for the webinar.
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know I’m not a fan of fad diets but most people want to lose a little weight ready for Christmas party season so here are some ways to lose it and keep it off without any fad diets or starving yourself. Don’t forget that eating well really helps boost your immune system too.
- Stop counting calories. The danger with counting calories, points, syns or anything else is the temptation to make them up with rubbish. The calorie concept is a myth anyway as we use them all differently but 2000 calories made up of real, high fat and protein, unprocessed food with some vegetables thrown in has a very different effect to 2000 calories of beige dead food i.e. bread, pasta, crisps, chocolate, biscuits, cake, breakfast cereal etc. If you eat real food, trust me, you’ll never need to count a calorie again but will still lose weight and more importantly fat.
- Get rid of low fat food. Anything that’s marketed as being low fat, good for you, low sugar or in fact has any kind of advert is not going to be good for you. You never see an advert for meat, fish, fruit or vegetables but these are the foods you should be eating. Fat from unprocessed or minimally processed (ie butter, olive oil- not vegetable oils, yoghurt, meat, fish, nuts, avocado etc.) will not kill you or clog your arteries up. Fat from margarine, processed/hydrogenated oils, junk food is more likely to do you damage.
- Fill your plate with real food at every meal. Real food is nutritious and nourishes your body. Simply, the body knows what to do with it, can break it down and use all the nutrients from it for whatever processes it needs them for. If you nourish your body with real food, the food cravings subside and you will start to feel a lot healthier as well as finding weight generally comes off a lot easier.
- Stop the snacks and takeaways/ready meals. These are a source of very little nutrition but an awful lot of rubbish! If you need to snack between meals then choose high protein options such as full fat yoghurt, nuts and seeds or some veg sticks. Ask yourself if you’re really hungry or just bored, thirsty or comfort eating. Be careful of snacking frequently on some of the raw bars such as Nak’d and Bounce and also too much fruit due to the sugar. The body can’t discern where the sugar came from only that fruit does have vitamins and minerals which chocolate doesn’t. Ready meals and takeaways are definitely not nutritious at all! Make your own ready meals and freeze them so you always have something healthy to eat.
- Watch the drinks. We forget that aside from water, most drinks either have calories, sugar, caffeine or artificial ingredients in them. These often get forgotten when we’re thinking about what we’ve consumed during the day. So, if you want to lose weight, drink plenty of plain water (no squash), get rid of fizzy drinks altogether and limit the amount of sugar from tea, coffee and alcohol. 2-3 cups of tea or coffee is plenty each day and limiting it may help you sleep better at night too which is important for weight loss. In terms of alcohol, cutting it out for a few weeks won’t do any harm. If you don’t want to cut out then cutting down the frequency and volume you drink may help.
For more information, please register for the webinar here If you can’t join us live, a recording will be emailed to you afterwards.