This week our advices are grouped around the topic: what to consume and what to avoid. On top of the general dietary disciplines it is equally important to be aware of those itsy-bitsy tricks, techniques, wiles and crafts that you pick up on your way. Why? Because they can make your diet more efficient and make you reach goal – i.e. losing weight – much faster. At the same time it also adds a lot to your success if you stay relaxed, patient and self-confident: just know that you will get there. 🙂
Snacks are big enemies because of two reasons. First of all, they contain a lot of superflous calories – and usually empty calories. Of course they make you feel good, but you will lose weight in a much slower pace – or the process will stop totally. So it’s not worth it. Secondly, if you make your pancreas work all day long, your hormone system and insulin production will go crazy. In order to have a steady, healthy metabolism and well-balanced blood-sugar level, make sure you let your pancreas have some rest. Eat 3, but maximum 5 times a day. Eating snacks at nighttime is especially temptating. You’d better avoid nighttime snacks and sleep instead. If you stay up after all, make sure you drink only water. If you are starving, make sure you pick a low-calorie snack.
Eating protein at meals is useful because of more resons. Firstly, it helps preserve muscle mass and burn fat. Secondly, it gives you the satisfactory amount of energy. Thirdly, it keeps you feeling full for a longer time than carbohydrates or fat. There are a lot of healthy options, like lean meat, fish and other seafood, eggs, a limited portion of nuts, low-fat cheese and other dairy products (limited). If you take a glimpse at how many celebrities stay in shape, you will see that most of the time they eat protein with vegetables.
Weight loss agents might be dangerous, as they are not always coming from a reliable source and they may have side-effects. It may also happen that they throw your metabolism off balance. So it’s better to avoid them. If you have a slow metabolism, you may drink a few cups of green tea per day to speed it up a little bit. However, the best technique is to include as much fiber in your food as possible. Fiber aids digestion, prevents constipation and lowers cholesterol – and can help with weight loss. Good fiber sources include most fruits and vegetables, nuts, wholegrain foods, beans and oatmeal.
Alcohol should be avoided while you are on your diet. Alcohol does not have a good impact on losing weight, as it stops fat burning for some time, makes you dehydrated and it contains empty calories. That means you will not get any quality nutrients, but it hinders you in reaching your goal – so it’s totally superflous. If you cannot resist temptation, make sure you drink only occasionally and in moderation (and be aware that losing weight may stop for a while).
Don’t worry, be happy! 🙂 Keep to the target. Be self-confident and purposeful. Be patient. Hold on to your vision, to your dream. Just simply KNOW that you will reach your objective and you’ll be slim, no matter how long it takes. Be in a state of perfect harmony, just like when you sit on a swing and enjoy the moment. It’s easy to be like that if you can transform your thinking and stop considering the process as a source of suffering. Rather, see your diet as a huge help that make you healthier, make you fit, full of energy and help you get in shape. Just be persistent, keep the rules, take your time and enjoy the ride. 🙂