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Weight Loss

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Tips to lose and maintain weight loss

New hot body now! That’s what we all want… But to get it and keep it only happens when we improve our lifestyle. Quick fixes, no matter how seemingly revolutionary, just don’t work. They get the fat off initially, but then the fat comes back…with friends!

The key to sizing down is not starvation but rather eating healthily and (wait for that curse word) exercise. Here are the 7 simple guidelines to help you:

1.       Eat breakfast – This kick-starts the metabolism and gives you the energy to get through the day. People who skip breakfast tend to develop slower metabolisms and an active metabolism is what you need to loose wait! Ideally, you should have your breakfast within two hours of waking up, any later and it is as good as having skipped breakfast.

2.       Colour your plate like a rainbow – This is best done with some fruit and vegetables. Remember, the best rainbow is bright and fatty sauces will only dull your rainbow. Try to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

3.       You are what you eat – Read food labels so you know what you are putting into your body. Opt for foods low in saturated and triglyceride fats, because let’s face it – fats keep you fat. Also look for food low in sodium (salt) – your arteries will love you!

4.       Plenty of water a day flushes the fat away – When craving a snack it is probably just your body telling you that it needs some water. A glass of water first thing in the morning also gives your metabolism a boost!

5.       Try to be dry – Try and steer clear of alcohol, but if all else fails the general rule is a maximum of 2 drinks a day with a maximum of six a week for men and 1 drink a day with a maximum of 4 a week for women. This is not a savings plan – so no saving your daily drinks only to catch-up all of them on Saturday with interest!

6.       Taunting buffet – I know everything on a buffet winks at you daring you to indulge, but it is best to stick to your three favourites and stock up on salad for the rest.

7.       Work it – Cardio exercise for at least 30 min or more a day is vital. Also, strength training 2-3 times per week boosts energy levels, keeps that body tight and burns the fat away.

Stick to these basics, because unlike quick fixes they still haven’t been debunked.

Sources : Tanya Alberts (Dietician )