If you are trying to lose weight gained during the holidays or to fit back into your bathing suit for the summer, or simply to lead a healthier lifestyle, you know it is a task that needs time and patience. We are all guilty of trying all sorts of diets and fitness tips to lose those extra pounds. While some have been successful in meeting their goals adopting extreme measures, others have struggled and struggled to a point that have made them give up hope. The truth is that losing weight is easy, but only if done in the right manner. So here are my top 10 secrets to help you achieve your target weight this year, and not just that, these daily practices would also help you lead a healthier life.
Set up your alarm 20 minutes early and schedule your workout first thing in the morning. Studies suggest that people who exercise in the morning are relatively slimmer and healthier than the ones who exercise later in the day. Carry the feel good hormones and energy throughout the day by doing your exercise in the morning.
When I consult clients I have realised that their main meals are well managed, however, snack is an area where most of them end up going for unnecessary foods and jeopardise their weight loss. It’s a great idea to pack your own snack at work or on the go. Make small packs of nuts and seeds, fruits, plain yogurt, chaach, sprouts, dark chocolate, chilla, cubes of paneer or cheese.
4. Eat An Apple
This one is my favorite, and I tell most of my clients “eat an apple or visualise it. If you are not hungry enough to eat one full apple, you are not hungry, just bored!”. Engage in fun activities or hobbies like singing, reading or whatever you fancy. Thinking about food all the time can be extremely taxing for your weight loss efforts.
For the next 10 days try to eat maximum meals at home. This gives you complete control over ingredients like sugar, fat, oil and salt that goes into your food. You will be surprised how fast you will lose all that extra flab by just doing this.
Go for a swim and up your fluid intake, drink loads of water and green vegetable juices. Every season offers us an abundance of water-rich fruits; in summers you have fruits like melons, in the winter months go for amla-water or warm nimbu-paani. Go for the incredible summer fruits and vegetables that are 96% water. In fact a study showed how 14 men and women increased their metabolic rate by 30% by just increasing their water intake on a daily basis.
We all know this, but now put it in practice. You will be surprised how your portions will reduce and your food will be absorbed better. Eat in a state of complete relaxation for optimum absorption and digestion.
Increase your protein intake as it helps burn fat, and build muscle. Eat cheese, eggs, sprouts, lentils chicken, fish or meat. Also, protein keeps you full as your body takes time to digest protein, hence you are satiated.
It is impossible to resist temptation if it is sitting on your kitchen shelf. Don’t get evil foods, don’t eat evil food. No one in your family needs processed, unhealthy, packaged food. The only way to work around it is to not buy them.
Imagine yourself at your dream weight. Visualise wearing an outfit you have dreamt of, and see yourself slim. Everything in existence has begun with the right thought. Positively reinforce and tell yourself “I will achieve xyz weight in 10 days, don’t doubt your thought. Give it the right energy, and see yourself happy and leaner not just in thought but in reality.