Following on from last week’s part 1 on 5 Ways to Lose Weight with Minimum Diet or exercise. Five more easy to apply ways of losing weight as effortlessly as possible.
6. Get more sleep
It might not be obvious to start with, but getting plenty of sleep will help you lose weight.
When we are short of sleep our bodies produce two hormones both of which make us put on weight. They do this by making us crave sugary foods (ie high carbohydrate foods). Do you ever find yourself eating something you know not to eat? All of a sudden it is in your mouth and gone. Now you know why -maybe you are not getting enough sleep.
A good night’s sleep is essential for good health and maintaining your weight. It also increases your chances of being obese. A minimum of 6 hours is a good minimum to follow.
7 Use Smaller Plates
Yes, I know it sounds odd but research shows that if by using smaller plates you will tend to lose weight. We have all been taught to finish up our food from childhood. It might have been good advice then while we were growing rapidly and doing lots of exercise ubt not so much with our sedentary lives.
When the brain sees a plate of food the urge is to clear it, but it does not discriminate with the size of the plate! By reducing your plate size by a couple of inches you are eating less food. Obviously do not cheat by increasing the high carb foods on the plate and cutting down on the veggies.
Portion size matters, smaller plates mean less calories, less calories means less weight.
8. Don’t Drink Sugary Beverages
I like Ginger tea, 3 or 4 slices of Ginger with Xylitol which has a glycaemic index of 7 whereas sugar is 33.
You could have plain water, mint tea or lemon with sparling water. Nettle tea is another favorite.
Artificial Sweeteners are not a good idea. You cannot con the body into believing that they are sugar, it knows. By consuming artificial sweeteners, it can make you crave sugary things even more. You might have artificial sweeteners in your tea or coffee but ending up eating a sweet Danish instead.
Avoid Fruit Drinks
They are high in sugar – I know that it is fructose and although natural is still sugar. In fact Fructose is 4 times sweeter than sugar. A small glass of Orange juice is 180 calories. If you want to eat fruit eat the real thing, the fiber in it will slow down the absorption of the sugar in the Orange juice.