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10 Common sense diet tips

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With many of us starting out the new year with a post-Christmas diet at the top of our resolutions list, it’s important to take a balanced and common sense approach to losing weight to ensure you stick to your plan and achieve your goals. Here are ten top common sense tips to keep you on track.

Don’t skip meals

As tempting as it may be to think that skipping meals will result in quicker weight loss, in truth, you’re more likely to give in to cravings or overload on your next meal as your blood sugar levels become unbalanced and create that feeling of hunger.

Stay off the scales

Try to resist jumping on the scales every morning and keep your weigh-ins to once a week. You’re highly unlikely to see day to day results and may become demotivated. Losing weight is a steady process and a weekly weigh-in will give you a more accurate picture of your progress.

Slow it down

Take your time eating with the aim of chewing each mouthful 30 times. It may seem excessive, but research has shown that people who are overweight tend to eat their food much quicker, not allowing the enzymes in saliva to break down the food thoroughly. As a result, the digestive process is much slower.

Ditch the large plates

Serving food on a large plate will psychologically encourage you to fill the plate with food; or, if you stick to a smaller portion, you will feel like you haven’t eaten enough! Serve up meals on a smaller plate and trick yourself into feeling fuller.

Don’t keep eating until you’re stuffed!

Research tells us that it takes us up to 20 minutes for our stomachs to tell our brains we’re full. So stop eating before you feel full and wait a while before deciding if you need a little extra.

Opt for high fibre

High fibre foods are packed with complex carbohydrates which release energy slowly and help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Food, such as porridge is a great choice for breakfast and if you go for a cereal, go for a low sugar, high fibre option.

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Drink plenty of water

We can often think we’re hungry when in actual fact we’re just thirsty. As well as needing six to eight glasses of water per day to ensure our bodies are functioning healthily, water also makes us feel fuller. If you’re having a craving or hunger pangs, have a glass of water, wait ten minutes and then decide if you’re still hungry.

Keep the booze at bay

Many of us don’t realise it, but alcoholic drinks are packed with calories! (Beer bellies are called just that for a reason you know!) Sugar laden alcopops, spirits with sugary mixers, wine and lager are full of calories, so cut back and see the difference.

Get on the move

There’s no doubt you will lose weight quicker and become healthier if you incorporate exercise into your diet. Weight is lost when you burn up more calories than the amount you consume, so by exercising regularly, you’re helping to ensure you keep burning off that fat while getting fit at the same time. If you’re planning on losing a large amount of weight or have any medical conditions, always check with your GP first.

Stay away from temptation

If your cupboards are packed with sweets, chocolate and crisps, you’re more likely to give into the temptation which is right at your fingertips. Stock up on healthy snacks such as fruit, seeds and nuts, don’t go to the supermarket when you’re hungry and if you do have to have the odd treat in your home for other family members, keep them stored away out of sight!

If you need a helping hand why not try joining a slimming club? Rosemary Connelly and Weight Watchers are two of the best, with Weight Watchers even launching a brand new plan for the New Year.

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After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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