At the moment my main goal is to get 'summer ready' and to do this I need to loose a few pounds and tone up!! I'm always googling phrases like 'how to lose weight' or 'healthy foods for fussy eaters', but I've found that blog posts and YouTube videos are what seem to help me most. They help me to keep motivated and I love the fact that the advice is coming from real people trying to achieve similar things as I am. Over the past year I've started to realise that not everything that I read in diet magazines or read online work for me and so have figures out roughly what does work best for me, and so here's a few tips and tricks that work well for me, and may help you to shed those extra pounds.
1. Drink lots of water
I know you've all probably heard this a thousand times already, but drinking water actually benefits your body in so many ways. Water has become my go to drink now, whereas before I would opt for a can of coke. Not only does water flush your body of toxins and clears your skin but if drank before and during meals, can fill you up meaning that you reduce your portion sizes. This works really well for me as I never seem to know when to stop!!
I find that rather than calling it a diet, it works better to say that your eating healthily, so rather than sticking tightly to meal plans I swap the less healthy foods such as fries, deserts, etc. for healthier alternatives. I have just made my own low fat frozen yoghurt as I have a huge sweet tooth and love snacking on ice cream and cakes so, instead I try to make healthier versions.
3. Fill up on fruit and veg
Rather than filling up on things such as meats, pasta, potatoes... try to eat more fruit and veg. I started doing this a few months ago and I find that it really helps me to keep track of what I'm eating and stops me eating too much of the less healthy attributes of my meals. Also, after eating lots of fruit and veg I feel so refreshed and satisfied.
4. Make a note of what you eat
I don't calorie count as per say, but I do make a note of all the things that I eat in a day. This means that if I don't have a particularly good day, I can add it to my list in the 'bad' section. This helps me get motivated and to stay away from those foods the next day.
5. Do More
I have to admit, I'm not big on the whole exercising thing but I have started to do more active things such as walking and have seen that it does help when eating healthier as well. Even doing the housework can help you to shed those last pounds.