Have you felt it yet? The lighter mornings, the tentative freshness in the breeze, the hint of sunshine peeking through the clouds? Yes, the glories of summer may still be quite a way off, but that means that there’s time to work on getting your perfect body before you have to worry about putting your bikini on. Laying the groundwork now means that you won’t be caught unawares when temperatures do start to rise. But if the thought of counting calories already has you switching off, stay with us. There are some simple ways to kickstart your weight loss and peel off a few pounds without wandering around with a calculator and measuring scales all the time. Commit to a few simple steps this spring, and you could be feeling much more body-confident by the time summer rolls around…
Swap Out Your Morning Carbs For Protein
Getting rid of those stubborn unwanted pounds could be as simple as swapping your choice of breakfast. Studies have shown that ditching the toast in favor of a protein-based meal and help you to lose fat – without any calorie count! The science is simple – protein keeps our bodies fuller for longer, unlike the quick hit of carbs, that provide a fast-burning, short-term energy. So, you’re less likely to reach for the biscuit tin mid-morning – and the effects can last up to 36 hours! One of the best choices is eggs. Long given a bad press, it’s now been proven by new studies that eggs don’t raise cholesterol. So some poached eggs or a simple vegetable omelette could make a big difference to your waistline. If you don’t have time for a cooked breakfast? Look into something like the Isagenix diet – a range of nutritionally balanced supplements created to support natural weight loss – including tasty protein shakes for a filling meal on the go.
Super Shrink Your Plates
Never underestimate how much the mind is linked to your ability to lose weight. Get on top of your psychology, and you can get on top of your appetite. But did you know that you can ‘trick’ your brain into thinking you’ve eaten more? Yep, simply using smaller plates and bowls convinces your brain to send signals that you’re full. It may sound crazy, but if you feel satisfied with a smaller portion you are far less likely to overeat. So get shopping for some new (smaller crockery) pronto.
Sleep Your Way to Slim
Think hitting the mattress is no way to lose weight? Guess again! If you’re getting a solid eight hours of quality sleep, you should see the impact on your waistline too. Poor quality sleep is a risk factor in obesity – and if you aren’t getting enough Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which is the deeper, restorative phase of your night’s rest – then your body chemistry alters to make you store fat. It increases your appetite and gives you cravings for sugar, as well as upping production of the hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin – so you’ll struggle to control your food choices. Poor sleep can also up the hormones responsible for stress, such as cortisol – which leads to excess belly fat. So do your diet a favor and address any sleep problems as soon as possible!