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Published January 22nd 2012
Well, as we all know, everybody overeats over Christmas. It's so easy to do. You think just a little bit more Christmas cake won't hurt, just a couple of chocolates can't be so bad, just one more mince pie will be okay and before you know it the scales have started to climb. So you make a plan to start eating healthy, get in shape and lose those extra kilo's but it not always that easy. Here it is, almost the end of January already and the kilos are still creeping on.
Did you make a New Year's Resolution, like so many people, to get healthy and break it already? Are you a yo-yo dieter from way back? We all know it's easier to put weight on than it is to lose weight. What you really need is very strong will power and that can be difficult too. So here are a few helpful hints to get you started.
Start today. Every day you put it off it gets harder, do you ever hear yourself saying' I'll start tomorrow' or 'I'll start on Monday', don't put it off, Start Today.
Do it with a friend. Dieting by yourself is hard so do it with a friend. That way you can keep an eye on each other and encourage each other to keep going.
Eat Healthier. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Cut out the fats and sugars and starches.
Find an eating plan that works for you. Not all diets work for everyone. A diet that works for your friend may be useless for you. So experiment a bit, try different diets or eating plans or make up one of your own until you find one you can stick to.
Don't starve yourself. It's harder to keep going if you feel hungry. Have smaller meals more often. Snack on fruit or vegetables If you really can't resist chocolate then have some, but have just one piece.
Drink Lots of Water. You should drink at least 2 Litres of water every day. Have a glass of water about 15 minutes before your meal and it will help you feel fuller more quickly.
Eat smaller portions. Cut down on your portion size and you cut the calories. You can do this by using a smaller plate because this tricks you into thinking you are eating more.
Keep an eating Diary. Write down what you eat, it's easier to keep track of calories when you write it down.
Find the Healthier Options. When buying food read the labels. Look for low calories, low fat, low sugar, healthier options or low GI foods.
Don't Give Up. This is perhaps the most important one. If you slip up and have a bit too much to eat one day make up for it the next day. Don't think 'Oh well, my diet's ruined now I might as well give up'. Get back on track and keep at it.
Exercise. Start with a little bit of exercise and build up. Join a gym, there are loads out there at the moment and some of them offer free trial periods so give it a go and find one you like. Find an exercise you like, maybe it's swimming or jogging or aerobics – it's easier to exercise if you enjoy what you're doing.
Set Goals and Reward yourself. Set reachable weight loss goals and when you manage to reach them reward yourself with something. It can be a new haircut, new clothes, shoes, jewellery or anything you want but remember it's a reward for your hard work not a present.
If you are feeling hungry ask yourself if you are hungry or just bored. Try to wait a few minutes before you eat anything because cravings only last a few seconds. Have a drink of water because sometimes you are not hungry you are just thirsty. Find something to do to take your mind off food. Brush your teeth as this makes your brain and stomach think there will be no more food coming. Try chewing gum because this tricks your brain and stomach into thinking that you are eating (it's a combination of the chewing motions, flavour and extra saliva).
Of course these tips may not work for everyone. You have to find a plan that works for you and that you can stick to. It might be a combination of many different diets or plans but whatever works for you is always best and it will be easier to stick to.
Most dieting tips are just common sense. If you think about it, eat sensibly and do a little regular exercise you can do it. A healthier lifestyle is not only good for your weight it's good for you in many ways; your heart, blood pressure and cholesterol, and it also makes you feel better within yourself.
If all else fails try this little trick If someone offers you food, look to the right, then look to the left, then look to the right again and continue this little exercise for a couple of seconds.