As we slowly but surely head towards the winter here in Botswana, I worry about piling on the pounds because like most people, I tend to eat more in colder weather. What’s more, I always seem lazier and less inclined to do anything remotely resembling exercise. This inevitably means every winter I put on a little extra weight I’d rather not carry around. As I get older, I’ve also realized that every year it gets harder and harder to get rid of the excess weight. I now realize that I need to find a sustainable solution to this pesky problem. Forget diets, because I love my food and the minute I’m told I can’t have something, I start to crave it and lose interest. I have always preferred the idea of changing my lifestyle to fight the flab over diets anyway.
So with that being said, I have put together some tips to help any of those who may need it. The beauty of going down this route is that you can eat as much of the fruit and veg as you like, which will provide your body with essential nutrients without the added pain of calories. This is not a weight-loss diet, it’s a lifestyle change towards a healthier, more balanced diet.
Avoid processed food and opt instead for fresh, homemade food. Doing this will help your liver to detox and rid your body of toxins.
Avoid coffee, drinks containing caffeine and fizzy drinks. Go instead for herbal tea like Green tea and Redbush tea.
Up your water intake and aim for 2 litres a day at the very least. This will keep you hydrated but also stave off hunger pangs. Jazz up your water with a few slices of cucumber and a few drops of liver-boosting lemon juice.
Avoid eating while watching TV as it will lead to unconscious eating, as you won’t be able to keep track of how much you’re eating!
Do away with salt to reduce water retention, which also contributes to bloating. Have fun playing around with seasoning and different types of herbs, instead. Your food will contain less calories and taste a lot more flavoursome, too.
Start each day with a glass of warm water with a dash of lemon juice for hydration as well as to cleanse your liver.
Avoid rich, calorie leaden salad dressings and instead mix a little balsamic vinegar with some olive oil and a pinch of seasoning. It’s not only delicious but also very low in calories.
Avoid snacking on treats such as chocolate, sweets and biscuits and treat them as just that; TREATS to be had once in a while. Swap them for dried fruit and nuts, raw vegetables and fruit. Dried fruit and nuts are also best kept to a minimum; a small handful is really all you need to plug that hole.
NEVER starve yourself! This will only lead to binge eating later on, and will therefore undo all your hard work. Get in the habit of eating little and often instead.
Changing small things like the above tips really doesn’t require much effort, and if kept up, can yield some amazing results! On top of that, you are more likely to stick to these rules than if you were on a strict diet, where a lot of foods are usually banned for some reason or other. Follow these tips and throw in a bit of exercise maybe 2-3 times a week and you’ll get amazing results.