What is the secret to staying slim? It’s a question that fuels the mind of individuals on a daily basis. Maybe after seeing an ad on TV or the sight of slim women in a magazine has left you feeling guilty about eating that last piece of cake. So what is the secret of the celebs that stay slim all the time? What is the secret of fit healthy people?
You will NOT find the truth within adopting the latest fix. Follow these eight but simple stay slim strategies and you will never need to eat anything that tastes like cardboard again.
STEP 1: BALANCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
If you can keep your blood sugar stable, your weight will be stable too. This is because blood sugar spikes up and down like a roller coaster and promotes fat storage.
So, balance blood sugar by eating foods that release sugar into the blood slowly. Swap white bread, rice and pasta for whole-wheat varieties instead. Eat fruits with natural sugar instead and go easy on the sweet fruit and fruit juices.
STEP 2: EAT A PROTEIN BREAKFAST
An omelette, yogurt and berries or even a chicken sandwich with avocado toast, are all good for lighting the fire to your metabolism.
Breakfast with high protein can burn calories more effectively all day.
STEP 3: SCALE DOWN YOUR STARCHES
Why? No one ever got overweight from eating too much grilled chicken breast. Instead it’s the potato, pasta rice and bread (even brown) that do the damage. Eating too much mashed potato, sticky rice or spaghetti carbonara will make you look exactly how they look-white and lumpy.
So, divide your dinner plate into quarters. One quarter should be lean proteins and half should be veggies or salad, with just a quarter for starches.
STEP 4: EAT GOOD FATS, BUT DON’T GO MAD.
The news about healthy fats are good for you, has become popular now, but the danger is that some people think that they can use extra virgin olive oil like a hose pipe in a car wash.
That oil is made of olives-not magic. It is oil at the end of the day.
So, aim for no more than one teaspoon of olive oil, a fillet of salmon a day and maybe a palmful of nuts and seeds.
STEP 5: EAT A THIRD OF YOUR FOOD RAW
Add a salad to lunch and dinner and eat fruits and nuts between meals.Raw food also takes longer to eat because you need to chew it more, which stimulates the release of the hormone grehlin to help you feel full.
STEP 6: SMART DESSERT
Pastry, sponge, custard and the like are packed with bad fats and sugar. Alternate with pastry made with ground almonds and swap custard for avocado pudding or mango yogurt. (Blend mango and yogurt)
It may not be tiramisu, but if you want to wear your favourite dress…
STEP 7: REDUCE SNACKING
While it’s important to keep yourself fueled throughout the day, treating the fridge as an all-you- can-eat- buffet is a quick route to disaster.
Stop constantly grazing because it will interrupt your digestion and cause bloating.
So, eat three balanced meals and two protein/carb snacks a day (e.g.apple and yogurt or cucumber) to keep your weight under control.
STEP 8: BE CONSISTENT
However fantastic your diet or exercise routine, if it only lasts for a couple of weeks, you won’t keep the weight off. Be stringent with yourself by following the 80/20 rule. Stick to your goals 80 % of the time with 20% for “cheating”. Over the long haul,you can have cheat days, but your weight will stay where you want it to be.
Equipped with these secrets of staying fit and slim all the time,envision your waist goals and make them come true!