8 Simple Strategies To Stay Slim Forever
So, what is the secret to staying slim? It’s the question that fuels the sales of myriad fad diet books, exhausting exercise videos and whizzy smartphone apps. But the truth is being able to lose weight and keeping it off isn’t about adopting the latest quick fix.
Instead, follow these eight smart but simple stay-slim strategies and you need never eat cabbage soup again.
1. Strategy #1: Balance your blood sugar
Why? If you can keep your blood sugar stable, your weight will be stable, too. This is because blood sugar that goes up and down like a roller coaster promotes fat storage. Stable blood sugar helps you burn fat and reduces sugar cravings.
How? To balance blood sugar, adopt a low-GI diet, which means eating foods that release sugar into the blood slowly. Swap white bread, pasta and rice for wholegrain varieties. Eat more vegetables and beans, and go easy on the sweet fruit and fruit juices.
How? Divide your dinner plate into quarters. One quarter should be lean protein and half should be veggies or salad, with just a quarter for starches.
2. Strategy #5: Eat a third of your food raw
Why? Eating more raw food not only increases your intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it will also keep the calorie count down. A big bowl of salad may only contain 100 calories (without dressing), less than an average chocolate biscuit.
How? Eat three balanced meals and two protein/carb snacks a day (e.g. celery and cottage cheese or an apple and a yoghurt) to keep your weight under control.
1. Strategy #8: Be consistent
Why? This is the most important rule of all. However fantastic your diet or exercise regime, if it only lasts a couple of weeks because it’s too stringent to stick to, you won’t keep the weight off.
How? Adopt an 80/20 approach, aiming to stick to your goals 80 per cent of the time, with 20 per cent for ‘cheating’. Over the long haul, you can have cheats and a few ‘off days’, but your weight will stay where you want it to be.