weighing more than you want to?
Almost every woman has felt a little heavier than she would like to be at some point in her life. You may be struggling with getting that pregnancy weight off, or maybe it's just "the curse of the thirty's or forty's etc. You used to be able to get away with anything, but well...let's just say "things have changed" There are tons of dietary plans, books, magazines, blogs and seminars on weight loss, and it can get pretty overwhelming and confusing.
Dr. Cylla is here to help you with a few tips:
Cut down on carbs e.g. pastries, pasta, rice, potatoes. Carbs should NEVER be more than 1/3 of your meal. You may want to consider replacing a lot of your carbs with cauliflower. You'll be amazed to find out it tastes good! check out more on cauliflower recipes:
2) Decrease your portions. Let's face it. Most of us generally eat more than we need to. Simply because it's there. If you must, change the size of your plate (and don't heap up :)) Decide how much you're going to eat, and stick to that. Don't hurry for seconds. It takes the brain a while to recognize that the belly is full.
3) Don't underestimate those unplanned calories. What do I mean? For example, you were not planning to have those donuts today, but you got to work and someone had brought in 2 dozen donuts and hot coffee...
4) Have your biggest meal before 6 p.m. if possible. I know sometimes it's just not feasible, but as much as you can, you want to give yourself a good 3 hours between dinner and bedtime.
5) Exercise between dinner and bedtime. It doesn't have to be "hard core". The worst thing you can do is have a big meal, sit and watch TV for 3 hours and go to bed. If you're going to do that, exercise with every commercial- whatever you want, jumping jacks, sit ups, squats, small weights, walk back and forth in your living room. We often underestimate these little things, but it can make the difference between a size x and a size x + 2 , or more seriously, having a weight related health problem or being in good health.
6) If you can, start your biggest meal with salad. It's amazing how much less you eat after you've had a salad. (Watch the dressing!)
7) Walk every day. Try to get an hour in. It can be at a stretch or divided up, but your goal is to get that hour in, and whenever possible, take the stairs.
8) Check your pantry and your fridge. There are some things you need to discard. Chances are that you will not get up, put your coat on, get your car keys and drive to the store to get that double chocolate cookie at 9 p.m. if you don't have it at home. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat yogurt, low fat string cheese,
9)Starvation is BAD! Eat small frequent meals. This will keep your metabolism high. Otherwise, your brain thinks there is a shortage of food in the world and goes into storage mode.
10) Drink plenty of water. At least 8 eight ounce glasses a day
Allow yourself to be human. It’s OK if on a day or week, you just seem to be binging on all the wrong foods. It's OK, hit the reset button and start over!
If you're doing everything you can and just cannot seem to lose weight, talk to your doctor. There may be an underlying health issue such as a low functioning thyroid or the effect of certain medications you may be taking, etc.
Also, if you are taking certain diabetes or blood pressure medications, talk to your doctor. Some of these tips may not be right for you.
Let me know your thoughts and questions.