There are many drastic lifestyle changes that we can try to implement in to our lives, but trying to make huge changes can often mean that it becomes a fad and we lose interest very quickly. Start small, introduce easy changes that can fit in to your everyday routine and build on them gradually.
Portion control is a key factor when losing weight. Using smaller plates and bowls will enable your plate to look full, you’ll have a smaller portion and still feel satisfied. Along with reduced portions of food, aim for two portions of veg on your plate. This helps to cover your plate with low-calorie filling food, leaving less room for higher-calorie ingredients.
Eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you’re full. When you eat fast, it’s easy to overeat. Try switching off the the TV, eating in front of the TV can mean you eat more without noticing or enjoying your food.
Try to be more physically active, just adding more movement into your day can make big changes. Exercise doesn’t need to be high impact Zumba or running 10K, low impact exercise is just as successful
Walking is a stress-free way to get moving. If taking a leisurely stroll is too easy, there are plenty of ways to add intensity: Hit the hills or add weights (try dumbbells or ankle weights) to really get that heart rate up.
Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. You don’t have to walk for hours, a brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits.
There are lots of ways to keep motivated – listen to music, download an app to track your progress or join a walking group.
Swimming is a great low impact exercise with lots of benefits, it keeps your heart rate up, builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular.
Regular swimming is also beneficial for general wellbeing, it can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your sleep patterns. Its a fantastic way to stay fit and maintain a positive mental outlook.
Do it with friends, and it’s even more fun!
Start small – think big – change your lifestyle