Over the last six months of Covid times, with all the restrictions, limitations and changes to life, I have to admit that I’ve got into the habit of having too many snacks. Not surprisingly, I’ve put on a little weight and now the time has come to seriously think about losing it. Are any of you in the same position?
To get started, I’ve decided to think about my favourite weight loss tips. This is a slight diversion from the personal power series I’ve been writing about recently. But I think that staying in shape is actually an important part of looking after ourselves, so I’m including this article in the series.
The main goal for weight loss is to eat less than you need each day. But many of us at the moment don’t have the time or energy for detailed calorie counting. I’m hoping that using these tips will help to ease us into some healthy eating habits without feeling that we have to sacrifice anything.
My Healthy Eating Tips
Eat 3 meals a day plus low-calorie snacks – this helps to keep hunger at bay and keeps your metabolism revved up.
Eat small portions. Big portions add a lot of unnecessary calories.
If you have an “un-diet day” then simply resume your healthy eating the next day – never give up.
Drink some water or other calorie-free liquids each day. That could include:
- tea or coffee with a dash of milk and no sugar.
- diet soft drinks
- soda water
- tap water
- clear soups
Don’t drink normal juices or soft drinks because they are full of sugar and unnecessary calories – instead of fruit juice, eat a piece of fruit.
Eat complex carbohydrates – such as wholemeal bread or rolls, whole grain cereal (including porridge or muesli), potatoes and sweet potatoes, wholemeal pasta or noodles.
Aim to eat about five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit each day. You can boil, steam, microwave or dry-bake vegetables, or fry with only a smear of oil.
Have a thin slice of cheese if you like it – but be careful not to eat too much cheese.
Rice crackers and wafers are very low calorie – whereas many crackers are high calorie because they are fried in the manufacturing process. You can see the calorie or kilojoule count on the labels, and compare the difference.
You can try some low-fat or no-fat yoghurt for a snack.
Eat only small serves of lean meat or chicken. Eggs are also great.
Fish is very low calorie so you can eat more of it (but not battered – pan-fry it plain or crumbed)
Avoid high fat foods such as:
- battered foods
- fried food
- mayonnaise and salad dressing (replace with low fat versions)
- creamy sauces
- rich sauces
- butter and margarine
- high fat meats (choose lean meat and lean mince)
- salami, cabanossi etc – pastrami is a much better choice
- high-fat fast foods, meat pies, pizzas and french fries
You don’t need butter or margarine on bread – you’ll find it’s just as enjoyable without that.
- Have toast with just the spread (such as peanut butter or jam)
- Make a sandwich with just the filling – e.g. ham and salad sandwich, but no butter or mayonnaise.
- Bought sandwiches usually have a lot of butter and mayonnaise and are high calorie – ask for a sandwich without those things.
Fry the low-fat way, using spray cooking oil or only a dash of cooking oil.
Tomatoes, onions and mushrooms are extremely low calorie, so they make a great sauce or relish for meat, fish or chicken.
Tomato salsa is almost calorie-free, so it makes an excellent snack especially with fresh vegetables or rice crackers. It can also be used as a sauce.
Wine and beer have plenty of calories, so don’t drink too much alcohol.
Avocado is an excellent food, but it is very high in calories because it has a lot of oil in it. One avocado has 250 calories. For successful weight loss, try to keep avocados to a minimum – perhaps just having a thin smear on a sandwich.
If you’d like to find out more about how I lose weight, you can read my book THE ONE WAY DIET.
THE ONE WAY DIET
The pathway to weight loss
Are you searching for the pathway to weight loss?
THE ONE WAY DIET is a no-nonsense guide to finding the slender person you dream about, with simple advice on how to lose weight by focusing on your goals. THE ONE WAY DIET is not just a healthy eating plan, but is also about coping with every aspect of your weight loss journey.
People often say to me now that I’m lucky because I don’t have to worry about my weight. How wrong they are! Five years ago, I lost more than thirty kilograms after a lifetime of weight problems. Every day since then, I make the lifestyle choice to stay slim.
I call this THE ONE WAY DIET because, when I followed this method, my weight moved in one direction only until I reached my goal weight of sixty kilograms.
I’m giving you the benefit of my personal experience about weight loss, but there are no wild theories in this book. All you will find here is useful information and powerful inspiration.
- Find out why most people gain weight and the most effective way to lose it.
- Discover how to keep yourself motivated and how to cope with the challenges of everyday life.
- Be prepared for each stage of your weight loss journey and learn how to avoid a weight loss plateau.
If your dream is to lose weight, then this book will give you the tools that you need to succeed.
You have nothing to lose but your excess weight, and everything to gain.
Thank you for stopping by. My name is Toni Pike, a multi-genre author who loves writing thrillers for adults, non-fiction, and hilarious books for children.
I’m the author of DESOLATION BLUFF, DEAD DRY HEART and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS. My latest release is for children aged 6-9: BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.
I’m also the author of two non-fiction books. THE ONE WAY DIET is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight and HAPPY TRAVELS 101 is a short book of travel tips.
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