Food Hacks: How To Get Thin Without Joining The Gym
Summer is finally here! And we all know what that means: Shorts, crop-tops, pool parties and plenty of showing off your skin.
Chances are you’ll be confronted with one scantily clad hottie after another and you might find yourself staring at your own flabby belly remembering every single second serving of dessert you’ve had all year.
What you need is a nice ego boost and the best way to do that is by shedding some of that excess flab. But obviously you don’t want to join a gym. Sharing your sweaty, red, pudgy self with all those fitties? Not to mention the fact you actually have to pay for this excruciating ordeal.
Thanks, but no thanks – that is not what summer is all about.
Let’s face it, gym is basically the ninth circle of hell and you are not going to spend your free time there. But not to worry, as any gym buff or fitness expert can tell you: feeling and looking good all starts with what you put in your body.
Exercise is all well and good but if you’re not going to pay attention to your nutritional needs you will never get that six-pack to come out of hiding. When it comes to achieving the prefect beach bod, the real question may not be how to get thin but how to get healthy. So let us walk you through some tips and tricks to get you on your way to looking and feeling fabulous:
So let’s start with the basics. Weight-loss starts with a simple bit of maths: calorie input < calorie output. If you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight. It’s as simple as that.
Of course we all know that eating less is easier said than done but an easy trick to help you is to stop chomping down on everything in site and actually coming up for air every once in a while.
It takes some time for your brain to register that your stomach is full so by eating slowly you can reduce the chance of overeating. Really focus on your meal, cut everything in tiny bits and take the time to chew. If you are really savoring your meals you will soon discover that 75 grams of pasta is actually an adequate serving size.
Ignore for a moment the fact that your brain is some kind of supercomputer and remember all those times it couldn’t figure out if you were looking at a picture of a bunny or a duck. Your brain isn’t perfect and you can easily trick it into thinking you are gobbling down feasts.
Serve your meals on your smallest plate; the visual of a dish heaped with food will make your brain believe you are having a huge meal, simple right? (Frankly, when you put it like that, it’s hard to believe your brain is in charge of keeping you alive)!
Having one small chocolate bar after breakfast can’t hurt right? And this tiny bag of crisps is just a quick snack to keep you going. And the pork belly slices you’re having for dinner are really small so it’s okay to eat two right? Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.
A big problem most people have is thinking that all the little nibbles won’t matter and forgetting that they all add up. Yes, one bag of crisps is small, but swallowing three bags whole kind of negates that fact.
Try keeping a food diary, this will help you keep track of all the food you eat in a day. Not only will it help you spot your weak moments but it will also prevent you from snacking too much. Because who really wants to write down that they’ve had a family pack of Snickers for dinner?
The importance of staying hydrated cannot be stressed enough. When it comes to staying hydrated and losing weight water is your best friend. Take those fruits juices and fizzy drinks and pour them down the drain. Drinking water will help flush out toxins (which will do wonders for your skin), tone your muscles and keep you from retaining water weight and looking bloated.
Not to mention that drinking a glass of water before a meal is another way to help you feel fuller and battle binge eating. People often mistake thirst for hunger, so drink a big cup of water next time you feel like a snack and see how you feel after ten minutes. If you don’t like drinking water try adding different kinds of fruits to make it more flavourful.
It hurts to hear and it hurts to say but what it all boils down to what you put in your body and if weight-loss is what your after, it probably shouldn’t be that triple bacon cheeseburger washed down with a litre of diet coke. But passing on the cookies and the crisps doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy delicious foods.
Healthy and tasty are not mutually exclusive. Far from it, really.
Try swapping your fatty foods for super-foods that are packed with vitamins, fiber, and protein. Steer away from processed foods and head straight to the fresh produce aisle because you cannot go wrong with fruits and veggies. Eating an apple can satisfy you in between a meal and asparagus will help digestion. There’s basically no end to the amount of good that fruits and veggies will do for you so if you must binge, binge on them!
Eating and drinking the right products will also help you boost your metabolism. Have lean meats or fish for dinner and use low-fat yogurts in your smoothies. Spice up your meals with chili peppers, mustard, or garlic. Switch to drinking green tea and put a teaspoon of cinnamon on your oats. Once your metabolism gets going the pounds will too.
If eating healthy doesn’t sound overly appealing to you then we have one final wise thought for you: eat what you’ve always eaten and you’ll probably weight what you’ve always weighed.
Getting your nutrition in order is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Eating the right kind of foods will not only help you lose weight but it will also leave you feeling energised. You’ll be looking good and feeling good this summer.
There’ll be no reason those hotties with the hipbones should phase you.