Be Positive and Shed the Post Christmas Pounds
We all know the Christmas period alone, contributes to the most weight gain thanks to over indulging on: festive food, drink and partying. Add that to New Year resolutions, festive hangovers and a hefty dose of guilt and it all equates to a dismal January for most women.
So what's the solution? It’s a well known fact that if women approach slimming with a positive frame of mind, they are more likely to succeed. Slim.Happy is a new approach to weight loss (from Slim.Fast) that provides 'that' frame of mind to achieve a healthier diet.
Slim.Happy is all about losing the guilt as well as the weight and enjoying life. Why not kiss a picture of your old self goodbye on the 1st January, take a daily dose of mirth and even find a friend who also wants to lose some weight — a problem shared is a problem halved! Make sure you enjoy everyday and give yourself a pat on the back every time you reach a personal goal.
To help you make the start, happyvisor,
For more information visit www.slimfast.co.uk.
Top Tips from the 'Nosh—tritionist' Fiona Hunter
COOKING – THE HEALTHY WAY…
• Choose low fat cooking techniques — poach, braise, steam, roast, grill or stir-fry.
• Invest in a good heavy based non-stick pan and remember that oil expands once it gets hot so, when you’re softening onions or vegetables you don’t need to add as much as you might think.
• Use a vegetable or olive oil non-stick cooking spray, for dishes that require light frying.
• You don’t need fat to add flavour — use plenty of fresh herbs and spices in your cooking. Marinades are a good way of adding extra flavour without fat.
• For dishes like spaghetti Bolognese and chilli, use extra lean mince and add plenty of vegetables to bulk out the meat.
• Use reduced and low fat alternatives such as: reduced fat cheese, skimmed milk, and low fat yoghurts where available.
• To make gravies and sauces creamy, add 0% fat yoghurt or fromage frais rather than cream. Stir in at the end of cooking to prevent curdling.
|HEALTHY SHOPPING HABITS…
• Try to find some time to sit down over the weekend and think about what you’re going to eat over the next week. A little time and energy invested at the start of the week, will pay dividends later in the week when your energy levels and good intentions may be flagging…
• Before you go shopping write a list… and stick to it.
• Have a small healthy snack before you head out to the shops. If you go shopping when you’re hungry you’re more likely to make unwise choices.
• If you know you’re going to be tempted to buy stuff you shouldn’t really eat — write a list and ask someone to do the shopping for you or order online.
|THE GOOD SNACK GUIDE…
• Regular snacks can help keep blood sugar levels stable and help avoid the energy lows that many of us experience mid morning and mid afternoon.
• Don’t fall victim to the snack attack. Plan snacks at regular intervals throughout the day — mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If you allow yourself to get over hungry, you’re more likely to end up grabbing an unhealthy snack or overeating at your next meal.
• Plan ahead and make sure your fridge and cupboards are stocked with plenty of healthy snacks such as Slim.Fast fruit & nut bars, chocolate bars or tasty savoury snacks — all less than 100 calories
• Don’t use snacks as a substitute for proper meals. Plan regular snacks at set times rather than constantly grazing throughout the day.
FOCUS ON FAT…