Today (well YESTERDAY, now) WAS going well until about half nine, when my flatmate's boyf turned up with a bottle of rose wine and after drinking a glass of that, I ended up on the vodka. But whatever. Tomorrow (or TODAY) is a new day and all that, so figured before I went to bed I would try and discover some decent weight loss tips. I figured if I committed them to print on my OWN blog, I would not only help anyone who reads it (or the ONE person who does – Alice, I'll namecheck you now), but help myself too because I'll have it all in one place. So here goes . . .
DON'T EAT AFTER SEVEN PM
Why? - so you can give your metabolism time to work off any calories you've consumed.
Why this might be difficult for me? - because I find it faaaaarrrr harder to resist after seven pm. I could virtually starve myself all day if I wanted to (I don't, but that's not the point) but it's evening when I start to crave chocolate and crisps.
MAKE SURE YOU EAT BREAKFAST
Why? - it kickstarts your metabolism, and apparently keeps you full for longer.
Why this might be difficult for me? - because I have a lot of trouble finding time to eat breakfast before I leave the flat in the morning due to the fact I walk to work and generally try to start at eight am. In addition, when I DO find time to eat before I leave, I actually end up hungrier sooner. Go figure . . .
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Why? - flushes out your system, curbs your appetite, helps your skin, blah blah blah
Why this might be difficult for me? - drinking at least 2 litres of water a day is quite time consuming. Especially when you're working. Plus, I generally need some caffeine-full fizzy drink to keep me awake. Oh, and not to mention the time you have to waste running to the loo . . .
EATING THE RIGHT SORT OF FOOD
Why? - well, duh. This one is pretty obvious right? Certain foods APPARENTLY have less calories than your body burns to eat them. I'm a little dubious about this, but there ARE things like cherry tomatoes, raspberries and watermelon that have absurdly few calories in them, and sometimes it's hard to believe that eating a whole box of them still has less calories and fat than a chocolate bar you could inhale in approximately five seconds.
Why this might be difficult for me? - no matter how hard I try, inhaling a chocolate bar in five seconds is more appealing than eating fruit pretty much anyday.
For anyone who thinks I'm being negative here, I'm actually not. I'm just pre-empting my own thoughts. I KNOW that these tips make sense, it's just that I can find a personal argument against most of them, and this is going to be my personal hurdle to overcome if I want to lose weight.
Anyway, anytime I come across a useful tip, I will post it.
In fact, I may have a better idea. Leave it with me . . .