Weight loss is tough and maintaining the healthy state of being is tougher. Contrary to what people believe, both weight loss and maintenance require a different treatment. Weight loss is about losing the kilos and staying fit is about keeping the kilos away. At La Belle, we offer many solutions for weight loss and also help our clients maintain their weight. We do this by regular counselling and providing diet control guidelines.
Remember, keeping kilos away requires a change in your habits and lifestyle.
“To get what you want, you need to do what you haven’t.”
1.80-20 rule: During a weight loss regime, you have to stay away from carbs and calories. Once you have achieved your goal, you can indulge in your favourite foods. Cakes, chocolates, crackers and more can now be consumed with less guilt and more pleasure. The key to maintaining your weight is to ensure 80% of your intake is whole foods and fruits and 20% is all the junk you wish to eat. Follow this rule of thumb to eat and stay healthy. While you indulge in desserts ensure your main course is grains and veggies.
2.Exercise: If there is only one thing you want to do to maintain your weight loss, then put on your workout gear. No matter what or how much you eat, exercising for about 30 minutes to an hour every day can help you burn those calories and sweat out the stress. Yoga, zumba, cycling, running, aerobics are some of the fun workout options you can sign up for and take your friends along.
3.Measure and Track: Hold yourself accountable for the additional kilos you put on at the end of every week. Measuring your performance and tracking your weight on a weekly basis will help you plan your activities and diet better. Be honest as you are doing this for your own self. There are a lot of apps for android and ios users that can help you do the same.
4.Eat small and eat often: A secret that physically fit people will not tell you is that they eat the same stuff in smaller quantities and eat it often. Depriving your body of food for over 3 hours can create extreme stress levels in your body which result in weight gain in the abdomen area. Ensure you eat smaller quantities of food and spread them out throughout the day for better metabolism.
5.Close the kitchen after dinner: It is easy to sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack or open the fridge to find something to munch on. We understand that resisting this temptation is difficult and have the perfect solution for you. Have a strict rule to close your kitchen after dinner. If possible, lock the door and give the keys to your neighbour!
6.No Red Zone food: Grocery shopping and trips to the supermarket are sometimes excuses to buy junk food. The easiest way to end this temptation of eating junk is by not bringing it in the house. Don’t buy or allow any food that belongs to the red zone. The list is long – chips, biscuits, wafers, chocolates, cakes and more. If you receive them as gifts be prepared to share them with others.
7.Get Picky:A lifestyle change requires you to change your daily decisions. Where you eat on weekends and what you order in has a lasting affect on your health and diet. It is time to get picky about the places you eat at and the food you order in. Look for places that serve seafood, steamed food instead of fried and serve dishes that have a lot of veggies.