Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Diet taboos!

I know I know. You've tried all possible solutions to shed those fats off. You've been to the gym almost 6 times a week and you still don't seem to see the results. You're desperate to get those love handles away. You're frustrated because you still can't fit into your favourite jeans. You're this and that.. the list goes on!

Ladies, have you ever thought.. maybe ( just maybe) you're not doing the right way? or maybe you haven't put in enough time and effort? Well, I have been through all those stages and I KNOW HOW HARD AND BAD IT FEELS. And you definitely wouldn't want those 'desperations' to last for the next donkey months or maybe years!

Keep reading and see if any of these relates to your daily diet routine.

1) Hunger or thirst? 

More often than not, when the tummy growls or when you felt the tiny tinge of hunger.. you tend to think that you need FOOD! People sometimes confuse with thirst and hunger. You can end up eating extra calories when an iced-cold glass of water is what you really need.

So if you feel hungry next time, try drinking 500mL of water and see if its really hunger or thirst ;)

But if you haven't been eating for the past 6 hours.. then thats definitely HUNGER!

2) Are you really hungry? 

The author of Am I Hungry? , Michelle May suggested that " Whenever you are hungry, look for physical signs of hunger". For example, when your tummy growls as loud as the lightning strikes. Not when you see the McDonald's billboard and get tempted by the irresistible McValue lunches!

Hunger is way your body tells you that you need fuel to keep the day running. So if craving doesn't come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it.

Everytime you're done eating, you shouldn't feel bloated or tired but instead you should feel better and satisfied.

"Your stomach is only the size of your fist, so it takes just a handful of food to fill it comfortably", says May.

Remember, have your food in the right portions and at the right times! If you do, it will help you get more in touch with your feelings of hunger and fullness.

3) I don't want to overeat! 

Think small. Trade your large plates and silverware for small ones. Brian Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating," says we eat 22% less on a 10-inch than 12-inch plate. Use a tablespoon, not a serving spoon to dish out of portions.

Think about what you put on your plate and make sure you really want it. Serve from the stove instead of the table, so second helpings aren't right in front of you. Eat slowly so your body has the time to tell your brain that "I'M FULL".

4) You don't have to say NO to your favourite food. 

Well, putting your favourite food off limits usually leads to weight gain because it tends to trigger "rebound" overeating.

So, instead of cutting out your favourite food ( I tend to go out of control when it comes to buying MARS chocolate bars), be a slim shopper! Buy a mini chocolate bar instead of a whole bag/ box. Or maybe a small portion of candy from the bulk bins instead of the entire bag! ( I know, temptations is the hardest thing to resist)

So MODERATION is the key! Nobody's gonna stop you from eating your favorite cookies or chocolates :)

And oh well, cookie monster is just jealous ;P


Unfortunately, this is always the case - many of you often use exercising as a form of punishment for eating too much or to "earn" the right to eat more! That's NOT the right way. ( Though I must admit, I do that sometimes)

"When you do, it sets up a negative thought pattern, which is why so many people say they hate to exercise", says Michelle May, author of Am I Hungry? 

Instead, focus more on how great you feel, how much better you sleep and how much more you have when you exercise. Physical activity is good for you whether you are trying to lose weight or not, so keep it positive and build a lifelong habit!

Don't cheat, you're only lying to yourself. At the end of the day, it is YOUR body and your health. Make your time spent at the gym count!

"Its not how long you workout, its how much hardwork and determination you put into it!"

I have made a vow to eat healthy and live healthier. And I can really see the results of a healthy diet and constant exercise routine. I can't wait to work on the abs and be as good looking as Nicole Scherzinger!

Laters! xx

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