New mums and working mums find it quite difficult to lose weight with all the work they have to do throughout the day. There is no need to starve yourself to lose weight. If you don’t have time to join a gym, that’s fine too.
You can still lose weight by just using these simple tips.
1. Protein-rich diet
Consuming a diet rich in protein not only fills your tummy, but also gives you enough energy to run after your little one. When burning and using fat as energy, you need to consume more protein to make up for it because weight loss involves losing fat and muscles. So, consuming protein is key in weight loss, as it helps to maintain your calorie burning lean muscle. You can consume protein in the form of paneer or chicken.
2. Drink tea/coffee
Despite what they all say, tea and coffee is actually good for you. Consuming enough caffeine everyday can increase your metabolism by a significant amount. The key is to drink it in moderation. Drink a cup of tea or coffee twice a day and you will be amazed at the results.
3. Eat unprocessed foods
Instead of consuming processed foods, try to base your diet on whole foods. This will leave you feeling satiated for longer and you won’t crave for pizza later in the day.
4. Exercise the right amount
If you get active for an hour every day, you are bound to lose a lot of weight, but not many of us have that much time on our hands. You can sneak in exercise throughout your day – take the stairs if it’s only two floors, walk to places you need to get to, and change the TV channel manually instead of using the remote.
5. Soluble fibres
Up your fibre intake, as this helps keep you feeling full for longer. Unlike other types of carbohydrates, fibers are not easy to digest and so it passes through your digestive system without causing your blood sugar to rise.
6. Plenty of water
Drink enough water every day to keep your digestive system running smoothly. A glass of water half an hour before your meal will work wonders in reducing the amount of food you end up eating. When you feel hunger pangs during the day, have 3 sips of water and wait for a bit. Chances are you won’t feel hungry anymore.
7. Eat slowly
Take your time to eat food. Before you swallow your food, chew it till it becomes a paste. When you eat food too fast, you end up eating more than what is necessary. So, sit down, put everything else aside and take the time to enjoy your meal.
8. Reduce the size of plates
This is purely psychological – when you serve food on a small plate, you end up taking in less food and will not feel the need to eat as much as you would if you had a big one.
9. Sleep well
Make sure you are getting enough sleep every day. If you don’t let your body rest and recharge itself, it will react by making you eat more to make up for the lack of energy. Ensure you get at least 6-7 hours of sleep everyday. Take short naps during the day if required.
10. Avoid sugary drinks
Try not to consume drinks laden with sugar. This includes carbonated drinks as well as fruit juices that contain added sugar. The best and healthiest thing to drink is water. It can help you lose weight, keep your skin clear and keep your metabolism working fine.
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