Weight Loss ideas to implement right now!

January 31, 2012 BY: LISA

Who says watching day time television isn’t useful sometimes! I was watching Dr Oz by chance today and they had 5 points that
would help people lose weight. Each different health professional gave what they believed to be the most important thing for weight loss. It’s a pretty good list and I have expanded on each point. The thing I really liked was that they were encouraging people to aim to lose 10 pounds (~ 5kg= one dress size), this is realistic and can really make a difference to your quality of life.

  1. Decrease soft drink and other calorie containing drinks such as fruit juices, smoothies, alcoholic drinks, thick shakes and milk coffee’s. It is a big mistake to assume that a drink does not contain calories, often the drinks contain more calories than
    the food you are eating with them; a thick shake is more calories than regular fries. The drinks count…water is best.
  2. Don’t eat after 8.00pm or 3 hours before you go to bed. One of the biggest and worst habits of clients that come to see me for weight loss is eating after dinner. Often people associate eating with watching TV or relaxing however this is a sure fire way of taking in extra calories when you are not really hungry. If you have had a satisfactory evening meal the chances that you are hungry 1-2 hours after dinner are low. Rethink your reasons for eating at this time- it’s more likely to be boredom or habit than hunger.
  3. Move at every opportunity. Studies show that sedentary time is a bigger problem that not being active. That means that the amount of time we spend just sitting around has to be changed. Instead of sending an intra-office email, get up and talk to the person. Stand up when you are talking on the phone and look for opportunities to exercise – park the car further away, use the stairs etc. Fitness is a better indicator of long life than weight, so being fit is an important investment in your future.
  4. Don’t eat snacks bigger than the size of your fist. Portion size of snacks is as important as what type of snack you are choosing. As mentioned above, if you are having a calorie containing drink that is your snack.

Healthy snack choices include:

  • Fruit
  • Yoghurt
  • Veggie sticks and hummus dip
  • Wholemeal or wholegrain biscuit with thin spread of margarine and topping
  • Milk drink
  • A handful of dried fruit and nuts
  • Small bag of air popped popcorn

5. Be accountable – don’t let your weight be unknown to you. Be aware of subtle changes and take action. I have often spoken to people who have said that they have avoided looking at themselves in the mirror or shop windows and when they finally saw themselves in a photograph they realised that they were overweight. In order to successfully maintain weight loss you must be aware of subtle changes. If you put on 3kg over your Christmas break you need to know that and take action to get it off again instead of pretending it didn’t happen.


Discussion points from DR Oz in bold.


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