When you're trying to lose weight it can seem like you're forever trying to fit workouts around your everyday life while trying to avoid calorific foods. But, while it might seem tough, it doesn't have to be. Just making a few simple changes to your lifestyle can make all the difference. Here are five of our top tips to help you lose weight this summer.
- Keep a diary. Log your training and eating habits to help you stay on track. If you notice you're reaching for the same unhealthy snacks every day then it's time to change your routine or clear your cupboards of junk food and replace them with more healthy treats. Additionally, keeping tabs on your exercise habits via a diary can really help to motivate you and track your progress throughout your weight loss journey.
- Change your routine. Whether it's training with a friend to help motivate you or taking a new class at the gym, variety is key to keeping you on track to meet your weight-loss goals. Different things work for different people, so if you're not enjoying your workout then it might just be that you're stuck in a rut, so don't be afraid to mix things up.
- Don't deny yourself. OK, so we're not suggesting you should throw the diet book out of the window and gorge on unhealthy foods, but a little bit of what you're craving once in a while is actually more likely to keep your diet on track, research [published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders] has shown. Perhaps plan to 'cheat' once a week at a special occasion like a party or wedding, or later on in the week so your splurges don't snowball and completely scarper your diet plans.
- Drink plenty of water. It can be easy to confuse thirst with hunger and end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is what you really need. So make sure you're drinking around six to eight glasses of water per day, and more if it's warm or you're exercising.
- Cut down on the booze. Alcohol contains a large number of calories, which can contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess. For example, a small glass of wine contains around 150 calories and a pint of beer roughly 180 calories. It's also worth remembering that the calories in alcohol offer no nutritional benefits, in case you needed another reason to cut down.