Think exercise is the only way to drop the pounds? Let us present 10 more ways to stay slim, but these help you do it without breaking a sweat!
1. NO SUPPER
Time to bid goodbye to nasi lemak or roti canai after 8pm. Having a supper may sound like just another meal of the day, but it’s extremely detrimental. And trust us, this is the one habit that you will be thankful to rid when you step on the weighing scale after a week. But if you’re still craving for late night snacks at night, go for low calories foods like broccoli or kiwi, but your best bet to combat this problem is just to sleep the hunger away.
2. DRINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE EVERY MORNING
Grapefruit aids in digestion due to its high water and fibre content, so a glass every morning before your breakfast helps in clearing your system and flushing out the toxins that are stored in your body. If you want to have a better result then you should eat the fruit instead of juicing it to retain its nutrients.
3. SAY YES TO BREAKFAST
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of eating breakfast, but did you know that skipping your breakfast will cause you gain weight? By skipping breakfast – the most important meal of the day – you body will condition your mind to eat more than you should for the rest of the day. So start your morning routine by making yourself a balanced breakfast. Remember this rule: Feast like a king for breakfast, dine like a prince for lunch, and eat like a pauper for dinner.
4. NO CARBS AFTER 7PM
As a fellow Malaysian, I know how hard this is going to sound. As much as we love our bowl of rice, noodles or even breads, you should not touch them during and after dinner. The reason is that since you will be going to sleep soon, your metabolism will slow down and those carbohydrates will have a greater chance at being stored as fat compared to if they were consumed earlier in the day, where they would have a greater probability of being burned. So discipline yourself from today onward and say no to carbs after 7pm.
5. SAY GOODBYE TO FAST FOOD AND PROCESSED FOOD
Just like what you’ve told your kids, fast food and processed food are doing no good to you. The truth is, processed food and fast food contain a lot of preservatives, and those are hidden chemicals that you don’t see when eating until they appear on your hips. If you want to keep your body in shape, cut them off your diet plan completely. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.
6. DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH THE SWEETS
They are empty calories, and they do nothing but settle on your tummy, thighs and hips. While it is tough for us to stop indulging, especially when there’s so many great desserts out there, cut down on your sugar intake instead. Make it one cheat day per week and even then, go only for a slice of cake or a scoop or ice-cream. But that’s it, no more than that.
7. EAT TOMATOES
The benefits of tomatoes are infinite, but for one, tomatoes aid in slimming down. It is a nutrient-dense super food, and is popular known for ridding cellulite. Tomatoes boast high level of lycopene, which is a key ingredient to help strengthen the skin and preventing the breaking of collagen. With collagen, the skin’s resilience is boosted and stops the fat cells and discourages cellulite from forming.
8. DRINK WATER REGULARLY
9. TAKE YOUR TIME AND EAT SLOWLY
Eating slowly and chewing your food properly helps in controlling your food intake. If you gush down your food, you tend to eat more than what you should before you even realize it. On the flip side, if you take your time to eat, you feel fuller faster, hence reducing your overall intake. Having smaller bites also makes you feel less hungry after the meal.
10. HAVE ENOUGH SLEEP EVERY NIGHT
The lesser you sleep, the more likely you are to gain weight. When our body does not have sufficient rest, our metabolism is affected. Being sleep-deprived also means a compromise on your energy level. When at work, we drink coffee to stay awake; we grab sweet snacks in between meals to give us an energy boost. The ideal is to have at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
Source: Lady Iron Chef