If you are looking at losing your weight, and finding it difficult, here are some simple tips that are easy to remember and keep if you are seriously looking at losing those pounds!
1) HAVE ENOUGH SLEEP
Yes, even the French ladies have as much as 9 hours of sleep each night. Having enough sleep not only ensures that we keep our sanity throughout the day, (which is very true for me!) but it also assists our body
- to digest the food and removing waste from our bodies efficiently
- maintain level of growth hormones needed to metabolize carbohydrates (which is to burn those carbs that we partake efficiently)
Breakfast- Keep it simple, with a simple toast, bacon, and cup of hot drink. The morning time is not meant to be gorging on food, though theoretically it may be so.
Lunch- Have 1/3 portion of rice, and adequate portions of vegetables, meat and fruit.
Dinner- It's not time to gorge down a huge meal just because it DINNER time. Keep it simple, but enough to last you throughout the night till the next morning. A 1/4 portion of rice should be just right, and add more portions of vegetables, less portions of meat and more fruit, if you really need something to fill that tummy of yours.
For people who may have trouble digesting carbohydrates, or getting advanced in age (like me) with that lack of exercise, I have found that cutting down on wheat based meals, portions of rice, pasta, and noodles does indeed helps. Potatoes are really a huge source of carbs, and do cut down on those visits to fast food chains like Mackers, KFC and Hungry Jacks. It's not cheap either.
3) DRINK MORE WATER
This cannot be emphasized enough. The experts say drink eight litres of water per day.
But practically speaking, how many of us have actually done that?
Drinking from among my many Hello Kitty tumblers. Cute?
Instead, a more practical solution is to bring an attractive tumbler (Hello Kitty in my case) and leave it on your work desk in the office. Not only does it remind you to drink the water at all times, it does look attractive (and cute) on the desk, some people do admire and look at it. ^^
My phone rings at 11 am each workday- hence promptly reminding every of the staff members that it is time to partake of that life giving liquid- if not the entire day, at least once in the morning.
4) KEEP MOVING
Do you sit on your chair all day?
If you do, you (and I) will be one of those who suffer from what is called "office-mid-rift-obese-to-be" culture followers.
Sitting at our chairs all day in front of a desktop, or for paperwork, the modern office workers barely make enough movement to burn half a calorie apart from those rare movements when our stomachs start making noise when the clock hits 1pm, and we make the getaway out of office heading out to that lunch place.
No gym equipment? Don't worry- walk those steps!
Use those feet of yours! Take another cue from the French ladies, take EXTRA effort to park your car further away so that you will walk a bit further to your car. Use the stairs when possible, and cut down on the elevator, unless you truly are rushed for time (like paying for your parking and you have only 5 minutes till it reaches the next hour cycle!)
5) EXERCISE AN HOUR EACH DAY
Okay, perhaps I am exaggerating here. Most of us are not even able to find that much of time each day. Do some simple exercises, i.e. with that dumbbells you bought on a shopping impulse for 10 minutes each day, do a little jog around the house for 5 rounds, walk your dog out for 20 minutes- something to make your body exert strength.