Ten ways to lose fat without even trying

Fat loss does not have to be painful. Try these simple tips and see just how easy it can be.

Eat smaller more frequent meals, not only is your metabolism boosted every time you eat something, your body can more efficiently process smaller meals. Instead of having three large meals in a day, try to break them up into five or six smaller meals.

Drink more water, regular water intake helps to flush away waste products in the body. Drink at least six to eight glasses per day. An easy way to do this is to keep a water bottle handy and drink from it frequently. Another reason the body needs water is to flush out toxins.

Become inefficient, instead of making one big trip to the shops in your car make a few trips to the shop to get your groceries on foot instead, by doing this you automatically up your activity levels and burn more calories.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator, any time you can add a little more physical activity do it. This does not mean you need to slog up 20 flights of stairs. Even a flight or two done regularly will add up.

Don’t let yourself get hungry, when you get hungry you will have a much greater tendency to overeat when you do eat. Because your body is starting to go into starvation mode it will be much more likely to hold onto whatever you give it.

Order smaller portions at restaurants, it is tough to order small French fries when supersizing your order is such great value. Take note, however, your real saving will be in the calories that don’t end up on your hips.

Eat more fibre, fibre is very filling. By eating more fibre you will find yourself full sooner. This feeling of fullness will last a long time.

Wait 20 minutes between servings, your brain takes at least 20 minutes to register that you are full. By waiting that long, you will give your brain a chance to realise that you don’t really need any more food.

You can cheat on your diet. One thing I always make my clients promise is that they will cheat on their diet. The only thing I ask they do is to cheat only when they plan to cheat. By planning when you are going to eat the foods you crave, you take back control of your eating habits. This way you no longer give in to your cravings. You reward yourself for sticking to proper nutritional habits. Do this once a week and you will feel far more in control of your eating.

If you follow even a few of these 10 easy tips in the long term, you will certainly notice a difference in your overall weight and health.

This advice has been put together by Susan Mitchell, fitness sports and nutrition consultant


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