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Slimming regimes always top the list of New Year resolutions and 2011 need not be any different. We all envy the slim lady in the short black dress at the New Year party showing off her slender legs and toned figure. The beautiful blonde who lives on pizza and is still slim surprises us and leaves us wondering why we couldn’t be in her shoes. Unfortunately, the hard fact is that it’s easier to change one’s religion than one’s diet. So here’s some good news for all you want-to-be-slim addicts out there. Slimming is no longer the demon which punishes you to keep your hands off all the mouth-watering food stuffs and ask you to go on crazy diets. On the contrary slimming is all about eating and sleeping well. Isn’t that a relief?
Here are a few tips on how to eat, sleep, have fun and still stay slim.
1. Stop crazy dieting
Everyone tends to go on crash diets at one point or another in their lives. It leaves you slim and happy with a few extra pounds lost but it doesn’t stay that way for long. When you crash diet, you train your body to adjust its response to starvation. Your body gets the impression that it’s going to get less food and slows down its rate of metabolism. Once you slim quickly and go back to a normal diet, everything you eat will be dealt with at a much slower rate and more fat is stored. So you have to bear the burden of not only those few pounds you shed earlier but also a fresh set of a few more pounds. Crash dieting also leads to a loss of essential food elements like iron, vitamin B-12, protein and potassium leaving you weak, lethargic and tired.
2. Eat frequently
Eating frequent meals is considered much healthier to eating three fixed times a day. When you eat frequently, you are able to distribute the same amount of calories contained in 3 square meals over six meals and this leaves your stomach feeling fuller and satiated. You won’t be tempted to overeat and hence you are able to stay slim. Plan your snack-pack well in advance. Office employees who have to fill long gaps between their lunch and dinner time should always store a fruit or a multi-grain sandwich. A super veggie salad pack, a bowl of oatmeal, low-fat milk, plain yoghurt, almonds, plain toast, unsweetened juices are other healthy snacking options.
3. Sleep well
Next time you get an extra hour to grab onto your pillows, don’t think twice, just go for it. Yes, several recent researches and studies on slimming and weight loss have shown that adequate sleep can lead to better metabolism and can also help you to control hunger pangs. Lack of sleep can lead to glucose intolerance which in turn makes you feel tired and weak. To compensate for that, your body will trick you into eating more to stay energetic. So with a good night’s sleep you will not only wake up a rejuvenated and active person, but you’d also wake up slimmer.
Slimming always goes hand-in-hand with exercise. You don’t have to make the gym your second home in order to stay slim. Make workout a fun activity so that it becomes a part of your lifestyle. Walk to the grocery, forget the car. Take the steps, forget the elevator. You may also engage in activities like swimming, cycling, trekking depending on what suits you.
5. Stay stress-free
Stress is a natural part of our lives today but we can keep it under control. Relax, take deep breaths and stay calm. Find time for yourself, at least half-an-hour everyday and do stuff you enjoy. Let it be window shopping, catching up with friends or even cooking your favourite dish. A positive frame of mind can work magic in moulding a slimmer and happier you.
Smart slimming tips are thus really cool and easy to follow. It allows you to have that pizza you’ve always wanted minus the meat and extra cheese. You don’t have to abandon your favourite bag of potato chips but just make sure you walk to the store to get them or check what you eat the rest of the day. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, adequate amount of meat, fish and eggs, drink lots of water, exercise regularly and sleep well. You’ll find yourself much slimmer and healthier in no time.
write by Michael Riemann