These are the ones I use and so far, I've been pretty successful with slimming up.
- NEVER go into a food style/snack style store when you are hungry.
- I always brush my teeth as soon as I get a craving for something sweet to eat. I read this somewhere years ago, and only started doing this about two months ago. I discovered that as soon as I brushed my teeth that hankering for chocolate or sweets disappeared.
- Cut out all creams from sauces, and never use store bought creamy sauces, instead use a tablespoon or two of sesame paste in your pasta sauce. It thickens it up, gives it a creamy texture, and sesame seeds are high in manganese and copper not to mention other good things. This works really well if you have recently discovered you are lactose intolerant as missing that creamy texture in sauces is a biggie. And reduces your calorie intake huge time.
- Spurt walking. Walk super quick for a minute with really short steps. Then keep the short steps but walk about half pace. Back and forth. Just not so good if you forget to change it up. Which is my thing. This one boosts your metabolism and burns fat lickedy split. And on the other hand, if you use a treadmill, never use it flat, always have it on an incline you burn the fat faster.
- Never drink cold water. This is a Chinese thing; but I swear by it. Always drink room temperature water or warmer, and while eating, only have a small cup so you do not drink too much too fast. According to the TCM doctors, it aids with digestion and absorption of the good stuff of food, then it helps with passing the food, keeping you feeling fuller longer.
- And my personal favourite? The reward program. If I walk between three and ten kilometres a day, I get to splurge and go to the Shangri-la for the day and use their spa facility. A swim, a sauna, the steam baths, the whirlie pool, if I have stayed within my budget for the week an oil massage from head to toe. Sigh...
- Throw out the scale. I used to get obsessed with numbers that read on it and found it was doing more harm then good. Cause a lot of what I am doing is not weight loss, but toning. And that means I am actually gaining weight as muscles weigh more, and even though I know this it was still something to get all wonky about...the numbers. Instead, just look at your clothes and how you wear them.