Before you start on yet another diet plan, try some of these tips to help you feel trim without slimming
If dieting’s never really got you anywhere in the past but you’re still not happy with your body shape read these tips from style expert, Mimi Spencer’s new book, 101 things to do before you diet.
They include little tricks to try right now which could help get you slim and feel better about yourself without all the hard work – sounds good to us!
There’s no point in eating lower calorie foods but then piling more onto your plate to make you feel better. You need to ensure you’re getting the right amount of the key food groups, starch, protein, fruit and vegetables.
Your plate should include a cup or half a cup of starch, fruit and vegetables and a portion of protein that is as thick as a deck of cards.
This handy Meal Measure tool will fit neatly onto your plate and make sure you get a healthy, balanced meal of the right size, everytime.
Square shoulders? Try a wrap and a plunge neck to make the most of your cleavage. It’s how Helen Mirren gets by.
Flabby tum? Choose clothes where the waistband is low, or sits just under your boobs for best effect.
Follow these tips to fix your problem areas:
Big hips? Choose clingy clothes, showing off your bust and waist to give you that gorgeous hourglass shape. Remember – curvy is good!
Big bum? Choose clothes that are an inch or two wider at the shoulder and the hem to make your waist look smaller.
Japan has the lowest obesity levels of any developed country and this is largely down to diet.
Try eating more fish and less meat to copy the Japanese way. Eat vegetables raw where you can to keep more of their goodness and you could even try using chopsticks to slow down a feeding frenzy!
Research has found that most overweight people have completely lost the hunger sensation and eating has just become a response to emotion.
Try once a day to put off eating until you feel hungry – not starving, just definitely more than peckish. Once you’ve got used to the feeling again, it should be easier to resist constant snacking.
‘I’ve got a sweet tooth’ ‘I’ve got a slow metabolism’ ‘I’m big boned!’ – Any of these sound familiar? We often make excuses for our bad eating habits, but next time you go to justify that slice of cake or chocolate bar think, ‘I’m having this because I want it and that’s the only reason’. It should make it that bit easier for you to decide against it.
Don’t go into a cake shop and hope for the best – it won’t work! If you always get something for yourself when you take the kids to the sweet shop, take just enough money to get their treats.
Few of us are really strong-willed enough to resist our favourite naughty treats, the skinny ones just avoid them at all costs!
Hewlett Packard did a survey which revealed that two thirds of us are ‘deeply embarrassed’ by our snaps. Seeing a bad photo of yourself can make you feel miserable but you’ve probably just been caught at a bad angle.
When having your photo taken try to keep your arms slightly away from your body, focus just above the camera, keep your tongue resting just behind your teeth and smile. Sounds complicated but it will pay off.
If you love a takeaway, don’t give it up altogether – just make the right choices. Here are some to really avoid!
Doner Kebab – 139.3g of fat – 199% of GDA
Mixed biryani – 100.6g of fat – 144% of GDA
Chicken Koma – 95.4g of fat – 136% of GDA
Cornish Pasty & chips – 74.6g of fat – 107% of GDA
Did you know that planning your diet before starting can help you keep the weight off for good? An American study has found that women who had a ‘diet practice run’ of eight weeks where they could try different low-calorie snacks, and learn how to stick to a healthy diet without feeling bad if they messed up, helped them stay slimmer afterwards. Sounds good to us!
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