Lose weight in 2012 - find an effective fast diet to get rid of that extra weight and look great.
The Fast and Easy way to lose weight
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Try to stick to 3 meals every day with only healthy snacks in between. Most people find eating every 4 hours or so keeps the hunger pangs at bay, and stops you falling prey to temptation. As with most diets it is important to plan ahead and have everything to hand. To lose around a pound a week, you will need to cut about 500 calories a day.
Choose from one of these tasty options to get a good start to your day
Porridge - (1 ounce of porridge oats will make a good portion). Use mainly water with just a splash of milk - porridge is a good source of fibre and an excellent slow-release food. Add vitamins and health improving anti-oxidants with a portion of juicy blueberries, or any other fresh berry of your choice,i.e raspberries, strawberries
Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs beaten (season with freshly ground black pepper and salt) and cook on a gentle heat with a dash of semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, serve on one slice of high fibre wholewheat toast. Try not to butter the bread - you won't notice with the moist eggs on it. Add vitamins with a tomato (raw or grilled). To make it even more tasty add a handful of finely chopped spring onions to the egg mix before cooking. The addition of a little smoked salmon makes this a low calorie feast, full of Omega 3 fatty acids and plenty of protein to stop hunger pangs.
Yoghurt and fruit - choose a light low-fat yoghurt and mix with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or slices of fresh peach or nectarine. A few slices of banana are nice, but be wary about eating too many bananas as they have a higher calorie content. A pinch of toasted seeds or nuts givesthe yoghurt mix an extra bite.
Kipper or smoked haddock - grill or steam, and serve
with a slice of fresh brown wholewheat bread.
High sugar breakfast cereals - they'll taste good but leave you feeling hungry in a short while, and the risk is that you'll find yourself reaching for more high calorie snacks to match the sugar high.
Large portions - measure your cereal carefully to avoid too many carbs.
Refined sugar and syrups - use a sprinkle of natural brown sugar or tsp of honey if you can't eat cereal without sweetening.
Refined white bread - it won't satisfy like wholewheat bread will.
Jacket potato - keep away from adding butter or cheese and instead choose baked beans, toasted seeds, cottage cheese, cooked prawns, roasted peppers or fresh herbs. This lunch is full of fibre and vitamins - King Edward potatoes are crisp outside and fluffy inside when baked and a good choice.
Vegetable soup - avoid creamy soups and opt for tomato based soups. Home-made tastes best - make a big batch and freeze individual portions. Add rice noodles to feel more satisfied.
Big leafy salad - choose a mix of any of the following
as a base: baby spinach, rocket, watercress, chicory, cos, little gem
and add tasty cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, blanched french
beans, fresh peas, sliced chestnut mushrooms, black (stoned) olives, anchovies,
sliced peeled orange.
Wholegrain sandwich - use 2 slices of wholegrain bread and fill with lean meat, mackeral, sardines, tuna and dark leafy green salad (try rocket it has a lovely peppery bite to it). Add juicy tomatoes and cruchy cucumber. A smear of low calorie mayonnaise can be good.
Grilled fish - sardines, mackeral and salmon are teeming with Omega 3 oils, and are juicy and delicious. Serve with a small portion of new potatoes, brown rice or a portion of wholegrain bread. Add any vegetable you fancy or add a crisp leafy green salad.
Grilled chicken - serve a chicken breast with grilled mixed peppers, mushrooms, chillies, onions. Add brown rice, wholegrain pasta or new potatoes and vegetables or a green salad.
Baked fish - make a parcel using greaseproof paper of sliced veg, such as leeks, peppers, asparagus, mangetout, french beans and lay the fish on top, season with dill and a squeeze of lemon juice and/or white wine. Squeeze the paper's ends together to make a parcel, and place in tinfoil and again pull corners together. Bake in the oven at 350 F/180C/ gas Mark 4 until the fish is cooked through. Make sure you pour all the lovely juices over the fish when serving. New potatoes are a good accompaniment with this dish.
Too many carbs after 6pm
Rushing your meal - chew everything slowly and enjoy the taste
Watching tv whilst eating - try and make an occasion of it by sitting
at a table
you increase your exercise whilst you are reducing your calories you will
speed up your weight-loss. If you combine fat-burning aerobic exercise with
toning or resistance exercise you will build muscle and tone your body.
Whenever you go out try to become more active:
Emma's Diet Tip
Try and use the most tastiest ingredients when preparing
your food, as this will really let your tastebuds (and stomach) know you
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