A healthier lifestyle. It might sound scary at first, you’re probably thinking ‘I need to have five a day’, ‘I need to stop my sugar consumption’, ‘I can’t go to restaurants with friends.’ But trust us, it’s much easier than that! Here are our top 5 tips to help you out if you’re struggling and don’t know how to begin.
Never skip breakfast You’ve probably heard it a hundred times from everyone around you ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ well, they’re not wrong. Breakfast is your first meal of the day so provides you with energy to boost your metabolism. Breakfast should be the most filling meal of the day as you burn off everything you have eaten throughout the rest of the day. Breakfast should contain at least 9 grams of protein, so anything such as cereals such as fruit and fibre, weetabix, shreddies, toast topped with a peanut butter or jam spread or an egg would be great breakfast meals.
Don’t calorie count Researchers took women who claimed they couldn’t lose weight on a 1,200 calorie diet, and trained them how to track their calorie intake. Almost all the women were severely overestimating their energy intake – one of them thought she was eating 1100 calories and was actually eating over 3000! On average, they were underestimating by around 50%. Not all food labels are precise, some of them are only roughly speaking to give you an estimate as a company is legally allowed to be off the calorific count by 20%.
Snack healthy During the day when you feel like picking up a chocolate bar or bag of crisp, don’t. Pick up some fruit, a cereal bar even popcorn. These all are quite healthy alternatives and do not contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar. It may be hard at first but after a while you will get used to it and cravings lessen (PMS is another story!). The only thing you need to make sure you do is choose an alternative you enjoy eating as well as varying the snack so that it does not feel like a chore to eat it and you always have something different to look forward to so you do not get bored of it quickly. After all, a snack is supposed to be enjoyable but supply you with nutrients you need, not just sugar.
10 minutes of physical activity a day Reduce risk or heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers as well as reduce stress, boost self esteem and much more! We don’t understand how good exercise is for us, we don’t necessarily have to spend 10 minutes in the gym pumping iron like Arnold Schwaznegger but anything to get our heart rate up is ideal. It helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Drink more water Many of us will assume that we drink enough water by having one glass with every meal and tea and coffee will make up for the rest but this is wrong. A general rule of how much water we should be drinking is eight 8 ounce glasses a day. But another easier method to tell you if you are drinking enough water is checking the colour of your urine (wierd, I know) If it is quite a dark colour this informs you that you do not drink enough, also the quantity will also tell you if you are drinking enough. If you hardly have to go for a wee during the day then you obviously aren’t drinking enough. If you have moments during the day where you constantly need to wee and then not at all you aren’t spreading out your water intake for the day.
These are just a few tips, we hope they help you start making little changes in your daily routine for those of us who do struggle. So go on, we finished what we wanted to say today, what are you doing still sitting there, go have a glass of water!
Love Curls & S x