Trying To Lose Weight? You’re Looking At The Wrong Numbers!

Ever thought that stepping obsessively on and off those scales may be doing you more harm than good? Yes, it’s important to keep an eye on our weight, but by always checking, then rechecking our weight loss, even removing your underwear in the belief it’ll make a difference can get a little bit crazy. In fact, experts suggest that it’s not the scales we should be paying attention to but our clocks because when you’re trying to get in shape even the time you eat matters!

#1. Eat Food Regularly

We don’t mean you should sit there mindlessly shoving Maltesers into your mouth or nibbling crackers like a hamster every five minutes. While that would be lovely, what weight loss experts recommend is that you consume a good, solid meal every three to four hours, so either eat three large meals and several snacks per day or four smaller meals depending on what your appetite’s like.

Try to eat at the same time every day, for example, breakfast at 7 am, lunch at 1 pm and dinner at around 6 pm with small snacks spaced out in between. So you could have ‘elevenses‘ i.e. a drink, some fruit or low-fat rice cakes at, well, 11 am. The idea is to prevent excess insulin forming in your body which slows down weight loss, while leptin controls your appetite by helping balance cortisol the hormone that’s responsible for those rising stress levels.

Don’t Delay Breakfast

We’ve all heard the lectures about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure you have a full sit-down breakfast before leaving the house each morning if you’re running late or the idea of eating that early makes you feel sick even a banana, or a homemade fruit muffin’s better than nothing. For those of you who get queasy at the mere sight of a breakfast pastry, you could always try a meal replacement shake. They come in a range of flavours and are much easier to have on the go than hot coffee or a mini porridge bowl.

You can learn more here about 310 shakes, what they contain and which flavours are best as they come in strawberry, chocolate and even mocha! Skipping breakfast not only slows down your metabolism but it’ll make you feel tired, unfocused and heavier than if you’d enjoyed a berry smoothie and protein pancakes in the first place!

Cut Out Those Midnight Feasts

One of the worst things that you can do if you’re trying to lose weight is to consume anything after 7 pm. In fact, you should never eat anything before bedtime not even a bowl of low-fat popcorn in front of the TV.

By tucking into a snack, or worse having a late dinner you’re raising your insulin, blood sugar and stress levels while lowering your growth hormones which isn’t good. Why? Because these, and other factors all contribute to how well you sleep. If you’re too hot, tossing and turning all night with stomach cramps or indigestion the next day any weight loss you do have will be short lived.


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