There’s a difference between being slim and feeling slim and if you follow these five simple tips, you can get to experience both!
Don’t Eat After 6pm
Eating late in the day contributes to feeling bloated in the morning and making your waistband feel unnecessarily snug. Even worse, it can add real bulk to your figure because unless you’re very active in the evening, you won’t be burning off the calories you consume.
Eating before 6pm gives your body time to thoroughly digest what you’ve eaten and beat the bloat by morning. If your lifestyle means that you have to eat late, try to avoid these Top 10 Foods that can cause bloating.
A workout out in the evening might feel like it’s just too much after a busy day, but before you hit the couch and wind down, do something to get your heart rate up.
It doesn’t have to be much, just 15 minutes each evening will work wonders for shifting weight and you’ll sleep better and wake up feeling more energised too.
Make it something fun. Dance like an absolute fool or walk like one: go around the block as quickly as you can without breaking into a jog.
Whatever you do, work hard at it and your body will burn calories long after you stop. This is known as the ‘Afterburn Effect’; the more exercise you do, the more calories your body eats up afterwards so if you workout in the evening, you’ll actually be burning calories in your sleep!
Not with cake, with TLC.
You’ve eaten a healthy meal early in the evening. You’ve done your exercise. Now take a little time to pamper yourself. This can be as simple as manicuring your nails while you watch your favourite soap. Do one thing every night; exfoliate and moisturise your skin, deep condition your hair or give yourself a mini facial.
Keeping yourself busy like this, will distract you from thinking about snacks and will also boost your self-esteem in the morning.
Go to Bed!
Well if you’re going to wake-up feeling slimmer, you have to go to sleep first and the more of it you get, the better you’ll feel.
When you’re tired, your body craves energy and it’s easy to overload on carbs. Getting plenty of sleep gives your body time to rest and repair itself, plus, every minute that you’re asleep is a minute you won’t spend gazing longingly into the fridge.
Dress Yourself Slim
When you wake up tomorrow you should feel less bloated, but perhaps more importantly, feel positive and proud of yourself. You could have spent last night slumped on the couch with a bowl of chips, but instead, you danced like a diva and slept like a baby.
Hang on to that feeling by dressing yourself with care. In the morning rush, especially when there are children to organise, there’s often a lack of time to focus on how you look. Make some.
If you have clothes that flatter your shape and make you feel good, wear them. Don’t stash them away for a special occasion; they might be too big for you by the time one comes along!
When you head out the door on your way to work or to drop the kids at school, you should have a real spring in your step. That step is the first one on your route to a slimmer, happier you.
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