by Babs O’Reilly
(Miami, Florida, US)
You may start to panic when you realize that it gets harder to get rid of those unwanted pounds as you get older. You’ve been on a diet and haven’t tasted anything delicious in the past couple of months or so.
There are things that you can actually invest on so that you can still have the body you want despite your age.
Invest in a pedometer. This device is sold in most sporting goods stores and it keeps tracks of how many steps you take each day. Clip it on and watch your walking kilometers add up on the monitor.
This motivates you to walk some more and this is something that you can take with you every day.
When it comes to eating time, invest on scented candles. This is more than just to set the mood. In fact, scented candles have been known to stave off appetite.
The next time you get the sudden urge to eat, just light one up. Studies indicate that certain aromas like cinnamon, vanilla, oregano, orange, and lemon can take the edge off your appetite.
Experts say that we have satiety centers in our brain that are directly activated by our sense of smell. Vanilla, in particular, has been known to curb cravings for sweets and lavender is known to rid your body of harmful toxins.
Eat apples daily because this fruit is packed with fiber, nutrients, and water. If you munch on one, your tummy will feel full, and thus, decrease your chances of binging.
An apple before every meal makes you lose weight faster. Of course, you also need to set your table for portion control. Use tall, skinny glasses for juice because the visual effect will make you feel as if you’re drinking more than you actually are.
Use smaller plates as well when you are on your main course. Keep a large salad bowl at the table so that if you do decide to go for seconds, you have the salad as your option.
But beware of salad dressings especially those that come with a hefty oil-based mix. Order the dressing on the side and dip your fork into the dressing. After that, skewer a forkful of salad. You’ll be surprised at how it tastes just right and how little dressing you’ve actually used.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to weigh your portions and count the calories in your every meal, and even moreso if you don’t normally prepare or cook all your daily meals, you will find the convenience of calorie controlled meal replacement drinks could be the best rapid weight loss tool for you to achieve your ideal body weight in a safe and delicious way.
Keep yourself on the move by adding an activity into your daily routine instead of waiting for the day when you’ll actually join the gym. Simple things like walking or taking the stairs help a lot.
Deep breathing helps too. Take a deep breath and suck in your stomach for a few seconds. Repeat the action ten times and do it as often as you can. You’ll see the inches from your middle disappear soon enough.
And all throughout, make sure that you try to look at the brighter side of life. Laughter not only exercises the muscles on your abdomen, it also helps burn loads of calories. Pretty soon, you’ll look better and actually feel younger!