Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Lose weight without a difficult diet

The first thing which you should do is to swap your favourite meals, snacks, drinks for healthier options.

Empty calories
Not many people realize that drinks also have calories which we should count while being on diet, in fact also when not being on diet, so we won’t put on weight.

One bottle of wine has 550 calories, 1 pint of lager has 230 calories and 1 shot of vodka contains 55 calories. Calories from alcohol are empty, without any nutritional value or satiety feeling. It is also well known that drinking alcohol makes you feel hungrier. Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. It flushes away vitamins and minerals from your organism. Alcohol is treated as a foreign unwanted substance by your body. Your immune want to get rid of it as quickly as possible, which causes it to interrupt other processes (burning fat and absorbing nutrients processes are slowed down).

Drinking juices, fizzy drinks etc can also lead you to put on weight.
Drinks do not make you feel full; they only quench your thirst. Your body does not recognize it as a source of calories and energy, there are no signals sent to your brain about being fuller and less hungry after drinking them. Therefore if you do not want to put on a few extra pounds consider drinking fizzy drinks in moderation or best swap for plain water.

Food equivalents:
Pint of lager = medium slice of pizza, 50g of cookies or chocolate
Glass of wine = 1 banana, 25 g of chocolate
Bottle of wine = 1 chocolate, 100g of cookies

Will you eat every day chocolates or cookies?

If you want to eat a snack, get a fruit instead of a muesli bar or so called low-calories chips. Chocolate bars, chips, fruit bars are quite common among all snacks. Have you ever considered eating an apple, an orange, a carrot or a cucumber as a snack? They are a much healthier option as they are not chemically processed and are a source of fibre which helps to speed up metabolism. They also have fewer calories.

Meat versus pulses
The modern word created food available more easily. Previously people could not eat as much meat as they wanted. Eating too much red meat causes a higher risk of getting a bowel cancer and having higher cholesterol. It is important to provide our body with proteins, vitamins and minerals. Pulses like lentils, beans etc are also a good source of proteins, vitamins and minerals and help to lower the risk of getting bowel cancer and heart attack.


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