By Paula Galvao of Eden Life Weight Loss Clinic


If you’d rather go straight back into hibernation than face the thought of skin-revealing summer dresses and tops, you’re not alone. But rather than rue the legacy of winter’s wreckage, take action now. Here’s how.


  1. Remember your daily intake of water. Drinking around two litres of water a day assists with weight loss, because water is an essential part of the fat burning process. Added to this, the pathways for thirst and hunger are very closely located inside the brain, which means that if you don’t heed thirst signals, your body will create hunger pangs so that you can get the water you need from food.
  2. Reduce your alcohol intake. Alcohol increases your appetite, because it affects your judgment – which means that the salty, sugary snacks you would usually say no to become impossible to resist.
  3. Start off slowly. Instead of committing to a dramatic exercise regime, start with a programme you can maintain, such as walking, swimming or Pilates. Even gardening can be beneficial. You’re more likely to stick to an activity if you enjoy it.
  4. Ensure you get enough sleep. Your body manufactures serotonin while you sleep. This is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel satisfied after a meal.
  5. Focus on your protein content. This is especially important at supper and lunchtime. Protein helps to reduce carbohydrate cravings.
  6. Add flavour to your cooking with spices. Just one teaspoon of Tabasco sauce can overcome the effects of 12 teaspoons of sugar. Other spices which work well are garlic, cayenne pepper and turmeric. These have well known antioxidant properties.
  7. Stick an old photo of yourself, looking your best, on the fridge. It’s the best inspiration, because you’re aspiring to the best you can be, and not someone else’s personal best.
  8. Envisage having more energy. Weight loss immediately translates into vigour.
  9. Never skip breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. At the Eden Life Weight Loss Clinic, we recommend waiting until 10 o’clock to eat breakfast; an earlier breakfast spikes your morning insulin levels, leading to that urge to binge between three and five o’clock.
  10. Eat low fat food, rather than fat free, food. Your body needs a small amount of fat to make you feel full.


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