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Top weight loss tips for spring

With warmer weather starting to make an appearance across the UK and fewer excuses to hide our wobbly bits underneath thick winter coats, many of us will no doubt be regretting those second helpings of pudding over the winter months.

But if you’ve overindulged this year, fear not! Weight loss doesn’t have to be painful – if you follow these simple, effortless weight loss tips, you’ll be slipping back into your skinny jeans in no time.

1. Take it slowly

Research shows that people who yo-yo diet will often put any weight lost back on. So, instead of going all-out and hoping to shed half your body weight in the first week, take a step back and set yourself a smaller, more achievable goal. Aim to lose 1-2lb each week. If you make small changes to your lifestyle, rather than big, dramatic ones, you’re more likely to keep it up – and keep the weight off!

2. Portion control

Do you know how much pasta constitutes a portion? Carbohydrates are the main culprit when it comes to being over-generous with portions – it’s easy to pour pasta or rice straight into the pan, without actually measuring how much you’re cooking.

One portion of pasta is actually only 20g (roughly 3 tablespoons), and one portion of rice is 25g (2 tablespoons). You should be aiming to eat between 8 and 10 portions of carbohydrate a day. The key here is to measure when you’re cooking – don’t pour straight from packet to pan. For more guidance on what a portion should look like, check out BUPA’s website.

3. Drink water

It’s the golden rule everybody knows but nobody sticks to: drinking the NHS-recommended 1.2 litres of water every day not only has many health benefits, but can also help you to lose weight. If you think you’re still hungry after a meal, drink a glass of water and wait for 20 minutes before raiding the fridge – chances are you’ll find you’re not actually hungry!

4. Chew your food

It sounds daft – but taking your time when eating will help you to eat less. If you eat quickly and especially if you concentrate on something else like the television, your brain doesn’t register everything that you’re eating, and you’ll end up eating more before you feel full. Slow it down – you’ll eat less.