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5 Tips to Help you Lose Weight

Weight loss can be difficult during Christmas, especially when faced with tempting treats. But once it’s time to put away the twinkling lights and tinsel it might be time to think about the different ways to drop that Christmas festive weight.

Get off to the best possible start with these 5 dieting tips.

Plan your meals

Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a food diary.

Meal plan with vegetables. fruit, pasta and nuts

Do not stock junk food

To avoid temptation, do not stock junk food – such as chocolate, biscuits, crisps and sweet fizzy drinks – at home. Instead, opt for healthy snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oatcakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.

Child staring suspiciously at jar of cookies

Use a smaller plate

Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.

Avocado toast with pistachios and jar of quinoa

Do not skip breakfast

Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You could miss out on crucial nutrients, and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry.

Bowl of fruity cereal next to fruit, orange juice

Do not ban foods

Do not ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you want them more. There’s no reason you cannot enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance.

People eating pizza

If you would like to receive more tips on dieting and exercise, please talk to your local Imaan pharmacist. You can locate your nearest Imaan Pharmacy here.

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