10 EASY THINGS
YOU CAN DO TO STAY IN SHAPE
1. USE SMALLER KITCHENWARE
Larger bowls and plates give you a reason to pile more food on, smaller ones make your food portions appear larger and trick your brain into feeling that you have consumed more.
2. EAT BREAKFAST
There is a reason why breakfast is called the most important meal of the day. It kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout the day. It also provides the energy you need to stay focused and get things done.
3. CUT BACK ON CARBS
Refined carbs such as pastries, candies, soft drinks, cakes and other desserts are low in nutritional value, rich in fat and simple sugar. These sweet temptations might be tough to avoid altogether so indulge in moderation. It’s important to reward yourself too. Check out our snack bars for a healthier treat.
4. FIND HEALTHY FOOD THAT YOU LOVE
Staying in shape doesn’t mean that you have to eat salad every meal of the day. It’s all about having a balanced diet. Your plate should ideally consist of ¼ portion of lean protein, ½ of fruits and/or vegetables and ¼ of whole grain. Make a list of healthy food that you would eat and stick to it. Check out 10 healthy vegetables you should be eating for inspiration.
5. EAT IN
Singapore is a well-known food haven and the temptation of heading straight to fast food chains or the nearest zi char store after work or school can be very strong. Eating out exposes you to processed food, which are high in fat and sodium that would definitely increase the waistline. Cooking your own meals enables you to control the amount of oil and sauces you consume, making it healthier.
6. REMOVE ALL DISTRACTIONS WHILE EATING
We know that the 7pm TV drama on Channel U gets very exciting but distractions can be a reason why you are eating more than you need. Your brain takes about 20 mins to register that you’re full. Removing distractions can help you be aware of what your body is saying.
7. REDUCE ALCOHOL INTAKE
Alcohol might seem to be your best friend especially during the festive season but it contains more calories than you realise. Alcohol consists of 7 calories per gram, compared to protein and carbohydrate which has 4 and fat with 9. That’s a lot of empty calories! Besides reducing your alcohol intake, you might also want to try out our supplements for that extra protection for your liver.
8. DRINK LOADS OF WATER
Majority of the time when you are craving for snacks, it is either because you are either dehydrated or bored. Keeping the water flowing not only ensures that you are hydrated but also help with appetite control.
It might sound like the strangest thing but consistently getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night makes a huge difference if you are looking to stay in shape. Lethargy makes you less likely to exercise, for one. It also dulls the brain, setting it up to make less-than-ideal food decisions. Check out our range of supplements that support restful sleep.
10. IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT
Staying in shape should not just happen only because we need to look good when the New Year comes around. It is about cultivating healthy weight loss habits into your everyday life. Find a deeper motivation to staying in shape and make a lifestyle change. As they say, half the battle has been won in your mind.