- Waste Energy
How? By learning to be restless more. Dietitian and exercise physiologist Joanne Turner says, “Pace around when you’re thinking. Move from foot to foot when you’re on the phone. Restless people can burn up to 1,200kj more each day than couch potatoes.
- Try These When You Feel Like Snacking
Brush your teeth. Imagine writing the words “relax”, “slim”, and “healthy” in front of you in the air. Or, visualise yourself in your ideal weight, shape and size, and focus on it.
- Give Tasty Names To Foods You Should Eat More Of
So healthy meals can be called “Grandma’s Homemade Soup”, “Sizzling Salmon and Broccoli Bites”. And foods to avoid be named as “Choke A Cola” or “Ore Oh-Nos” (Oreas).
- Eat Till You’re Still Hungry
Even the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew advocated eating till you’re about 80-90 per cent full.
- Pull On Your Snuggiest Pair Of Jeans
Every week, put on your most well-fitted jeans. They’re the best alarm for weight gain, says Cornell University weight loss expert Brian Wansink.
- Always Eat From A Plate
Never eat straight out of a tub or box because you’ll end up eating more. Instead, scoop out a portion that you’re happy with and leave the kitchen.
- Eat The Most At Lunch
There is evidence to show that when sunlight hits our retina, the message is sent to the liver to start metabolising fats more effectively, says Professor Katherine Samaras, head of diabetes and obesity clinical studies at the Garvan Institute, Australia.
- Get Enough Sleep
A number of studies show a link between inadequate sleep and the risk of being overweight or obese. Being tired also makes it harder to get enthusiastic about exercising and eating well.
- Change The Way You Think Of The Word “Diet”
It can simply mean an eating plan, or whatever you eat on a regular basis. If you have a healthy diet, you’ll be lean and well nourished. If you have an unhealthy diet, you’ll be overweight and feel terrible.
- Fast Two Days A Week
You eat normally five days a week, then consume just a quarter of your nomal kilojoules on the other two (non-consecutive) days. The benefits not only include weight loss, but a reduction in age-related diseases such as cancer, says Dr Michael Mosley, author of The Fast Diet.
Text: Good Health, Bauer Syndication / Additional reporting: Sylvia Ong