You’re hitting the gym, taking the stairs instead of the lift and eating "clean" (whatever that means!?).
You’re tracking your food with My Fitness Pal but you’re still not noticing a difference to the waistline.
What could it be!?
It could be not what you’re eating, but what you’re drinking.
Shock horror … calories in drinks count EXACTLY THE SAME as calories in food!
And if you are trying to reduce your calorie intake through diet then you absolutely need to look at drinks too.
Take a Starbucks grande vanilla latte at around 250 cals. Grab one on the way to the office and another mid afternoon to power you through those reports and you’re well on the way to an extra 500 cals a day from just two drinks. Over the working week that’s a whopping 2,500 calories.
Simply swapping the creamy, frappe-chino whatever for an Americano with a splash of milk and a sweetener instantly brings the calories down to a more waist friendly 20 cals per hit.
Booze. Yes unfortunately that glass/bottle of wine and those beerios contain calories. Your body counts them even if you don’t. If you're trying to loose weight then it maybe wise to reduce the amount of alcoholic beverages you consume.
Big night out coming up? Try alternating the alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic calorie free soft drinks or water. Not only will you reduce calories but also the severity of the sore head in the morning.
Ditch the sugar laden soft drinks for their respective diet varieties. Instant calorie reduction. POP! (Piece of Pi$$!)
I’ve had clients lose weight by ONLY changing what they drink. Mad eh!?
See, that was easy wasn’t it? Weight loss doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated or involve starvation diets and detox teas. Sometimes simple little swaps can add up to make a big difference.
"Can you give me some ideas for a healthy, low calorie snack to satisfy a sweet craving? (Not fruit!)"
🍏Today's question comes from my newest online coaching client🍎
Easy. Fruit. It’s sweet, tasty, full of nutrients and you can buy it everywhere. Grab some bargain apples and pears from that little market stall next to the station. Or pop into M&S and pick up one of those overpriced, beautifully packaged, super convenient fruit salads. But hey, its not just ANY fruit salad!
🍒Oh wait. You said NOT fruit. No problem. Here’s a list of options that are definitely “healthier” than a chocolate bar.🍌
🍿Just be mindful that some snacks marketed as “healthy” options actually have more calories than a Mars bar! Fruit & nut bars and cereals vary wildly in their calorie content so its a good idea to have look at the labels.🧐
And Mars bars are great too. Just not everyday.🍫
If you have a question you would like me to answer drop it in the comments box below.
We could probably all do with upping our daily vegetable intake. Public Health England recommends eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
My busy client was struggling with getting his veg in - not just eating it but buying it too. If you only go shopping once a week then after 4 days in the fridge that spinach is starting to look a bit ropey!
🌽FROZEN VEG IS THE ANSWER!🥦
I am determined to make frozen veg cool. Its cheap, versatile and lasts for ages in the icy depths of the deep freeze.
Add it to soups, stews and stir-frys. Chuck a handful of frozen peas in with your rice or pasta for the last couple of minutes of cooking time. Drop some frozen spinach into your pasta sauce and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. EASY!
I always keep the freezer well stocked with the following frozen veggie wonders:
* Broad beans
So when you're next at the supermarket be sure to "Go wild in the frozen veg aisle!"