Make those windows sparkle
Finding it hard to burn calories, when you feel as though there are so many chores to do around the house?
Try embracing the housework, as this can help you burn calories – win, win! If you clean the windows in a circular motion you can expect to sweat off around 125 calories an hour, according to Muscle Food.
Sneak in some moves at your desk
Even though you are only doing 5 minutes, you need to focus, and do the exercises mindfully. Then try to retain what you’ve learnt with you as you move around the office,” explains Lynne Robinson, Founder of Body Control Pilates, and author of Pilates For Life.
“To keep yourself feeling fit and healthy, why not set yourself the goal of doing 5 minutes Pilates at your desk whenever you get a break? If you’ve time for coffee, you’ve time for Pilates!
Hang a mirror opposite the dining table
Hang a mirror up opposite you when you’re eating as seeing your reflection appears to cut down on how much munching you do by a third, according to a study.
It seems having to look at yourself helps to remind you of your fitness goals, helping you resist delving in for seconds.
Give up guilt
For a healthy relationship with food, start by not associating them with being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
Psychologist Corinne Sweet explained: “People talk about themselves in terms of being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ according to how habitually they eat or drink things, or whether they snack. ‘I’ve been bad today’, might mean someone has had a chocolate bar or muffin with their coffee. Or ‘I’ve been good’ can mean they have abstained from the biscuit round in the tearoom.
|We also tend to pass their language, and the concept, on to our children, making them feel ‘bad’ for having an ice cream and ‘good’ for eating broccoli.
“Often this creates stress and complex feelings, which can actually accentuate and increase the behaviour rather than curb it.”
Drink tomato juice
Can’t decide what cold beverage you fancy?
Research at the Institute of Biostatistics, China Medical University suggests that tomato juice can help trim your waistline, even without making any other changes to your lifestyle.
The results showed daily tomato juice supplementation reduces waist circumference, as well as serum cholesterol.
This tip comes after Susan Boyle’s weight loss journey was revealed – the star has lost two stone since her rise to fame.
Instagram your meal
Taking a snap of your meal cannot only make others envious of your feed, but it may also benefit those ‘love handles.’
Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, said: “Researchers suggest that taking a photograph of food just before you eat, concentrates the mind to eat not only healthier foods but also less of it.
“The photographs seemed to deter binges.”
Have a warm soak
Don’t fancy slogging it out on the treadmill today? Mix up your calorie burning techniques by having a soak in a hot bath.
Research suggests that relaxing in the tub increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent, which can burn 126 calories per hour.
If you can’t resist the odd cheat meal, such as a burger, then don’t deprive yourself completely on every occasion. Instead, where possible, give it a healthier boost.
Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com said: “Add a simple green salad as a side dish for a tasty yet healthier meal.
“I wouldn’t order a burger that contained too much cheese and mayo, as these can up the calories.”
She said to ask for sauces to be served on the side so you have control over the amount you use and to always opt for the sweet potato fries.
Eat with a man
Whether you’re a man or a woman research suggests that eating with a male could help you eat less.
The study found that women tended to purchase fewer calories when with men as compared to when they’re with women.