Whether you’re starting your weight loss routine for the first or fiftieth time this year, it’s important to be aware of the simple mistakes we can all make when it comes to losing weight.
September might be a month where we start to recharge after a summer of boozy evenings and indulging in BBQs every time the sun peaked out, so if you’d like to lose some weight before Christmas, we’re here to ensure that your attempts aren’t in vain.
Here are five common mistakes you may be making that could hamper your weight loss goals.
Your morning coffee
Although many of us use coffee to haul us out of our sluggish morning slumber, it may be feeding our sweet tooth and tempting us into snacks we know we should avoid. New research from Cornell University has found that caffeine can temper taste buds temporarily and make food and drink taste less sweet, leading us to crave sugary treats to satisfy our cravings. So to get your morning off to a healthy start and still give you that little lift try swapping your morning coffee for Clearspring’s Matcha Shot [RRP £6.25, www.clearspring.co.uk].
No matter how busy your morning, always make sure you make time for breakfast. Skipping this essential meal will wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels and leave you craving something sweet mid-morning. Alix Woods, nutritionist at Quest Nutra Pharma, shares her favourite breakfast for balancing blood sugars: “Start the day with a great breakfast that includes whole grain cereals, nuts, seeds, and nutrient-rich superfruits such as pomegranate, mango, and blueberries. For breakfast on the run choose a power shake combining fruits and cereal with added protein.”
Being lazy under the covers
You may have had a busy day at work but that’s no excuse to pass up on some fun in the bedroom. Sex is a great way to burn those few extra calories and can even help boost your immune system. Dr. Marilyn Glenville, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists (www.marilynglenville.co.uk) explains: “There has been research to show that having regular sex (once or twice a week) boosts immune function. The researchers measured the level of IgA (immunoglobulin A), an antibody which can help protect us against colds and flu and found that those who had sex regularly each week had a 30% increase in IgA compared to those who either abstained or only had sex once a week.”
Grabbing a smoothie
It may be full of fruit however some smoothies and fruit juices can contain up to 7g of sugar per 100ml, nearly a third of your recommended daily allowance. Instead of grabbing a shop bought smoothie try making yourself a juice with a real nutritional kick by combining blueberries, cucumber, avocado, water, flax seeds and for an added boost of nutrients and protein try adding a supplement such as Nature’s Plus Vegan Power Meal [£36.75, www.naturesplus.co.uk] for a drink that’ll set you up for the day without any hidden sugary nasties.
Doing that much-beloved exercise class
As much as you may love that post work HIIT class, having only one exercise staple may not be doing you as much good as you think. Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com explains: “If you do the same exercise all the time your body can become used to it, and not work as hard. Adding variety also means you’re less likely get bored and in turn go more often. Try to vary between aerobic, cardio, weights and exercises that can help with relaxation such as yoga and Pilates.”
- Kick-start your day with a Clearspring Organic, naturally concentrated, 100% Matcha Shot. A finely ground powder made from the finest premium grade green tea leaves, shade grown on a tea garden high in the hills of Uji, Kyoto, Japan. With its vivid green colour and a slightly sweet, rich, smooth flavour it is the most prized among Japanese teas.
- Enjoy as a classic shot on its own with hot water, in a vanilla Matcha latte, a green smoothie or added to your favourite fruit juice for a special boost.
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