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PostSubject: 10 ways to speed up your weight loss   Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:37 pm



  1. Write it down Putting pen to paper to record what you eat has a dramatic effect on your discipline. It makes you think before you have that extra sweet or glass of wine. But the all-important key is to record everything you eat and drink as you consume it, and not at the end of the day when you will have, perhaps not intentionally, forgotten half of what you have had.
  2. Weigh it out Portions can be deceptive, as this lab experiment proved: overweight and slim students were served calorie-controlled portions of identical food and asked to record how much they’d eaten. Interestingly, the slim students guessed almost exactly how much they consumed, but the overweight ones underestimated by a third! So use your weighing scales to check exactly how much cereal/rice/pasta you are serving. If you stick strictly to the eating plan, your excess weight will fall away!
  3. Get moving! Sitting down, you use half the calories compared with when you are standing, and a quarter of those spent walking. So being more active generally will speed up your weight-loss progress. Get a pedometer and try to take 10,000 steps a day. It’s not easy but, with a few changes to your life, it is very achievable. I try to do it and, on six days out of seven, I succeed. Wearing a pedometer also makes you more aware of trying to be more active.
  4. Exercise, exercise, exercise! If you want to lose weight fast, get exercising. Any exercise that makes you breathe more deeply burns fat. This type of exercise is called aerobic. The way it works is that the extra oxygen you take in with deeper breaths gets into your bloodstream and circulates around your body and into your muscles, where it is used by little engines, called mitochondria, to create energy. Then it attracts the fat deposited in and around the muscles to make fuel to burn. In other words, the fat burns in the oxygen flame. Result: fat loss! Once you have warmed up for aerobic exercise, for say five minutes, you will be entering fat-burning mode. Keep exercising for another 20 minutes, at a rate that makes you slightly breathless and warm, for some serious fat burning. Then cool down and you will feel fantastic.
  5. Turn yourself into a fat burner! Doing toning exercises regularly will help to increase the size of your muscles. If you have fit and strong muscles, you automatically turn your body into a fat-burning machine, which means that even when you’re not exercising, you will be burning fat rather than storing it as you go about your everyday work. This is good news for weight maintenance too once you reach your goal.
  6. Don’t cheat When you eat or drink something extra to your calorie allowance, you are only cheating yourself. If you want to lose weight fast and continuously, stick to your calorie allowance. If you attend one of our classes, you will be allocated a personally calculated daily calorie quota based on your gender, age and weight to maximise your rate of weight loss. You will also find the charts in my Gi Jeans Diet book. The key is to eat the number of calories equal to your basal metabolic rate, which represents the number of calories you would burn if you just lay in bed all day. Stick strictly to this number of calories and you cannot fail to lose weight. It is a matter of physics.
  7. Cook without fat Using non-stick pans, it is really easy to cook without adding fat or oil to the pan or recipes. Fat makes you fat. I never cook with fat, and I hate the taste of it when dining out. It doesn’t take long to change your taste-buds and it is the quickest and surest way to cut out hundreds of calories . Remember, fat you eat becomes fat on your body, so cut it right down and you will just get leaner!
  8. Eat the low-Gi way Carbohydrates with a lower Gi (glycaemic index) rating are healthier, more filling and more satisfying. They release energy more slowly, causing our blood sugar levels to rise and fall more gradually than more processed foods. This is good news for dieters, as it helps us to stay feeling fuller for longer, so avoiding the temptation to snack on high-calorie foods – the downfall of most dieters. Learning the Gi values of foods can be complicated and contradictory but readers have commented that the guidelines in my Gi Jeans Diet book make it really simple.
  9. Cook your own food Busy lifestyles can make us dive into the supermarket ready-meal section, but preparing our own food needn’t be difficult or too time-consuming – try some of the simple recipes in our magazine. And ready-made sauces, combined with dry-fried meat or poultry and cooked pasta, let you make a meal in minutes. Meals you cook yourself are more nutritious and usually much more satisfying.
  10. Attention alcohol! While drinking alcohol in moderation can be good for us, if drunk in excess it is definitely bad! It weakens willpower while increasing appetite, so drink with caution if you want your weight to disappear quickly! Alcohol is also dehydrating, which is unhelpful, too. It is really important that we are properly hydrated, as this allows our body to work much more efficiently. And that can only be good for us in our efforts to lose weight.
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