Tricks of the trade
Before every meal, drink a whole glass of water. This will help fill your stomach, improve digestion, ease conversion of calories into energy rather than fat AND make you feel fuller, quicker so you’ll want to eat less.
Use a fork rather than a spoon where possible, this will make you take smaller mouthfuls and slow your eating speed down, thereby giving you more time to digest food and giving you more time to realise when you’ve had enough to eat.
Aim to drink at least 3 litres of water a day. This will not only help you burn fat by improving energy conversion in hydrated cells, but it will also do wonders for your skin.
Aim for at least 25-30 grams of protein in each meal as this will also slow down digestion and keep insulin levels down and inhibit fat storage.
Vegetables should be as colourful as possible and ideally be grown above ground, (Spinach and cauliflower yes, onions and turnips no).
Your last meal of the day should be consumed around 2 hours before you go to bed and you should try particularly hard to keep any carbohydrates consumed in this meal as healthy as possible as your body is more inclined to store ingested sugars as fat at nightime than during the day'.
All of the above are guidelines as is your daily calorie allowance. There will be days when either time or circumstances prevent you from following these guidelines exactly and this is to be expected. Your aim should be to follow them for as much of the week as possible, ideally 90% of the time. The more you can stick to them the quicker you will see the results you desire and the less any slips will slow your progress.
Fat loss should be around 1-2 pounds per week meaning that in 2 months you can potentially lose up to a stone. At the beginning you may experience hunger pangs and/or feelings of lethargy. The first are simply cravings created by previous eating habits and not nutritional deficiencies. The second will reduce as your body adapts to the changes in your eating habits and ultimately you will actually find you have more energy and feel hungry less often.
Finally, the important thing to remember is that this is a process not an absolute. If you slip, and eat the wrong thing, don’t worry. It happens to everyone at some stage. The key is to get back on track as quickly as possible. As time goes by you’ll find that this becomes easier and easier to do. It may also make it easier to consider that when you get to the body shape/ weight you want it’s a lot easier to maintain than obtain. Getting there’s the hard part, by comparison staying there’s easy.