Set yourself goals:
Whether you want to just slim down a little or lose a significant amount of weight, you should always have a goal in mind. Pinpoint a goal weight so you have a target of how much to lose - this is the best motivational tool and will keep you on track. Not having a goal will cause you to slip up because it won't seem like such a big deal, but reminding yourself of the weight you want to get to will definitely help you get there quicker! You could even buy an item of clothing that you love in your ideal dress size to give you that extra boost.
Don't skip meals:
Skipping meals is one of the biggest misconceptions regarding successful weight loss. Missing a meal like breakfast or lunch may save you some calories, but it will only lead to disaster when you're hungry and craving an unhealthy dinner and calorie-filled snacks. A healthy diet should consist of 3 main meals and 2 snacks in between to ensure energy levels are kept up and to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Not only is the idea of skipping meals dismissed, but dieters are even encouraged to snack. Everyone thinks that snacking should be cut out completely when dieting, but this may be because they're snacking on the wrong things. A lot of people end up consuming around 400 calories when they snack, so you just need to swap what you're snacking on. Grazing between meals should help you to prevent hunger pangs that will risk a junk-food binge later, so pick filling and protein-packed snacks like nuts, fruit, whole-wheat toast or vegetable crisps.
Count to 10:
Still hungry after you finish your meal? You may need to slow down your eating and then counting to 10 once you've finished and you'll realise you're not hungry after all. It takes a little while for your brain to receive signals from the stomach telling it that it's full, so take your time eating your meal and you may find that you actually need smaller portions next time.
The worst mistake a dieter could make is skipping over breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - that's not just a myth! So fill up in the morning to ensure you don't pick at unhealthy foods and fill up too much at lunch time. Pack your breakfast with carbs and protein to keep your blood sugar levels steady, like egg whites and whole-wheat toast.
Watch the salt:
Cutting out salt will have a huge impact on your diet as too much salt can cause water retention, meaning you hold onto those extra pounds so cut out those salty snacks like crisps, pizza and chips. You'll also be surprised at how much salt is already in most of our foods, so there's no need to add it while cooking.
Drink lots of water:
Keeping hydrated is not only great for our overall health, but drinking plenty of water is also a great trick for weight loss. When your stomach begins to rumble mid-morning, try drinking a glass of water instead of reaching for the snacks. Sometimes your body is actually telling you it's thirsty, but you read this signal as feeling hungry. Don't forget we're recommended to drink 8 cups a day, so time to get guzzling!
Keep on track:
Keeping on track of your weight loss will help you to stay on track. When you've had a particularly good week of dieting and exercise and you've kept away from temptation for a good few days, it's good to notice the rewards on the scales. This will motivate you to keep going and will discourage the thought of slipping up. Adios will even help you with their weight loss chart, so you can always see your progress and you will be achieving your targets in no time!