So you have just got back from your summer holiday and have realised just how much weight you have gained.
It is no surprise really, as you spent most of your time lazing by the pool, eating junk food and drinking an endless supply of soft drinks.
So what can you do to regain your pre-holiday body? Read on to discover some proven way to burn those pounds.
#1: Eat little and often
To keep your blood sugar levels steady and to avoid bouts of low energy I would suggest that instead of sticking to your usual 3 main meals, instead try to eat 5-6 smaller ones instead.
If you allow your blood sugar levels to drop, which tends to occur an hour or so after a large meal then you will find that food cravings will occur, however by eating often you can avoid this occurring.
#2: Cut back on processed foods
Processed foods have very little nutritional content. What they do have though is a variety of sugars, salts and other additives to keep them fresh.
These are highly addictive though, so it is impossible to only eat a little of it without wanting more.
#3: Don’t rush your food
Eating too quickly can lead you to overeat. This is because you are not giving your brain opportunity to receive the signal from your brain that it is full.
This signal usually takes around 20 minutes to arrive.
#4: Try pilates
Not everyone loves intense exercise, which is where pilates can come in.
It is a more gentle form of exercise, but it can still be an effective way to burn fat. Plus, it can help strengthen your core muscles, which will have a slimming effect.
#5: Avoid fad diets
You have seen them time and again in the latest celebrity magazine, but do fad diets really work?
Chances are if they involve drastic cutting of calories, or the banning of entire food groups then they wont work for the long term.
While you may lose weight to start, if you cut your calorie intake too much your metabolism will slow to a stand-still as your body desperately tries to hold onto its fat reserves.
You may also suffer from nutritional deficiencies too. As believe it or not your body requires a whole host of different food types, yes even fats.
#6: Eat fat
To follow up on tip #5, yes you should eat fats and any diet that outlaws them should be avoided.
Fat is an essential nutrient and is required for a variety of bodily functions, but not all fats are best.
Processed fats in junk food are the types that should be avoided, while fats such as omega-3 and 6 are the ones you should be consuming.
These fats are found in oily fish, nuts, seeds and seed oils.
#7: Get some sleep
Getting less than 7 hours sleep can be a major problem if you are trying to lose weight as less than this can cause your body to overproduce various hormones.
These hormones can lead to food cravings the following day.
#8: Try to relax
Similarly, stress can also affect your hormone production so it is vital that you take steps to alleviate any stress you are feeling.
Even a relaxing bath, or your favourite film or TV show can do wonders for stress levels.