Drinking a couple of glasses of water before a meal can make you feel full quicker. Whilst the ‘8 glasses of water’ is daft (how big are these glasses!?), it’s important to keep your body hydrated. Drinking ice-cold water can even make your body burn around an extra 60 calories a day as it takes your body more energy to heat the water up once it’s in your system. Neat, eh!
2. GREEN TEA
Green tea is one of the best teas around to help with weight loss. It’s packed with antioxidants that promotes good cell health but also contains catechins which helps to regulate blood sugar levels, thus preventing hunger spikes throughout the day. Used longer term, it can also inhibit the body from storing excess fat. Recent studies have shown that just 3 cups a day long term can help you burn around 33% more fat on a daily basis!
Females will be pleased to read that studies have shown those who drink skimmed milk each day in the 2 weeks leading up to their menstrual cycle suffer fewer cravings, related to hormones. Milk is also a superb source of protein, Vitamin D and Calcium – all of which help to aid muscle building. Larger muscles need more energy (calories) to function and therefore aids weight loss. Make sure you don’t opt for full-fat milk though. Non-fat, skimmed or low-fat are all good choices.
4. PROTEIN SHAKES
The downside to these is if you don’t do any exercise, the protein can turn to fat. Be sure to take a protein shake immediately after exercise (unless you have kidney problems as too much protein can damage them). They’ll aid in muscle growth which in turn means a faster metabolic rate due to leaner muscle needing more energy. Protein shakes have shown to also be great to dampening down hunger cravings. They can now and again be great for small meal replacements, but be sure to have a full breakfast and a full main meal too.
5. VEGETABLE JUICES
According to a study done at Penn. State university, drinking a vegetable juice before your meals may cause you to eat around 135 fewer calories. They are full of fibre which makes you feel fuller for longer. Try and find low-sodium varieties if you can as that makes them even healthier. Your taste buds will thank you for these juices as well as your mirror when you see yourself losing the fat!
Coffee contains caffeine which can act as an appetite suppressant. Coffee has also been shown to stimulate thermogenesis which speeds up your resting metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories whilst not doing physical activity. Be sure to stick to skimmed milk though and be careful what else you put in, such as sweeteners and sugar!
The thickness of smoothies can help kill your appetite, but not only that, researchers at the University of Tennessee found you can lose an additional 61% fat by adding yogurt to them due to the calcium and protein. Smoothies are a superb weight loss booster!