Sunday, 4 December 2011


Dietitian Lisa Drayer and nutritionist Cassandra Forsythe sorts through the ever-changing weight loss advice floating around

Diet decoder
Need to slim down for next month’s high school reunionCardio. In the short term, the stairmaster burns more kilojoules than pumping iron, so you’ll lose weight faster.
Want big, lasting weight loss or need to break a plateauWeights. Adding to your muscle mass takes time, but it will boost the number of kilojoules your body burns even when you’re not working out.
Like to veg out on the couch after workAn early dinner. The more time your body has to burn off kilojoules before bed, the better
Like to work out at nightReservations for 8pm (or later). If you haven’t filled up with a day’s worth of kilojoules beforehand, it doesn’t matter what time you eat.
Easily lose track of how many servings you help yourself toDining solo. You’ll eat less when you pay attention to how much food is on your plate
Have friends who are healthy eaters or are also trying to lose weightSocial eating
You’ll be more mindful of what you eat when you have a supportive audience.
Think half a cup is a laughably small serving sizeThree meals a day. Cutting out snacks is an easy way to regulate your daily kilojoule intake, and allows you to eat larger meals.
Get hunger pangs if you haven’t eaten in an hourGrazing. When your body thinks it’s starving, it stores kJs. Having five to six small meals evens out blood sugar and cranks metabolism.
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