Lose weight the healthy way

There are many ways to lose weight, but the SheSaid body and soul expert Dean Piazza has these tips.
– “Eat Breakfast. Eating breakfast kicks starts your metabolism. It?s like putting money in the bank – you?ll consume the calories throughout the day.
– Don?t binge. Eat small amounts of chocolate at a time ? this way you won?t squander all your calories in one hit. Balance your calorie intake with a piece of fruit so that you?re not tempted to eat more chocolate.
– Inform people that you are dieting. Let your friends and family know that you?re watching your weight and ask them not to buy you chocolate at Easter.
– Keep active. While the Easter break provides an opportunity to relax, try going for a walk or swim – after all, there is more time in the day to do so. Exercise for at least 30 to 40 minutes per day.
– Make a shopping list and stick to it. The aisles are full of chocolate in the lead up to Easter so there will be many temptations. It also helps if you eat before you go ? that way you won?t be tempted to impulse buy.
– Keep snacking. There?s a perception that ?snacks? equals ?junk food? but there are a number of healthier alternatives such as fruit. Ultra Slim is an alternative as it can replace up to two meals per day with shakes, soups and pastas that are included as part of a calorie controlled diet.
– Drink water. Drink 6-8 glasses a day is recommended to prevent dehydration ? this will fill you and stop you mistaking thirst for hunger.”

We all know how important dairy products are for bone health, blood pressure reduction and cholesterol lowering, but did you know it can also help you burn fat and lose weight? Calcium alters the way the fat cells work, and recent clinical studies found overweight adults on calorie controlled diets which included at least 3 servings of dairy lost 70% more body weight than those trying to lose weight with minimal dairy. The fat loss was also in the abdomen, one of the hardest areas to budge weight.

Check out these delicious recipes prepared by the nutrition department of the Australian Institute of Sport that are easy to prepare and calcium rich.

Cheese and vegetable risotto
1 onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small zucchini
1 small carrot
1 ? cups Alborio rice
1 litre chicken stock
? cup Australian Gold Gouda Cheese

Soften the onion and add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, the small grated zucchini and a small grated carrot. Add Arborio rice and chicken stock and cook. Once rice is almost cooked, stir through grated Australian Gold Gouda Cheese, pepper and parsley to taste. Serve with salad.

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