Ever wonder how those girls can eat and drink whatever they like and never gain a pound? Well, genetics has a part to play, but with a little know-how and application you too can flaunt a leaner, slimmer figure. This article isn’t about body shaming, it’s about taking control. Here handy how-to guide are 5 ‘skinny secrets’ you can use to slim down safely, regardless of your shape or size!
#1. Keep it Simple, Silly!
Getting skinny is largely a numbers game, so don’t get caught up with crazy routines or useless powders when all you really need to know is that it’s the number of calories which determine the numbers on the scale.
It doesn’t really matter when you get your calories so much as where. New research has shown people lose weight regardless of when they ate. With that in mind, exercise is one of the best ways to tip the scales in your favour and is exercise! eat what you want
#2. Work it, Girl!
To accelerate fat loss and keep the dreaded ‘skinny-fat’ look at bay, it pays to get moving as fast and as often as possible. Any form of activity is better than nothing, but you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck if you boost the intensity. A high-intensity workout should push your heart rate up to at least 70% of it’s max capacity.
Skipping might be something you haven’t tried since 6th grade, but its actually the ultimate busy-woman’s fitness solution. Portable, simple and super-speedy, it’s a great interval-based cardio exercise, meaning it’ll get your heart rate up in short bursts – proven to be the best type of exercise for burning fat and building fitness.
- Start by trying five one-minute intervals, with one minute rest between intervals.
Your results will be even better if you throw in a couple of resistance training sessions a week. You’ll exchange flab for lean muscle and create a body that burns fat on autopilot. Here’s a fun bodyweight workout you can do anywhere, anytime. Follow-along and perform it a couple of times a week to burn fat and boost your energy levels!
#3. Eat Skinny-Snacks!
A quick fix between meals isn’t bad for you. In fact, just two simple snacks a day can help charge your metabolism for all-day fat loss. But don’t just reach for a bag of chips. A good snack has protein, fibre, and healthy fats to keep you full and fuel your muscles.
During the day snack on a nut bar or cheese and crackers to stop the cravings and avoid having anything sweet until after dinner. Other good options are mini tuna tins, yoghurts, frozen veggies and a small tub of hummus with corn cakes. Get skinny with these simple snacks and never go hungry again!
- Best snack for a desk-drawer: 2 tsp nuts, 4 tsp dried cranberries (836kj 4g Protein, 9g fat)
- Best snack for office fridge: 2 cups carrot sticks plus 4 tbsp hummus (878kj, 5g protein, 5g fat)
- Best anytime snack: 1 tbsp peanut butter (397kj, 4g protein, 8g fat)
- Best gym-bag snack: One banana (416kj, 2g protein, 0.1g fat)
#4. Re-think your Drink!
Did you know that you can consume the caloric equivalent of a cinnamon donut with just 2 glasses of wine? It’s scary, but true. Even working off a humble can of Cola can take the equivalent of a 50-minute jog! Ponder that the next time you reach for a cold beverage.
Most people don’t have a clue when it comes to the caloric content of their favourite drinks and unwittingly guzzle down calories they simply don’t want or need. What’s even worse is that the calories you find in soda’s, fruit juice and alcohol are ’empty’. They’re full of sugar and simple carbs and offer no real nutritional value.
So, what’s a gal to do? Enjoy them occasionally, not everyday. In the meantime, make water your best friend and supplement it with green tea and coffee. Don’t underestimate the power of water. It can do it all. Fill you up, boost your metabolism and crush cravings.
Hunger is often misinterpreted as thirst, so keeping a water bottle with you is a great way to stay topped up. Add lemon/lime, mint leaves, cucumber slices and or watermelon chunks to boost the flavour.
#5. Get the ‘Skinny’ on Sugar!
Cutting sugar is the easiest way to get and stay lean. Things like fruit & honey which are high In natural sugars are fine in moderation, but go easy on the processed sweet-treats, and keep a close eye on sauces, cereals, flavoured yoghurts and fruit juice to stay on the safe side. Read food labels and give any foods which list ‘high fructose corn syrup’ in the ingredients the flick.
#6. Slurp Skinny-Smoothies!
Let’s face it, eating healthy can be a real grind sometimes. We don’t always have the time, energy or patience to prepare the perfect meal or snack, which is one of the reasons why smoothies are just so good. Just throw in the ingredients, hit ‘blend’ and you’re done!
Unlike soda’s and other ready-made drinks, you can pick and choose your own ingredients based on your mood, taste and goals. Better yet, their creamy texture takes up extra room in your stomach, meaning you won’t be hungry again in an hour. Here’s just a short-list of healthy grab-and-go options you can use to stock your pantry and fridge.
- Chia seeds – Great source of fibre, Omega-3 and protein
- Oats – Sow-digesting carbohydrates, great for sustained energy
- Peanut butter – Loaded with protein and healthy fats
- Olive oil – Another great source of essential fatty-acids
- Honey – Great natural sweetener
- Protein powder – An easy way to boost your protein intake
- Cinnamon – A tasty metabolism-booster
- Yoghurt & Milk– h banana
- Fruit & berries – Loaded with belly-filling fibre and antioxidants
#7. Ditch the Celery Sticks!
Well, not entirely. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a nutritious snack (and taste great with peanut butter), but if you think getting skinny is all about noshing on just salads and celery sticks, you’re not going to get far. The only thing you’ll lose by filling your plate with ‘greens’ is your motivation. You need some protein, too!
Thanks to the thermogenic and metabolism-boosting effects of protein, you can winnow your waistline without even trying just by adding protein-rich foods like tuna, ham, salmon, turkey, cheese, eggs and goats cheese to otherwise bland salads and veggies. You can add further nutritional and fat-burning power to your salads by including fibre-rich foods like carrots, blueberries, capsicum, cucumber and mushrooms.
When in doubt, follow these 3 simple rules:
- Aim for moderate intake of low-GI carbs and low-fat protein
- Avoid ‘starchy’ carbs and trans-fats
- At each meal, fill a third of your plate with lean protein, and the remaining two-thirds with low-GI carbs (most fruit and veggies). Add a little ‘good fat’, like almonds or avocado.