Rule n°3: Find the balance and lose the guilt
Sometimes, life seems like a never-ending series of birthdays, dinners and drinks parties. And each time, you reproach yourself for giving in to that slice of chocolate cake, or for going a little overboard on the crisps and canapés. But instead of depriving yourself and eating nothing for the next 24 hours, learn how to compensate without the guilt trip.
Guilt gets you nowhere
Dump the guilt! If your technique for compensating for that blow-out meal you had involves an entire week on vegetable soup, you’re putting your body under strain. The more you swing between excess and deprivation, the more your body stores it all up. It soon learns that each blow-out is followed by starvation, so it keeps it all – just in case! As a result, your body has a greater tendency to store fat that will then be hard to lose.
Adopt a positive attitude – enjoy what you eat, and compensate for any excesses as gently as you can. When you sit down to a good meal or give in to the temptation of a cream cake, enjoy every mouthful without guilt. Then simply be a bit more careful over the next few days, by eating less fat and fast-burning carbs without avoiding them altogether. Make sure you get a good breakfast, go for lean meat and green veg at lunchtime, and eat an apple if you feel the urge to snack before dinnertime. To help lose weight, drink water all day long and get some exercise – use the stairs, take a walk or go for a swim!
Top tip: Always keep some vegetables in the freezer, as they’ll come in useful when you’ve no time to cook. A few minutes in the fast cooker and they’re done!