Be healthy, be happy
The majority of us are unhappy with at least one part of our bodies, but whether it's the muffin tops, bingo wings or thunder thighs, it can all be changed with a bit of work. Most of us are well able to get out there and get into the shape we want. You don't necessarily have to train seven days a week and hours on end.
Eating right is key. We here in Ireland are suckers for our carby friend, the potato. Simple things like switching to sweet potato or cutting down on standard spuds could make all the difference. Changing your pastas and rices from white to brown will also improve your diet.
Remember, portion control too is a huge way to battle the bulge. Instead of having three pork chops how about two, or even one? Eating little and often is a great way to boost your metabolism as is excersizing regularly. Eating right doesn't mean having rabbit food all day every day. If you like a takeaway, then rather than having it once a week, have it fortnightly. Most of us have the usual meat dinner accompanied with a carby side such as potatoes, rice or pasta.
When eating your dinner, start with the vegetables, then the meat, and if you are still hungry then start on your carbohydrates. The idea being you fill up before you reach the carbs. Also, don't forget to take your time eating, the most slowly you eat the more likely you will fill up more quickly. Wolfing down your food won't give your body time to realise you're full.
Have you a holiday coming up, a wedding to attend this year, or you are you just unhappy with your figure? Then you have a reason to get motivated.
Going to the gym or an exercise class a great way to lose weight or tone up if you lack motivation. Having a trainer or someone to go to a class with will make the experience that bit easier as you have support.
Maybe one of your friends is looking to get fit too, why not sign up for a class together? If your work schedule is unpredictable or hectic then you can exercise in the early morning or when you get back from work. Running is a great way to stay in shape, boost your energy and it's completely free! If you're not a runner you'll need to start walking first and make your way up. There are brilliant apps out there to help you reach your running potential. Try the couch to 5k app, it will get you running 5km in a matter of weeks.
The power of water
If you are finding it difficult shifting the last few pounds, it could be down to water retention. If you do not drink enough water, your body will hold on to every drop you consume. If you're exercising you will need to keep yourself hydrated. If you're at work bring a large bottle of water with you. Try and get the bottle empty by the end of the day and if you finish it before clock out time, fill it up again.
Be careful about how much you drink at one time, too much water in the body will mess with your sodium levels. We get the majority of our water in our food but the recommended amount of water a day is eight glasses. In the first few weeks, you may need to go to the bathroom a little more frequently but remember how good it is for your body.
One thing people get most frustrated with is not seeing results. It is going to take time, don't drive yourself crazy by standing on the scales everyday. This process is not going to happen over night. Also, remember that if you are going to be exercising regularly and for an hour or two a day, you need calories for energy. While dieting works for some people, it can be difficult for others. Just remember your portions, what your meal consists of and how much you need to work out to achieve your goal.