ESS & DIET EXPERT
TRADE IN YOUR LATTE
That morning latte can contain around a fifth of your total daily calorie intake. Cut back to a small skinny cappuccino, or even better, downsize to an Americano. In just 10 days you could lose a pound from dropping a large latte alone.
DON’T FORGO TREATS
You don’t have to forgo everything tasty – just get food savvy. Switch from your usual muffin to a reduced fat croissant; switch your lunchtime flapjack to a small cereal bar to ditch thousands of calories a week.
Green tea is one of the closest things you can get to a cure-all. It helps to suppress appetite and increases your metabolic rate, plus it contains immune-boosting antioxidants too. Have two to three cups a day to see its effects.
RUN A BATH
A recent study found that soaking in hot water gives many of the same benefits as exercising – the heart rate is increased while your blood pressure is lowered. If you needed any more reason to enjoy a long soak, warm water relaxes tense muscles and both supports and reduces stress on the joints (medical researchers even recommended underwater exercise for arthritis patients).
BEWARE OF “HEALTH” FOOD
Light salad dressings can be high in sugar, while supposedly healthy smoothies and handfuls of nuts can all spell waistline disaster due to their high calorie and fat content, so keep portions small.