Keeping Cool in the Summer

In the good weather you find yourself wanting to drink more and are tempted by ice creams These things can sabotage your weight loss but they don’t have to if you make some sensible choices that will still be lovely but not high in calories.

Drinks

Water is great and calorie free unless you buy them flavoured in which case do check the bottle as some can be very high

If you are drinking alcohol have a wine spritzer with soda or a single measure of spirits topped up with a diet mixer

Or make up punch with low calorie lemonade fruit and maybe some wine with lots of ice.

Ice creams

Some off the most refreshing choices all these are low in calories.  All of these lollies can be enjoyed for less than  100 calories but if you need a bit of ice cream you  can have a Walls Exotic Solero for 104 calories.

Walls Chocolate Mini Milk 30kcal

Walls Strawberry Mini Milk 31kcal

Walls Vanilla Mini Milk 31kcal

Ribena Blackcurrant Lolly 43kcal

Bassets Refreshers Lolly 47kcal

A Zoom54kcal

Rowntrees’s Fruit  Pastille Lolly 58kcal

Walls Twister 76kcal

Walls orange Fresh Solero 77kcal

Nestle Fab 82kcal

Walla Funny Foot 83kcal

Mars Tropical Fruit Starburst 94kcal

Walls Solero Red Fruits   99kcal

 

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Do you need to buy special foods

The weight loss industry makes a lot of money by encouraging us to buy branded weight loss products.  I found a really good example of this which just might make you think and also save money. I bought  a  packet of 8  Weightwatchers Ginger Crunch Cookies for a £ (from  Poundland) total weight 152 grams and a packet of 25 McVities Ginger Nuts which cost me 54 pence from Morrisons total weight 250grams. If you take a look at the labels you will probably be shocked as  I was, each Weightwatchers biscuit has 44 calories and is 0.5 grams smaller than a McVities gingernut which has 47 calories. If you compare them per 100 grams the calories are exactly the same.  The fat is lower in the McVities but the sugar higher. The only benefit I can see in buying the Weightwatchers product is that the biscuits are in packs of two helping you to stop at 2 biscuits but equally meaning you would probably eat both biscuits not just one. I know it is unlikely that anyone stops at one but if you have the will power and want to watch your pennies as well as your lbs (£s) don’t always think you have to buy products that are promoted to help you lose weight but with a high price tag!

 

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Do you know how much weight you are carrying

If you know or have decided that you are overweight but can’t get motivated to anything about it you might want to try this experiment.

Whatever weight you think you need to lose whether it is 1 stone 2 stone or more, try putting the same weight into a shopping bag or suitcase and pick it up.  You will be surprised firstly how much even a stone is to pick up but equally the amount of effort it takes to do this.

I lost just over 5 Stone to get to my ideal weight and when I put the equivalent amount in bags I actually couldn’t pick it up-so how had I expected my body to cope carrying all that extra weight all the time.

I know I certainly wouldn’t want to go back to that weight and you might find this small experiment is just the motivation you need to alter your eating habits and lose weight.

You will be surprised just how much more energetic you feel when you rid yourself of excess baggage!

Enjoying eating out

When you are trying to lose weight one hurdle can be eating out with friends and family.

If you make the right choices and plan it doesn’t need to be.

I had a lovely meal at the Bilash Restaurant in Rugeley on Friday Night where I chose a Tandoori King Prawn Starter and Chicken Tikka served with Salad as a main.

Knowing the things you can safely choose from restaurant menu is part of your tool kit for a healthy happy life and at Weight away I will always help you to develop your own personal strategy to keep you on track

 

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