The other day a friend and I were talking.
"But how in the world do you maintain your weight? You must be dieting all the time," she said.
I told her I really wasn't and I do indulge in whatever I like to eat. (Puttu Kadala from Kerala remains my all time favorite food)
But the one thing I do is that the moment my weight crosses 53.5 or 54 kilos (I am 5' 4" tall. So it's very much on the lower side of 'ideal weight') I step up the exercise and cut down on calories. I have maintained this weight for past many many years. (I did work hard to burn off all the pregnancy weight after having my two children). Many people write to me asking what is my secret. I have written posts about weight-loss in the past. You can read them here and here. (and there are more links in those two posts as well)
Recently, (last 20 days) I managed to lose three kilos (had really indulged in yummy food when I went to Kerala on a vacation) and since so many are asking me what I do, I thought I would once again write a post on it.
Here are five not-so-hard ways to lose 2 kilos in a week or at the most ten days.
Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor before attempting this, as I am no expert and merely telling you what worked for me!
1. Zero Sugar: Take absolutely no sugar in your coffee/tea. It will feel very weird at first. But gradually you get used to the taste. Take no sweeteners too. Just plain coffee/tea with no sugar at all.
2.Take Green tea: If you feel a strong craving to drink something, make it green tea. (Just a cup of hot water and dunk the tea-bag in). You get plenty of flavors of green tea at any super market. Green tea is said to have a lot of anti-oxidants.
3. Walk 20 minutes on treadmill: I have invested in a really good state- of- the- art treadmill. It travelled with me all the way to UK when I moved countries and came back with me to India when I moved base again :). I use the 'weight-loss' setting on it. It alternates between walking very fast (6.5 km/h) for four minutes and then walking slow (4km/h) for four minutes. Essentially what happens is when you walk fast, your heart rate elevates. Your heart continues to pump blood at that same pace even when you walk slow. It's a super way to 'fool your body' and burn that fat. there is no excuse for not walking every single day. Even if your body protests and groans, push yourself and do it.
4.No to alcohol or fried food: This was super hard for me as I do really really love and enjoy my drink! I gave up totally on alcohol and any kind of fried food. (I do love potato chips and Murrukus and all the savories!). If you feel discouraged and unable to resist, tell yourself it is only for ten days. Say NO. Be determined.
5. Drink a LOT of water. Most of us do not take adequate water. We feel tired many a time, simply because we are not aware just how much water out body needs. Drink half a bottle of water (500 ml) as soon as you wake up. Keep drinking water through out the day. What I do is keep one 2 litre bottle filled just for me (with my name on it!) so I know how much I have consumed. I don't do this on a daily basis of course. Just when I am super focussed on losing weight.
6. Suryanamaskars--Do it! If you have never done Yoga before I recommend taking the help of a yoga instructor. I do about 15 and on some days 20, apart from other asanas. It is excellent for over-all toning of all the muscles in your body. Watch this video.
Another thing which I do to keep myself fit is using TRX, thanks to Ajay (a very good friend) who gifted it to Satish and me. He uses it regularly and has managed to lose some 15 odd kgs so far!(but then he is one of the most determined individuals I have ever come across).
The TRX is truly one of the best gifts we have ever got.
If you want even more inspiration to lose weight, just look at what my good friend Niall Young accomplished with just walking. He promised himself that he would gift himself a fabulous body before he turned fifty and oh how he succeeded! His success story is a MUST read. Click here to read it.
The key to any weight loss attempt is DETERMINATION and CONSISTENCY.
Just push yourself towards the goal even on the days you don't feel like doing anything.
You will be rewarded when you see a super fit body. (Reward yourself by buying some nice sexy outfits if you have accomplished your goal! :) That is what I do!)
Good lucks folks! Hope these tips help!
Any questions or any more tips(on motivation as well as on weight loss) that anyone wants to share, please do leave them in the comments section and I will be happy to update this post with an addendum of all the tried and tested tips.
So go ahead and share!
ps: I guess the regular readers have noticed, I am trying to do a new post every day :) This is an 'unofficial' blog marathon. (am afraid to commit to an official one as I have far too many engagements right now. But yes, I am trying hard to post every day. :) Nice? Makes you happy? Say, say!
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