We’ve all been there. You’re feeling bloated after having one too many chocolates and you’ve put on your favorite jeans, only to find that they don’t fit you anymore. Before you consign them to the rubbish bin, here are some tips on how get rid of the excess pounds.
Foods That Are Full Of Water
A quick and easy way to lose the pounds quickly is stocking up on foods that are full of water, such as cucumber, celery and watermelon. These can all help you to lose weight.
They are full of water, so they can help your body to shed the pounds by encouraging you to lose more water. The downside is needing to use the toilet more often, but it’s a painless way to get rid of unwanted extra pounds.
The next tip is along similar lines, but it refers to drinks, rather than food. Drinking green tea and water every day will flush out the toxins, which also helps to burn up more calories. As an added health benefit, green tea is an antioxidant, which is thought to help prevent certain cancers.
Most of us struggle to summon up the enthusiasm to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, so next time you’re losing the will to drink them, just think of the pounds you’ll be shifting while you sip, and the extra benefits that it will bring to your overall health.
We all know that too much salt is bad for our health, but there’s another reason to give it a wide berth. Salty foods make you retain water, which in turn causes you to become bloated. This is why many women complain of a bloated stomach.
Bloating in the ankles is also not uncommon. Salt is not the only element of your diet that makes you retain water. Dairy products, wheat and gluten are also major culprits. That’s not to say that you should cut them out of your diet altogether, as you still need them, but it’s best to cut down if you regularly suffer from bloating and water retention.
The best food options are steamed vegetables and fish, but you can’t live on those alone.
A full body wrap is a slightly more extreme way of shifting extra weight, and they’re particularly good for trying to get rid of those last few pounds that just don’t want to leave. In fact, a detox body wrap can remove up to six inches of fat in a single session.
There are certain cons to the procedure though. You’ll have to wear a pair of highly unflattering G-string pants made from paper, but that’s a small price to pay for waving goodbye to those stubborn pounds.
If you can’t summon up the enthusiasm for the body wrap, you can always try something a little less radical. For those of you who are feeling a bit flush, and have spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, St Tropez have brought out a self-tanning spray called Body Shading.
This works by giving you the basic all-over tan, and then shading the less than perfect areas with an extra tan. Admittedly, it does sound very much like Shaders and Toners, but the end result is that you really do look thinner than before.
By shading the areas that are a little flabbier, it fools the eye into thinking that they’re not flabby. On the plus side, it doesn’t sound as traumatic as some of the previously outlined procedures.
On the minus side, it’s likely that you’ll need to reapply the product as it starts to wear off, and being an all-over self-tan, it probably works better when you’re preparing to bare your pasty and not-so-perfect bikini body on the beach. After all, it seems a lot of hassle to do on a regular basis when most of your body is covered with clothes.
If you ever need an excuse to get exercising, this is it. An intensive forty-five minute session of cardiovascular exercise (think running, brisk walking, rowing machines and exercise bicycles) gets you sweating out the nasty toxins in your body, which in turn helps you to sweat out the equally nasty extra pounds that you’re struggling to shift.
Just three or four sessions should make a big difference, and that will extend to your general health and fitness too. If you suffer from problem skin, regular exercise will help to improve this as well. The key word here is regular – you’ll need to be exercising on a regular basis to lose the stubborn pounds in the first place, and then to make sure that they stay away.
It also means that you can eat that extra chocolate or three without feeling ultra guilty about your waistline, because you’ll be burning off the calories soon afterwards. So what are you waiting for? Get on the treadmill, pronto!
Tried-And-Tested Wardrobe Advice
Another relatively simple slimming trick is the tried-and-tested wardrobe advice. As anyone who’s ever tried to use their wardrobe to their advantage in the slimming stakes can tell you, anything that is dark-colored can work miracles when you need to look thinner in an instant.
This is especially true of black, although too much black can make you look like you’re on your way to a funeral. Decide whether you want to slim the top half of your body or the bottom half, and wear a dark piece of clothing on that half, with a different color on the other half to balance things out.
As well as colors, you can use the cut of your clothes to your advantage too. Tailored fits do a good job of covering up your stomach, which is a problem area for many women. Wide belts will also hide your stomach and take the attention away from it. Anything with a low waistline can also work wonders, and wrap-around tops are good buys.
Slimming Body Suit
JML Direct introduced the Slimming Body Suit in 2006, and these are available in most high street stores in the UK. For those of us in the US, there are also available on the Internet. It is worn under your clothes and works by “smoothing” the lines of your body to make you look slimmer.
As you can see, there are some simple ways to wage war against your unwanted pounds. Some are more drastic than others, although it should be pointed out that the tips that will work the best are the ones that require more effort, such as the body wrap, the body suit and regular exercise.
The less drastic tips such as food, drink and your wardrobe are good tips if you’re looking for a quick fix. For example, if you get a last minute invitation to a party, and need to look good in a matter of days, these tips might work well, but they do not come with any guarantees of long-lasting slimness. The best way to get rid of the extra pounds and make sure they don’t come back is regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.