Not all of us can afford pricey gym memberships. And let’s face it: where do we even find the time? A fit bod may require discipline, diet and exercise – but fret not. The everyday woman can achieve a svelte figure with these six simple ways to lose weight the healthy way.
1. Stair Climbing
Works up a sweat and it’s absolutely free! All you need to do is find a high-rise building close to you (HDB flats are excellent; the higher the better.) Unlike heading out for a run, your exercise plans won’t be halted during a rainstorm. Plus, it’s a great way to suss out the cute guys in your neighbourhood!
Focus on tightening your core and gluteus as you lift your weight each stair. Once you reach the top of the block, take a lift to ground level and repeat. Avoid descending stairs, as the downward impact can strain your knees over time. Climb three times a week for 30 minutes per session, and you’re well on your way to a trimmer physique.
P.S your butt muscles are so going to thank you.
2. Forgo that Fruit Juice!
Here’s a secret that not many of us are aware of: contrary to its health-savvy promise of vitamins what-have-you, packaged fruit juices are a total calorie bomb. And it’s not good calories we’re talking about – these artificially sweetened nectars are packed with sugared syrup!
Go for the real deal (self-blended juices allow you to experiment with various flavours) or swap with regular drinking water. Can’t live without your fruit juice fix? Dilute half a glass with water instead.
3. Fast Food
Sometimes, a girl has got to have her cheeseburger- and that’s cool! You deserve an indulgence every now and then. Blotting oil from your fries may be a tad extreme for some people, so try this simple tip instead: replace your fries for a cup of corn or salad side. Better yet, ditch the carbonated drinks (a medium-sized cup of Cola contains 10 cubes of sugar!) for bottled water.
4. Psyllium Husk
This is the miracle health supplement to look out for. Psyllium Husk is known for its weight loss benefits due to the fibre’s filling nature. The powdered husk draws water in to become a thick, gel-like paste that fills your stomach up, so you’ll eat smaller portions and shed excess weight. It also functions like a scour to gently scrub away bad cholesterol within your intestinal tract, while giving you a hit of fibre in the process.
There are two ways to enjoy it: 1) mix 1 -2 teaspoons of the powdered husk into your breakfast cereal or oatmeal. Alternatively, you may also 2) stir it with water to form a paste. Consume 30 minutes before a meal, so you’ll feel fuller by the time you eat.
5. Caffeine Cravings
I’ll be expecting an angry mob if I ever dare suggest slashing out caffeinated beverages from your diet. But you should know that globs of condensed milk are used in food court or coffee shop varieties. This sabotages the calorie count of some of your favourite drinks.
Take a cup of kopi (black coffee with condensed milk) for example: a small serving racks up 113 calories. No big deal, you say? Have several cups a day, everyday, and your waistline will be paying the price. Try asking for less sugar. Or go sugarless altogether: a serving of Kopi O Kosong (black coffee without milk or sugar) rings in at just five calories.
6. Dance Dance Revolution
Okay, not that old school arcade game. I’m talking about you plugging in your amped up mp3 player. In the privacy of your room. Dancing like your life depends on whether you can squeeze in that two-sizes-smaller pair of jeans by tomorrow.
Seriously though, get moving and clock in some cardio with this easy weight-loss method. (I recommend Spotify’s custom playlists to groove to.) Thrash about and even flail your arms- no one’s watching! Just remember to lock your bedroom door when busting those moves: someone once walked in while I was in a bout of vigorous dancing. Awkwarrrd…
So, what methods do YOU use to stay fit and healthy? Share your tips in the comments section!
About the Author: Matthew Fam is a contributing writer of Material World, and has worked at Cosmopolitan Singapore as an intern and freelancer. He writes, performs for the stage, and teaches drama at secondary schools. Matthew enjoys museum visits, origami, and is passionate about Singaporean Theatre.
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