Saturday, 27 October 2012

Tips to Curb Boredom Eating

Curb your boredom eating. Image by rob_rob2001
Boredom eating is one of the most common reasons for putting on weight. To be able to lose weight quickly, you need to curb the habit of eating because you are bored. Here are some ideas to help with curbing this habit and get back on track with your weight loss.

Get Moving

When you get bored, instead of eating, get on your feet and start moving. Go for a jog around the block, put on a fitness DVD for in the house or work run up and down the stairs. By doing exercise, you will feel better for it as the brain releases the happy chemicals that you need. You will also feel like doing more exercise as you realise how much better you feel. On top of that, you will lose more weight because you will burn calories instead of eating them!

Get Into a Hobby

This is the perfect time to find a hobby. It doesn’t need to involve exercise, as long as you enjoy it and it takes you away from the eating. Some ideas include photography, writing and dancing. Take your time to think about the things that you have always wanted to do but never thought you had the time for – doing something will take your mind off the fact that you think you are hungry.

Read a Book

When we get bored, it is common to turn on the TV, flick through the channels and munch on some biscuits. Instead of turning the TV on, pick up a book. This will help to keep you entertained since it will help you tell a story in your head. By keeping your brain busy, you will not be bored and will not want to comfort eat.

Go Round to a Friend’s

Sometimes all we need is comfort so call a friend and go for a visit. You may both decide that you want to go out somewhere or just sit in and talk. However, the problem with this is if your friend has biscuits and cakes. Be strong enough to say no to the snacks and just have a cup of tea.

Have a Long Hot Soak

When you get bored and are at home, take the time to have a long relaxing soak. This will give your muscles the change to really relax and will take your mind off the fact that you want to eat something. I tend to have a book, some candles and incense burning when I have a bath so I can really enjoy the relaxation. Take a glass of water with you to make sure you don’t get dehydrated while in the hot room.

Drink a Glass of Water

There are high chances that you are not really hungry but you could be thirsty. Before you even think about reaching for the snacks, grab a glass of water. This will also give you something to do, which helps to curb the need for boredom eating.

You do not need to sabotage your diet just because you are bored. Take the time to look at the above steps and find something that works for you. Mix and match them to your heart’s content; one thing may work one day but you need something else for another day.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Weekly Weight Loss - Week 5

This week I jumped on the scales and found that I lost 1lb! That I can definitely be happy with since a usual weight loss on Weight Watchers is between 1lb and 2lbs. So, what did I do this week?

I Stuck to Last Week's Plan

The truth is that I didn't do anything different, really. I stuck to the same plan this week as I did last week. The only difference, maybe, is less exercise. The weather has been shocking the past week and there was no way that I was taking my daughter out in the pram. We pretty much drove everywhere to make sure she stayed snuggley and warm. If it was just me then I'd happily walk in the cold, wet and windy weather.

I Still had Takeaways

We still had a takeaway on a couple of occasions. I just made sure that I pointed them so that I would lose weight. I may have slightly overdone the takeaways this week though as I hit very close to 0 on my weekly propoints before the weekend! If I did overdo it then I knew that I could gain some propoints back by doing activity.

The Plan for Next Week

So, I'm sticking to the same plan for this week. That means I will eat all my propoints and keep tracking everything. I am attempting to do much more exercise this week but we (still!) need batteries for the Wii remotes and board! We'll get there!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Weight Training for Weight Loss

Why is weight training good for weight loss? Image by KetuGajjar

It is worth setting up a weight training programme to help with your weight loss journey. While the best type of exercise to lose weight is cardiovascular, weight training is also beneficial. It will help to tone and build muscle while losing weight, which helps the body to burn fat calories instead of the ones stored in the muscles.

Speed Up Your Metabolism

Adding weight training will help to speed up your metabolism and help to burn calories, even when you aren’t exercising. It is a great way to lose weight quicker than just relying on a healthy diet and cardiovascular exercises.

Build Up Muscle

One problem with losing weight is that the body will take calories from the easiest places. The calories stored in the muscle are much easier than calories stored in the fat, so the body will go for those first. This is why people who lose weight quickly start to look like skeletons. Weight training will help to build the muscle, which avoids the skeletal look.

Women worry about piling on muscle and looking like a bodybuilder. Want the good news? That isn’t likely to happen. A woman’s body isn’t able to produce the amount of testosterone naturally to create large amounts of muscle. The weight training will simply help with toning and promoting fat loss.

Other Reasons to Include Weight Training

Weight training will also help with improving bone mass, increase your flexibility and your energy levels. Not only will you lose weight quicker but you will be healthier and feel great too. However, before you start looking into weight training, you should talk to your doctor.

Weight training is a great way to help your weight loss and improve your health. However, it will not help if it is the only thing you do. You will need to incorporate it with a healthy eating plan and exercise to make sure that you create a calorie deficit.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Weight Loss Week 4

My fourth week on Weight Watchers and I managed to lose 2.5lbs. That was a big surprise when I jumped on the scales as, by the end of last week, I would have been happy to stay the same! This 2.5lb weight loss has taken my total weight loss to 8lbs so far and meant that I received my first Silver 7 - my first target. I am now just 2.5lbs away from my 5% goal, which I should gain over the next two weeks.

What Did I Do Differently?

Surprisingly, this week I ate a lot more than the week before. I used up almost all my pro-points - I ended up with 9 weekly pro-points left by the end of the week! This was a major change to the week before, when I hardly touched my weekly pro-points. It showed to me that maybe eating the whole amount isn't so bad after all!

I also allowed myself to have takeaways and chocolate. I had an Indian takeaway, a McDonalds and a Subway within the week. I tracked everything that I ate to make sure that I didn't go over my points.

What About Exercise?

Unfortunately, I still haven't managed to get a routine with my partner to be able to start exercising properly. On top of that, the weather was horrendous on most days and I didn't think it fair to take my daughter out in her pram on the cold, wet, windy days. However, we did go out on the good days and spent some time walking around Glasgow city centre on Sunday afternoon and then walking around the local high street on Monday. I rarely point the exercise that I do since I never intend to use them up but I did point them this week and earned 5 activity pro-points in just two days of walking around with a buggy.

This week, I will still get out when the weather allows. The last few days have been bad though. My daughter also had her three month jabs yesterday so I won't be taking her out too much in the cold. It will probably be a late night McDonalds or Asda run while she struggles to settle today. However, I will be pulling the Wii Fit out. I keep saying it but it is time to actually DO IT! The problem is making sure my daughter is asleep upstairs instead of in the living room to be able to use the Wii Fit so I don't wake her up!

How is your weight loss going? I hope this is becoming some sort of inspiration to all those trying to lose weight. It will happen and there will be weeks that don't really go to plan. The good news is that you are not alone. Keep tracking what you are eating and get out there to do exercise. Losing weight slowly is actually healthier than a quick weight loss.

Good luck and I'll see you next week for my next weekly weight loss post.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Graze: Healthy Snacks Perfect for Weight Loss

When losing weight, part of the challenge is snacking. While fruit and vegetable sticks are the best options, they may not be something you want or even practical when it comes to snack time. Graze offers healthy options for snacking and a wide variety of choices, including breads, flapjacks and chocolate!

What Is Graze?

Graze is a company specialising in healthy, low calorie snacks. You receive four snacks in a box and each of the snacks are packaged separately. It means that you can take them anywhere you want and never worry about lids opening and a mess going everywhere in your bag. You choose when you want to receive the boxes and the number that you want each week.

Variety of Boxes Available

Their NibbleBox is the most commonly chosen box available but there are others available. The NibbleBox allows you access to all the different food choices while others limit your choices depending on the type of box. For example, the EatWellBox takes out many of the breads, the flapjacks and some of the chocolate options, while the BoostBox and LightBox cut down the options more to help stick to the healthiest choices available.

100s of Food Choices

There are 100s of different snacks available. You could have a box with flapjacks, dried fruit, seeds and crackers with dips. Graze chooses the items that will go into your boxes but look at the options that you like. Before ordering a box, you can go through all the food choices and select the ones that you want to “bin”. These will never be sent to you.

You can then choose the ones that you “like”, “love” and want to “try”. Graze will then make a selection from those so you get a good variety of the items that you love, like and want to find out more about. You can also choose items that you would like to receive soon by checking a “send it soon” box next to the items.

Deliver to Your Home or Work

There is the option to have your healthy snacks delivered to your home, work or anywhere that you choose in the UK. The items are sent via Royal Mail and there is no need to sign for them. This is great if you want something just to help while at work when the 11am coffee break comes around or waiting for you when you get home.

Want to know more about Graze? Visit You can find out more about the foods on offer, the types of boxes and more about the company itself. If you would like to try a box, they do offer the first one for half price. However, you can get your first box for free by using the code below:


Graze is something that I highly recommend. I can tailor the boxes to suit me and set up the foods that I want to receive soon. I receive them right at my door and, since they’re packaged separately, am only tempted to eat one section at a time. This helps with my diet and means that I have snacks for a few days instead of eating them all at once.

For those on Weight Watchers like me, the foods range between three and six propoints – at least the ones that I have received. The three propoint options are great for my mid-afternoon snacks during the week while I tend to keep the higher pointed options for the weekend, as a treat. However, it is possible to enjoy everything (yes, even the flapjacks!) in the box while trying to lose weight and the portions are just right for that 11am or 3pm snack.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Natascha Kampusch Movie Leads to Actress' Dramatic Weight Loss

Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped at the age of 10 and held in captivity for eight years. The new movie, 3096 is about the life that she led while held captive by Wolfgang Priklopi. Northern Irish actress, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, was recently spotted at the London Film Festival looking like dangerous thin but has revealed that it is all for the role in the movie.

The 30-year-old actress is well-known for her role in Lead Balloon and has never been overweight. However, recently she looks much thinner – almost as if she is anorexic. The star revealed to The Independent that it is method acting. She has created a similar situation to understand how the young Kampusch must have felt during her ordeal.

The film 3096 has gained the title from the number of days that Ms Kampusch was held in captivity. It goes through her life while being held captive in a basement, never seeing daylight and only knowing her captor, until escaping on August 23, 2006. The case sparked media interest instantly, especially since Priklopi committed suicide that day.

This is the first big break that Cambell-Hughes has gained after the TV show Lead Balloon and she has pulled out all the stops to show how committed she is. She was spotted at the premiere of Frankieweenie by Tim Burton, wearing a sheer light blue dress that left nothing to the imagination. Her spine and skeletal figure could easily be seen, sparking interest and questions immediately. She has also bleached her hair blonde for the role.

While Campbell-Hughes has slimmed down for her role as Natascha Kampusch, she is not the only actor to ever do this. Matthew McConaughey has also recently showed his extremely weight loss for his movie The Dallas Buyer’s Club which is about an AIDs sufferer. Renee Zellweger did the opposite to gain weight for her role in the Bridget Jones’ Diary movies on two occasions.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Weight Loss Week 3

This week I lost 1/2lb. This wasn't anywhere near what I wanted but as my Weight Watchers leader said - it's still a loss. At least the weight is coming off. What do you do when you have a much lower loss than you wanted? How do you handle the disappointment?

Looking at Where I Went Wrong

This week, I genuinely can't tell where I went wrong. I didn't eat out as much this week and didn't eat all of my propoints allowance. Maybe this is where I went wrong. However, I did eat 26 propoints each day, which is the minimum Weight Watchers tells you to eat; it was my weekly propoints allowance that I did not touch.

Feeling Better This Week

One thing that I will touch on is the fact that I feel better this week. I feel thinner and have more energy. I got out and walked a lot more with my daughter, which meant that she also got some fresh air. We got out every day and took a walk down the high street and back or to the train station to meet her dad once he finished work or uni.

One Week Every Four Weeks

Something that I noticed in the past with my weight loss and which I think may still be a problem is that one week every four weeks, I suffer a small weight loss, stay the same or gain weight. I become bloated once a month and know that I retain water and this leads to problems with weight loss. We shall see what next week brings as that should be a good loss as long as I am good with my plan.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

How to Get a Flatter Stomach

While losing weight may be a long term goal, getting a flatter stomach is likely to be something on your list in the interim. The stomach size fluctuates on a daily basis, whether from bloating, eating the wrong foods or due to weight loss or gain. Here are some top tips to getting that flatter stomach today.

Avoid Bloating Foods

Watching what you eat will help you lose weight and gain a flatter tummy area. Foods like curries, chillies and anything with spice digest quickly and lead to gas building up in the intestines. This gives the bloated feeling and leads to you looking like you’ve gained 10 pounds in the space of an hour or two.

Eat Pineapple Regularly

Pineapple actually contains an enzyme which helps with digesting protein. This is excellent to help lose that stomach quickly and easily. Pineapple juice will not do the same so eat fresh pineapple on a daily basis, especially if you do eat something that is bloating.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water helps the digestive system work quickly and helps with removing gas. It is also great for women during “that time of the month”. Water is generally good for you and you should aim to drink between six and eight glasses per day, which works out to be about two litres.

Chew Your Food

If you make your digestive system work harder, your stomach will bloat. Help your digestive system by chewing on every mouthful. This will also help you eat slower so you enjoy your food more and give your stomach the chance to tell your brain that you are full. You will eat less and lose weight much quicker.

Eat Little and Often

People were once told to eat three good meals a day. However, the amount that you eat during these meals often leads to bloating. You can get rid of your stomach by eating little amounts, often; try six smaller meals per day. This will also help you lose weight since you are likely to have smaller portions and eat healthier.

Exercise Regularly

Of course, exercise is a great way to lose weight and lose inches around your stomach. You should do a mixture of exercises and never concentrate solely on your stomach area. Cardiovascular exercises will burn more calories and help you shed the pounds quickly while weight training helps to tone the muscles. Try a mixture of exercise plans, including interval training to increase the heart rate and long endurance training to really feel the burn.

Eat a Balance Diet

Never rely on exercise to lose weight or lose inches around your tummy. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is the best thing that you can do. Control your portions and really think about what you are eating. There is no need to avoid your favourite foods; eat them in moderation as a treat.

The weight around your stomach will come and go on a daily basis. There are days that you will look and feel more bloated than others. While exercising and eating well, try the above tips to help control that bloated feeling.