- Eat with your less dominant hand
If you are following exante 5:2, during the 5 days of ‘normal’ eating, try and slow yourself down when eating so you don’t rush through your food. A great piece of advice is to put the spoon or fork in your less dominant hand – this can help you to eat smaller mouthfuls at a more steady pace, helping you to feel fuller for longer.
If you want to lose more weight, why don’t you try the exante 800 plan over the next few weeks up until the Christmas party? Consume 800 calories every day with this calorie deficit, which can aid loss you with weight loss and help you to feel incredible.
For the next few weeks why not go on a detox and skip the empty calories of the glass of wine or pint of beer? They are sources of hidden calories that could damage your calorie deficit. Avoiding alcohol could have a variety of health benefits, and one of them is to help you maintain a healthy weight. (1)
Also, limiting your alcohol intake should mean you have a better quality sleep so you feel refreshed and perhaps a little more motivated the next day to stay on track with your weight loss journey. (2)
- Set yourself weekly goals
Having a plan with weekly goals could only help you steadily lose weight and stay on track with your weight loss journey. Writing down your goals in a notepad or diary can make them feel more real.
Water is an appetite suppressant and the NHS recommends you drink plenty of water, and ensuring you stay hydrated throughout the day is important to your overall health. Also, sometimes we mistake dehydration for hunger, so staying hydrated could mean that you won’t fall into this trap of snacking when your body is actually craving water.
Using smaller plates has been shown to help some people automatically eat fewer calories. (4) You may remember the days of being a little child, and being told by your parents or grandparents to finish everything on your plate? It has almost been ingrained into our minds that we must finish all the food on the plate. To avoid over facing yourself, why don’t you try and offer yourself a smaller portion on a smaller plate? So your food still fills the plate, but there is actually less there. Trick your mind into thinking you are eating a full plate of food.
If you are following exante 5:2, during your 5 days of your non-fasting days, we recommend you still take care to look at how many calories you are consuming, look at the packaging of products before buying, or before you go to a restaurant check out the nutritionals of the menu so you can make smart decisions.