Originally appeared in Armidale Independent on .

1. Eat more often
BY spacing out your meals to every 2.5-3 hours you’ll help yourself lose weight. Instead of eating three large meals a day, divide this into six smaller meals.
Not only will the more regular flow of nutrients into your body raise your metabolism (and burn more fat in the long-run), you’ll also feel less hungry.

2. Don’t forget breakfast
RESEARCH has shown that people who miss breakfast find it harder to lose weight.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is essential for getting your metabolism firing. Let this be your biggest meal of the day. After all, you’ve starved yourself for at least eight hours while sleeping.

3. Take your time
AFTER you’ve eaten, it can take up to 20 minutes for your brain to register that your stomach is full. Don’t rush your food. Savour every mouthful. The more slowly you eat, the fuller you’ll feel.

4. Drink enough water
WATER is a fundamental part of our lives. It’s easy to forget how completely we depend on it.
Aside from aiding in the digestion and absorption of food, water regulates body temperature and blood circulation, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and removes toxins and other wastes. Water also plays a major part in weight loss.
Since water contains no calories, it serves as an appetite suppressant and helps the body metabolise stored fat.

5. Try not to eat before bed
IF you’re trying to lose weight, this is an excellent tip. Energy levels plummet while we sleep so it’s harder for our bodies to burn excess calories eaten late at night. Save your food for when you’re awake.