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Now we’ve got that out of the way, here’s the tip we promised you.
Flab-Fighting Tip No. 20 – Whiten your teeth.
Bright gnashers are always attractive and one of those kits where you have put the bleaching gel in the rubber dental moulds and clamp them over your teeth for hours on end are relatively inexpensive and effective. They also make it totally impossible to eat.
Slather on the butter by all means – it’s a wholefood. Splash on the olive oil – it’s full of essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6, potatoes roasted in goose fat – similar make-up to olive oil – why not?
But a dodgy looking pie of questionable provenance full of hydrogenated fats and very probably animal bottoms, toenails and upper lips? Personally I wouldn’t.
Better still, don’t get bored in the first place. If you’re starting to feel peckish, throw yourself into the next task, project, or episode of Downton Abbey and attempt to get so deeply involved that the gnawing sensation in your middle becomes very much of a secondary consideration.
Attack each task with vigour and enthusiasm as if it were the most important thing you had to do ever, and tell yourself you can eat when it’s done. It’s all about mindset.
If you were right in the middle of auditioning for a part in a movie with your favourite star/ meeting the Queen/ phoning the lottery helpline with the winning six numbers or playing in goal for Chelsea, you wouldn’t be thinking about where your next sandwich was coming from, would you?
If you can swap the lift or escalator for a few flights of the real thing, do so.
If you work from home, work upstairs.
Running downstairs every time you want to raid the fridge will burn fat and using stairs generally is great for legs and bottoms. So run up and down them anyway. The winter our heating was on a go-slow and I huddled in the kitchen all day as my office was arctic, I soon saw the difference. Not in a good way.
Yes — you thought the reason you had an arse the size of Northampton was because you sat on it all day tweeting banalities about how many muffins you’ve eaten, but in fact research has proved that using Twitter can actually help you LOSE weight.
A study carried out by the University of Carolina found that those who posted updates about their diet on twitter and got support from fellow fatties, lost more of their body weight than those who didn’t. (This is my brief Sunday Summary — for the full scientific low-down click here)
So if you feel like sharing with the world, what you had for breakfast, you are not being dull and tedious after all, but Fighting the Flab! Pleased? Don’t mention it. xx