We all know dieting sucks! Almost never seem to work. It works for some of us short term, but most of us would like it to work long term. Take a look at these easy tips below, these will slim you down. I see a lot of us ladies torturing ourselves about losing weight. If you ask me a mother of 5, I feel losing pounds doesn’t have to be torture.

Speaking from experience try adopting at least three of these tips below — they’re simple to integrate into your daily routine and you’ll be thinner, healthier, more energetic and you still keep your new figure.

1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Start your day with a glass of water. Your body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just a way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. A glass of water lets out all your digestive juices and greases the insides of your body. Drinking a glass of water before you start your meal, naturally makes you feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself. The wonderful thing about water is that – it has no calories at all!

2. EAT A BIG, BALANCED BREAKFAST

Breakfast they say is the best meal of the day. Your breakfast made up mostly of carbs and protein with some fat keeps your blood-sugar levels steady and keeps hunger pangs away, so you don’t fall victim to pigging out come lunch. Eating something satisfying for your stomach and fills you up — like porridge oats, egg whites and turkey bacon with whole-wheat toast. When I have my oats for breakfast, I can go on longer without snacking until lunch time. Even during lunch, I find myself still not very hungry.

This makes me eat a smaller portion for lunch. Come on, give it a try.

3. SCULPT THREE TIMES A WEEK

Believe it or not – the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be, you use up more calories as you go about your day. To build up and maintain muscle mass, try doing 5 minutes each of push-ups, lunges and squats. I do these every morning having 30-second intervals between each exercise, it really helps.

4. EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES

You want to lose weight fast? Eat lots of vegetables. Vegetables are your best bet when it comes to fast weight loss. Leafy green vegetables are your best bet. Try to include a salad in your diet always.

5. HAVE FRUIT TWICE A DAY

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Eating fruits is not only healthy but also fills you up and leaves less room in your stomach for high calorie foods. Fruit has no fat and is mostly water. I know some fruits have carbohydrates as well, this is the good kind, don’t freak about fruit’s carb count.

6. STAY ASLEEP LONGER

I am aware that mums and new mums can’t indulge in staying asleep longer, because we have to attend to the children. If you have any opportunity to grab an earlier night sleep and also to wake up later than you normally do, please do sleep. Don’t worry too much – things you haven’t done will still be there when you wake up. When you are well rested, you are able to make better food choices and you’re less prone to snacking out of fatigue or stress.

7. SNACK, BUT SMARTLY

If you have to snack, make sure it’s a protein-packed snack. These fill you up more and reduce hunger pangs for longer.

For example – stick of string cheese, a tablespoon of peanut butter on a piece of fruit, or a boiled egg removing the yolk.

8. TURN OFF THE TV

Sit down at your table to eat your meal without distractions from the television, or talking on the phone or texting. I have found that when I have the television on, I tend to overfeed. So I stop eating in front of the television and I avoid any distractions whatsoever. I actually eat less; this system is helping my weight loss regime.

9. STEP ON THE SCALE DAILY

This helps you know immediately the days you weigh heavier, instead of your weight gain coming as a total shock top you. They say knowledge is power! Knowing you have put on a pound or so, will motivate you to workout harder the next day.

10. VISUALIZE YOURSELF THIN

The art of visualisation is a powerful tool for your personal development. It’s used and works well in situations when you want to establish new habits, improve your health, remove your fear of public speaking or learn new skills.

When you feel you are losing your determination, summon up a mental picture of yourself when you looked and felt slim. The visual motivation keeps you focused on your goal to lose weight and reminds you that it’s definitely achievable.