Ten tips to help you lose weight this summer

Does the sight of your bikini feel you with dread or delight? If it’s the former, this is for you – Enjoy!

  • Try drinking Green tea. A few cups per day will help speed up your metabolism and provide you with beneficial antioxidants in the process.
  • Drink some caffeine an hour before exercising. Research has shown that this helps the body start using up stored fat immediately. Usually, during exercise, the body uses its glucose stores first.
  • If you like to snack between meals, try filling up on celery, carrot and cucumber sticks dipped in low-fat salad cream or cottage cheese.
  • Try doing some cross-fit or HITT exercise. I swear by these short, high-intensity workouts. They halve your exercise time and deliver twice the benefits. Just make sure you have a medical check first – you need to be fit to do these kinds of workouts.
  • Try having some soup before your main course. Research has shown people tend to eat less when they start with soup. Just make sure it isn’t one of the creamed varieties!
  • Drink lots of water. As well as keeping you hydrated in the heat, it can reduce your appetite. Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty.
  • If you enjoy savoury snacks, you can save calories by eating some of the low calorie crisps we have in the UK, such as quavers or Wotsits. If you live in America, I know how hard it is to find a small bag of crisps! Try scooping a handful of cheesy puffs into a freezer bag and eat these instead. Treat yourself, but keep the portions small.
  • Keep portion sizes of meals small. Use a smaller plate so it looks like you have a full plate. Make sure the biggest item on your plate is your portion of vegetables. A portion of meat is the size of your outstretched hand and your carbs should be the size of your clenched fist, as a guide.
  • Walk more. If you take the bus, get off two stops earlier or, if you use your car to drive somewhere local, walk instead. It’s a great fat-burning exercise if you pick up your pace.
  • Get enough sleep. It’s been proven that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. It could be for a variety of reasons, from metabolic changes to stress; either way, try to take as much time as you can to relax and make sure you get your eight hours sleep most nights.