Women who wish to lose weight may find paying attention to these three points – how to eat, drink and exercise, most helpful. When is the best time to eat? When is the best time to exercise? All of these require the applying of some techniques.

When do you usually exercise?

Ideal timing: The weight loss effect is greater if you exercise before meals.

Reason: Reduces appetite and burn more calories.

It needs to be emphasized that the exercises must be sufficiently intense to be able to burn fats in the body and lower your appetite. Of course one of the reasons we recommend exercising before meals is that exercises with high intensity should not be done with a full stomach. Another reason is if you exercise fully before meals, the greater the intensity of your exercises, the less likely you will feel hungry soon. If you only do slight exercises, you may instead eat more than usual thereafter!

(Intensity of exercise=heart rate=(220-age)x65%)

When should we eat fruits?


Ideal timing: Before meals.

Reason: Reduces appetite at meal, and is nutritious.

Most people are used to eating fruits after a meal. But actually, if you eat fruits before your meals, not only will your body be able to absorb the nutrients better, and hence obtain more vitamins, but you will also feel fuller. Thereafter when you eat your proper meal, you will tend to eat less; this is a plus point towards your slimming goal!

What kind of drinks to go with meals?

deal choice: Having some lemon juice to go with your meal.

Reason: Facilitates digestion, reduces oiliness of food.

You may hardly have heard of this combination. Actually if you drink some lemonade, sip by sip, as you eat, it helps in digestion and at the same time, reduces the oiliness of your food! However, if you have a weak intestinal system, do not drink lemonade frequently. Also, drink those with a lower concentration, so as not to cause discomfort to your stomach.

If we want to fast, when is the best time to do it?

Ideal timing: After menstruation.

Reason: The period after menstruation is the golden time to slim down. The weight loss effect is huge!

Fasting is an intense way to slim down. Unless you need to slim down in a hurry, for example needing to rescue your figure from obesity after intense eating over the New Year, needing to slim down quickly for your wedding, nutritionists tend not to recommend this method of weight loss. If you choose to fast, remember to do it gradually in a “reduce food intake – fast – resume eating” way and do not do this for more than a week. Also, you may wish to fast after menstruation. By coordinating your fasting with the hormonal changes of your body, you can achieve a more obvious weight loss effect.

For how long should we exercise before stopping?

Ideal timing: It is best to exercise for 30 minutes or more.

Reason: Burns more calories.

In reality, it is good enough “as long as you exercise”. Compared to those who do not exercise at all, if you can exercise for about 10 minutes every day, you would be in a better condition. However, for someone with a weight loss goal, you need to impose a higher standard upon yourself. As the weight loss effect of exercises depends on the intensity of the exercises, you need to exercise continuously for at least 30 minutes for your body to start burning fats!

When should we drink soup?

Ideal timing: Before meals.

Reason: Increases the feeling of fullness.

For someone with an eye on weight loss, like you, should of course choose to eat food with low calorie content, such as Caesar Salad which is greatly recommended by nutritionists. For soup, clear vegetable soup should be your top choice. Forget about desserts!

When do you eat the 3 main meals?

Ideal timing: Breakfast: before 8 a.m.; Lunch: before 1 p.m.; Dinner: before 7 p.m.

Reason: Prevents the voracious cells in the body from fighting back

Do not skip meals just because you want to slim down. Your body has its own system in place. If you skip one of the 3 main meals, your body will increase its absorption rate during the other 2 meals, causing an adverse effect in your weight loss effort. The ideal way is to eat a fix amount of food in all the 3 main meals and eat them at a fix time. Do not vary your meal time by too much. Stop eating 4 hours before bedtime. Also, be more focus when eating. If you eat while watching television or newspapers, you may unknowingly overeat, hindering you on the road to weight loss.

When is the best time for exercising?

Ideal timing: Both daytime and nighttime are suitable.

Reason: You can burn calories in the day time. During night time, you can do stretching exercises to relax your muscles.

Choose the timing according to the type of exercise you do. It is recommended to do aerobic exercises in the daytime as the body’s metabolism rate at this time is faster, hence increasing the rate in which your body burns calories. And so, do exercises with a high intensity like jogging or swimming in the daytime. As for night time, you can do some stretching exercises. On one hand, this can help to relieve tense muscles, preventing thick legs, and on the other hand, you will sleep better after you have relax your muscles. The benefits are endless!

What should we drink at breakfast?

Ideal choice: Drink freshly made, sugar-free fruit juice at breakfast.

Reason: Increases intake of fiber, thus ensuring very smooth bowel movement.

Give up on coffee with milk and sugar, and of course milk tea is prohibited. Instead, drink freshly made sugar-free mixed fruit juice. You will thus consume fewer calories but more fiber, clearing your bowels and making your body feel lighter!

When do you usually drink water?

Ideal timing: Drink a large cup of warm water after waking up in the morning.

Reason:  Cleanses your body.

Drinking a large cup of warm water in the morning is the gentlest way to wake up your body. It also promotes bowel movements, hence facilitating the excretion of waste materials from the body!

Note: It is bad for your body if you follow a low-calorie diet for long periods of time.

Apart from these small tips usable in your daily life, you may inevitably choose to follow a low-calorie diet. However, nutritionists have reminded that taking a low-calorie diet for long periods of time may lead to a lowering of the body’s metabolism rate, hence gradually reducing any weight loss effects. For severe cases, it can even lead to anemia.