Putting it into Practice To Help You Lose Weight
Start Your Day With a Healthy Breakfast
Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
Research has found that people who eat breakfast find it easier to control their weight and are slimmer than those who don’t. For ideas on breakfasts which include wholegrain, dairy, fruits, vegetables and protein foods
Get Plenty of Fruit and Veg
Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. These are filling and are generally low in calories, key components for a weight loss plan.
Eat 3 balanced meals a day.
Try to have them at planned times, so you get used to eating regularly. Only include snacks if you find yourself physically hungry.
Healthy snack options include fresh and dried fruit, a small handful of unsalted nuts, some plain popcorn without added sugars and salt, or unsalted rice cakes.
Divide Meals into Quarters
When serving up a meal, mentally divide your plate into quarters. Serve your vegetables first to fill half your plate, starchy foods such as rice, potatoes or pasta should cover a quarter and the remaining quarter with meat, fish, eggs or beans.
Serve up on smaller plates.
Studies have found that if we serve up large quantities of foods we’ll end up eating more, despite being equally happy on less.
Limit Your Fatty Foods
Limit the amount of sweet, fatty and salty snacks.
Don’t drink your calories.
It’s important to stay hydrated but rather than reaching for a sugary drink, choose sugar free alternatives or even better choose water which is convenient, cheap and calorie free.
If you drink alcohol, moderate it. Alcohol is high in calories and can weaken your dietary resolve.
There’s no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods. But depending on the balance of foods we can have good or bad diets.
Making healthy food choices to reduce the overall calorie content, but still ensure we get all the nutrients needed for good health, is a great starting point towards a nutritious, sustainable weight loss plan.