As I discussed with Kaye Adams recently on BBC Radio Scotland, being permanently on a diet and skipping breakfast is not a recipe for a happy, healthy life. Sadly, lifelong dieting is the reality for so many people. I’m here to reassure you that doesn’t need to be the case.
1. Focus on the quality of your food
Turn your attention to the quality of your food instead of the number of calories or points in your food. That means choosing wholefoods which naturally promote satiety, such as certain good fats, good quality protein and fibre.
2. Balance your blood sugar
Blood sugar balance is about balancing out your hormones so you don’t get fluctuations in weight because the amount of glucose in your blood largely influences your appetite. This means combining protein with fibrous foods (such as vegetables) at meal times. This is something I talk a lot about with clients in my one-to-one consultations
3. Ditch the counting
Diets and slimming clubs are obsessed with calories and counting, at the expense of essential nutrients (and health). For example, ‘diet’ and 0% fat yoghurts are robbed of the fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K and are replaced by sugar. Sugar upsets hormone balance and quickly leads to weight gain, predominantly around our waistlines.
Skimming off the fat in yoghurt means you are left feeling hungry sooner and craving more food, as well as losing out on those important nutrients. On the contrary, natural, full fat yoghurt will help fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Let's face it, full fat (natural) yoghurt is not the reason we are in the midst of an obesity crisis.
4. Choose your snack wisely
If you snack, swap the sad ‘diet cereal bars’ for real food. Try a protein snack such as a handful of cashews. Cereal bars are 100% refined carbohydrate plus sugar and will leave you feeling sad, unsatisfied and wanting more. If you work in an office, no doubt you will be challenged by the office 'feeder' on a near daily basis. Bringing in your own healthier sweet treats can help. Try these energy bombs or find out more about my personalised cooking classes
5. Prioritise your health
Planning your meals and cooking your own food helps you take back control of what you are consuming. Otherwise, there is no way to truly know what you are consuming. Read my 15 tips for better meal planning and have the confidence to shun the office feeder for good!
If you feel lost in the kitchen enquire about my personalised cooking classes
Ultimately eating real food, exercising and good sleep hygiene are the most important factors to focus on when weight loss is your goal. Contact me for a personalised nutrition plan to help you set realistic targets and help you achieve your weight loss goals.
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