uBeing permanently on a diet and skipping meals 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. Promote the sensation of fullness
Are you constantly hungry? The amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood at any one time largely influences your appetite. That's why I talk about how to balance blood sugar regularly with my one-to-one clients. If you learn to master your blood sugar, you'll naturally balance out hormones so you won’t get fluctuations in your weight, your cravings or your energy.
3. Ditch the counting
Diets and slimming clubs are obsessed with calories and counting, at the expense of essential nutrients (and health promotion). For example, ‘diet’ and 0% fat yoghurts are robbed of the fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K and are usually replaced with sugar or sweeteners. This can interfere with satiety hormones in the gut and quickly lead to hunger and more cravings. On the contrary, natural, full fat yoghurt will help fill you up and leave you feeling energised and satisfied. Let's face it, is natural yoghurt really the reason we are in the midst of an obesity crisis? Let's put things in perspective.
4. Choose your snack wisely
If you snack, swap the ‘diet cereal bars’ for real food. Try a protein snack such as a handful of cashews. Cereal bars are 100% refined carbohydrate and sugar - you may as well throw a load of paper on the fire. You'll burn through it in no time and you'll soon be 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 balls for a healthier option.
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 you'll soon be feeling much better.
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