Our lives are becoming increasingly hectic. We are constantly rushing around from job to job and place to place. Our diet and exercise programmes are often the two things that will get pushed to one side. Use these top tips to stop the same thing happening with your nutrition.
1. Plan you meals. Plan your meals for the week ahead. Plan your shopping list and stick to it. This will be more economical and lead to less food waste as well as ensuring that you eat well all week. Remember, if you have food in your house, you are likely to eat it so make sure that the food you buy is healthy and wholesome and not sugar-laden junk!
2. Drink at least 2 litres of water. Keep a bottle of water on your desk or with you during the day. IF you haven’t finished drinking it by the time you get home then you haven’t drunk enough!
3. Ensure that you eat regularly through out the day. Three small meals and with two small snacks. This will help to keep hunger at bay and prevent you snacking on foods you know you shouldn’t.
4. Keep a selection of healthy snacks around you at all times. Try fresh OR dried fruit, nuts and seeds even rice cakes. Easy to carry and will stop you reaching for the chocolate bars.
5. Always eat breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day. Try adding additional protein as this will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Oats and eggs are a great store cupboard staple.
6. Avoid fad diets that promise quick fixes. Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. Eat protein, carbohydrates and fats. Cut out a food group and your body won’t thank you. It will crave for what it is missing.
7. Watch your portion size. Try using a plate with a rim and only use the inner rim of the plate. Fill up on vegetables and salad. BUT look out for those dressings and oils.
8. When eating out take a look at the menu first and choose what you are going to eat when you are NOT hungry. Take packed lunches to work. Control what you eat.
9. Eat clean foods and avoid stimulants. If you can’t catch it, grow it or kill it then don’t eat it. If your read a food label and are unable to recognise any of the ingredients then you probably should not be eating them.
10. Try to eat food that is a low GI food. This will maintain your blood sugar at a steady level, therefore avoiding insulin spikes and the laying down of abdominal fat.
Eating for fat loss is not always easy but by following these simple tips you’ll find it’s a whole lot simpler!