1. Stop tracking calories
So you’ve heard that you need to eat 1,500 calories a day to lose weight? What if you ate 1,500 calories of cheese, pastries, mayonnaise and cream pies?! It’s not going to help you, you’ll carry on putting on weight like there’s no tomorrow. I find that it’s not about the calories, but the quality of the food that you eat. Tacking calories can create an unhealthy relationship with food, where you stop listening to your body and when it’s hungry. You don’t need to count calories or fat, you just need to work out a routine that works and stick to it. Eat healthy, wholesome food until you are full, then stop. You can always go back and nibble later if you need to!
2. Fruit is amazing
You probably turned your back on fruit years ago when the Atkins diet came to fame. Sugar is evil, even natural sugars, right? Fruit is actually a key source of essential vitamins and minerals that you need to repair your body and create energy. Fruit also cures a sweet tooth. If you go just one day without digesting the correct levels of vitamins and minerals, you’ll create a deficit that can’t be fixed by simply eating more healthy foods the next day! This is why we are told to eat our ‘five a day’! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body starts to repair itself when it’s provided with what it needs to heal.
3. Don’t eat after 7 pm
You need to allow your body at least four hours to digest your meal before going to sleep, as any food digested while you do is more likely to become fat.
4. Replace One Meal with a Smoothie
It’s so important to have a healthy breakfast that’ll give you the energy you need to start your day. Try having a healthy smoothie, like my Easy Energy Boost smoothie, every morning for breakfast, it’ll give you a boost and keep you full until lunchtime. If you’re not a fan of fruit you could try a protein shake instead, like Maxitone Scupltress.
5. Use side plate measures
Only ever eat what can fit on a side plate in one sitting. It’s better to eat little and often!