Now that Christmas is over, many people are looking to shed those post-Christmas pounds as soon as the new year begins. Many people even have weight loss as one of their New Year’s Resolutions. But what is the best way to lose weight? Here are my top tips for healthy weight loss:
- Fill your plate with colourful fruits and vegetables. They are high in essential nutrients and low in calories so you would need to eat a lot in order to gain weight compared to a chocolate bar. Try to have more veg than fruit as fruit contains sugars (which are natural but too much is not ideal). If you’re not one for fruit and veg, try to hide it in food such as cottage pie or smoothies.
- Think about what you’re drinking. Liquid calories count too. Many soft drinks contain large amounts of sugar which cause them to be very calorific. If you’re not keen on plain water, add some natural favourings such as lemon juice.
- Include protein in all of your meals. Protein is slower digesting so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. That means we’ll be less likely to reach for the biscuit tin. Examples include white poultry (i.e. chicken), eggs, beans, lentils and nuts.
- Choose unrefined carbohydrates (i.e. wholegrain breads and pasta or brown rice) over refined sugar carbohydrates (i.e. white breads and pasta, cakes and pastries).
- Take a packed lunch to work with you so you won’t feel tempted by the unhealthy options in the canteen or local shops.
- If you need to have a snack in between meals, don’t reach for the chocolate bar and opt for carrot sticks and hummus or a mix of dried fruit and nuts.
- Get some exercise in. This could be walking, the gym, swimming, yoga, etc.
- Don’t become obsessed with scales. Scales will measure your overall weight but will not take into account your level of body fat or muscle. Measure your body to be able to see inch loss.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!