Forget any quick-fix ways to lose the weight – here are four things you should note before you get started.
If you decide to modify your diet, you should realise that you are going to eat regularly for the rest of your life, so an occasional radical change in your diet to the latest fad will not make a long-term difference. Ahead, we share four simple things to take note of if you really want to get started on shedding those pounds.
Forget fad “diets”.
Don’t ever deny your body a well balanced diet by taking up fad “diets”. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, some dairy products, nuts, carbohydrates and a little protein and fats. Limit your intake of refined sugars, salt, and saturated fats.
Learn to listen to your body.
If you are not hungry, say no to food. If your body wants food, give it something healthy to eat. If you fancy a midnight snack, eat a bowl of popcorn (no salt or butter), instead of a piece of cake. Sweeten cakes or muffins with fruit or fruit juices, not refined sugars. If you like to eat often during the day, snack on foods rich in fibre and complex carbohydrates, not cake and coke.
Don’t think that because you are fit, you have immunity against the effects of a poor diet. A fit person with a high fat intake will have the same chance of heart disease as an unfit person, or the same chance of adult onset diabetes if their diet is rich in simple sugars.