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Fact File - Top Tips - Eat To Lose Weight

It's a familiar story: You pledge to honour a daily fitness routine and count every last calorie. But soon, you're eating cupcakes at the office and grabbing crisps and pasties at the filling station, thinking oops diet!

There may be a better way for you: Swap the all-or-nothing approach for one or two healthy changes in your daily routine. Doing this can lead to more weight loss than you ever imagined. 

 

Some interesting facts –

Benefits of being a healthy body weight

  • Improved heart health
  • Decreased risk of some cancers
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Greater longevity
  • Improved energy

 

Although this is not an extensive list, here are some suggested foods to get you started.

Remember always aim for a healthy balanced diet, plenty of exercise and find time to relax. If you have certain medical issues, you may be asked to avoid some of these foods by your Health Care professional.

Vegetables and Pulses (Base half your meal on these and include at least two varieties at each meal)

  • Spinach
  • Curly kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots   
  • Mixed salad
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Courgettes
  • Aubergines
  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas

 

Whole grain foods (one quarter of your plate based on these)

  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown/wild rice
  • Whole grain bread
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Corn
  • Rye
  • Spelt

 

Fruits (aim for at least two whole fruit portions a day and choose a variety – great for a snack and dessert)

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Satsumas
  • Peach
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Orange
  • Banana

 

Protein Foods (one quarter of your plate based on these – lean varieties have less fat)

  • Pulses (lentil, beans, chickpeas)
  • Lean cut meat
  • Poultry without skin
  • Fish
  • Low fat natural yoghurt and milk

 

Tips – chew well and try not to overeat by watching your portion sizes. Keep an eye on your cooking methods by limiting extra fat. Remember to include regular exercise

More Interesting Reading -

Confused about fats and trans-fats? Inform yourself - here

 

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