Popsugar.com has rounded up some expert advice from professional nutritionists on top ways for shedding pounds, some of which we’ll share with you here.
The first essential recommendation is to not cut out certain foods, but include more of the good stuff in your daily meals. As mentioned above drastic diets that cut out an entire food group can leave you unhappy, so how are you meant to enjoy your slim figure when you dislike life? Also, it’s more likely you’ll return to the bad foods and binge if they’re avoided entirely. Dietician Leslie Langevin of Whole Health Nutrition tells popsugar.com that cravings should be satisfied on a daily basis, though be sure to do it in the right way, for example a square of two of dark chocolate.
Another top tip is an obvious one; eat more vegetables! That doesn’t mean topping a pizza with plenty of mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes though as there’s no benefits there. Vegetables are not only high in fibre but low in calories, so you’ll feel full for ages without doing damage. Try swapping pasta for spiralised courgette, and making salads a delicious main meal by including chicken breast, fish or pulses if you’re vegetarian/vegan. You should also tuck into vegetables as snacks like carrot or cucumber sticks, along with a healthy homemade dip.
It’s a great help to track your intake of food as well to ensure you don’t overdo it. You may be starving when you reach the evening and want to prepare yourself a big meal, but by looking back at your foods from the day you might realise you don’t need as much as you feel you do. Portion control is essential too, and if you think you’re feeling hungry despite just eating, it’s probably a sign you’re in need of hydration. It’s important to avoid mistaking thirst for hunger.
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Don’t be embarrassed to plan your meals and snacks, though you want to make it varied as a regimented line-up will leave you bored and eyeing up naughty goods.
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