THERE are so many different diets, meal replacement programmes and eating plans that promise to shed weight and make us skinny that it can be difficult to make sense of it all.
When it comes to weight loss, I always think ‘health first’, which is why I am not a fan of dieting, calorie counting or any kind of restriction. Instead, my approach to weight loss is to think about striking a better balance and getting back to eating real food. Work out how to eat to be as healthy as can be, and you will work out how to lose weight healthily.
The difficulty can be working out what a healthy diet really means, and our perception of healthy food has been skewed in favour of the messages we have been given by a very influential diet industry.
Over the years we have been told that the only way to lose weight is to restrict calories and cut out fat, or to restrict carbohydrates and eat lots of protein.
Oh, and by the way, while you are at it, you can buy lots of these bars, treats and ready meals to help you out.
Take a closer look at any of these highly processed diet foods and you are likely to find a whole list of ingredients that wouldn’t look out of place in a science lab, or a dose of white and refined carbs, with a sprinkle of sugar or artificial sweetener to sweeten the blow.
If you have loaded on the lockdown pounds and are keen as a bean to shed some weight, then here is what I would suggest you do about it:
1. Get moving
When we exercise we feel better, and when we feel better we are more likely to make healthier choices. Move your booty and get exercising for 30 minutes a day. Do what makes you happy – swim, gym, walk or cycle. Whatever floats your boat, as long as you are moving.
2. Eat real food
Get back to basics and eat food in its natural state. Whole, unprocessed foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, natural dairy products, beans and lentils, meat, fish and chicken and wholegrains …….