6 Changes To Your Eating Habits To Support Weight Loss
It seems impossible to keep up with all the weight loss advice thrown at us these days and It seems to be changing by the minute. So we’ve decided to do a bit of myth busting when it comes to diet and weight loss. We’ve roped in the experts to pitch in and give us some healthy weight loss habits that won’t just fade away.
1. THINK PORTIONS
Managing your portions and getting it right is one of the biggest influencing factors when it comes to seeing results. It only takes a minute to squeeze in that second helping of dinner which can add an average of 400 extra calories, bad news for your waistline. Considering it could take you over an hour in the gym to burn off, you might want to rethink your portions instead. When it comes to portion control, the best advice is to start by filling your plate with as many vegetables as possible before adding other food types. You probably want 50% or more of your food serving to be made up of veg, the next 25% should be made up of lean protein and the final quarter should be wholegrain carbohydrates with a little bit of healthy fats on the side like avocado or nuts.
2. SNACK WELL
Snacking is a super important part of your overall diet. It helps avoid those dreaded cravings for high calorie foods and snacks which are caused by the release of the body's hunger hormone, ghrelin. The right mid meal snacks will help you stay energised throughout the afternoon and prevent a mid-morning crash and binge. The downside of snacking is that it’s an easy way to get carried away and consume too many calories, so here’s our advice. Keep your snacks high in lean protein and healthy wholegrain fibre, you’ll feel fuller for longer and more energised during the day.
If you want to slim down then you need to make hydration and water a top priority. It’ll help clear your skin and flush out all the toxins from the body. It sounds strange but staying hydrated will also help to reduce water retention as well as improving digestion and your metabolism. Believe it or not, drinking enough water will also improve brain function and concentration levels helping you stay productive. A university study showed that the human body has difficulty distinguishing between hunger and thirst which can lead to you eating when all you needed was a drink. The next time you’re feeling peckish, reach for a glass of the clear stuff before you start grazing. 2 -3 litres per day, in between meals will ensure you’re functioning at your best
4. PRIORITISE VEGETABLES
Rethinking salad and vegetables will go a long way in overhauling your lifestyle. We often see vegetables as a side thought when it comes to meal planning but you need to make them the centre of attention. We've said it before and we'll say it again, over half of your plate should be made up of vegetables. In doing so you’ll shave inches of your dress size as well as boosting the vitamins and healthy cleansing antioxidants you’re taking in. Not to mention all the benefits to your health, metabolism and digestion from all the fibre you’ll be consuming.
5. DON’T FORGET TO PREP
Planning and preparing your meal ideas and ingredients in advance is paramount when it comes to adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle. How? Easy, start by creating a weekly meal-planner with everything you plan to eat, you can then build your shopping list around it. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail when it comes to diet. Takeaways and Uber eats are often the result of not having anything in that night to eat so for convenience, you treat yourself. Let’s face it, you never feel that great after a greasy takeaway. Great planning will leave you feeling more satisfied and healthier, you can thank us later.
6. STOP MULTI-TASKING
Meal times are an easy opportunity to jump in front of the TV and catch up on Netflix or scroll endlessly on social media but im sorry to say it spells bad news for your diet. Studies have shown that eating whilst multi-tasking and watching TV will leave you feeling less satisfied and more likely to over eat. Make meal times a chance to relax and enjoy the good nutrition you’re giving your body, you’ll feel fuller for longer and your waistline will thank you for it.