So carrying on with our theme of the ‘Simple Series’, today we have our very own Dr Sally Norton giving her expert advice on weight control!
DR SALLY’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR WEIGHT CONTROL
- Avoid processed food where possible
If you have to study a label to find out how much sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and other additives there are – it is best avoided. Processed food is often stripped of fibre, low in vitamins and minerals and packed full of nutrient-poor calories. If you cook and prepare real food from scratch, you are likely to be providing your body with premium fuel and it will function far better as a result.
- Beat portion distortion
Portions are out of control – we are eating larger amounts by the decade. Super-size high street drinks and buckets of popcorn are now the norm. Simply eating from a smaller plate and getting portions back into perspective will help you shed the pounds with minimal effort.
- Ditch the sugar
Full of calories but totally lacking in nutritional value, we are eating more and more of the white stuff. It can be addictive with effects on our brain similar to hard drugs and may contribute to diabetes as well as obesity. Ditch it completely or at least try to keep to the recommended limit of 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day.
- Keep hydrated
A glass of water before meals has been shown to reduce the calories consumed. What’s more, we sometimes think we are hungry when in fact, we are thirsty. But don’t reach for soda or juice which are high in sugar. Get a taste for pure water and your body will thank you for it.
- Sleep well
Studies show we are more likely to reach for high-sugar, high-fat foods when tired. So, a good night’s sleep is an easy way to help your weight-loss efforts.
We hoped you enjoyed these top tips, comment below and let us know if they’ve helped you below, or if you have any tips of your own?
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