The reality is that your diet should be what you eat for the rest of your life not just something you have to go through to lose a bit of weight! Theres a lot that you can learn about your diet, so forget trying to remember it all, why not make just one change today?

The short version:

  • Eat more fruit and veg
  • Be more active
  • Drink more water!

The Longer version

Here’s our dietitians favourite tips, why not come back to them from time to time to see what you change next in your diet?

Eat regular meals- at least three per day. This will prevent you from becoming too hungry and over eating later, don’t snack between meals.

Make sure your diet is made up mainly from fruit, vegetables and fibre rich foods like bread and pasta. These are filling, low in fat and good for you!

Use low fat substitutes for dairy products wherever possible, for example, skimmed milk, low fat cheese, cottage cheese and yoghurt.

Get used to taking your tea and coffee with skimmed milk and no sugar.

Do not be fooled by low fat biscuits and cakes, or you might eat the whole packet! Instead, allow yourself to a small portion of the full fat version, and savour it!

Don’t eat large, heavy meals last thing at night or your body won’t have chance to burn off those calories.

Make sure you have a healthy breakfast to kick start your metabolism.

Avoid frying food, instead use the grill which lets fat drip off the food.

Soak excess fat from food before serving on absorbent kitchen paper.

Replace desserts with fruit to satisfy the craving for something sweet.

Drink plenty of water and low calorie drinks to help you feel full.

Make yourself more active, climb stairs and walk all short journeys.

Do an exercise class or take up a sport, not only does this burn up calories but you’ll feel better and look more toned.

Choose the lower fat options when in restaurants, avoid fried foods and rich sauces.

Avoid using butter on bread, potatoes etc. If you must, use a small amount of margarine.

Don’t drink sugary drinks and beware of the hidden calories in alcohol.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, aim to lose weight slowly and to create a healthy balanced diet that you can happily live with and it will stay off for good! Allow yourself treats occasionally or you may end up bingeing.

Try and adopt a healthy attitude to food for life, rather than constantly being on a diet, that way you’ll be able to achieve and keep the figure you want.

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