Here's the Little Black Dress diet


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Here's the Little Black Dress diet

You've eaten your way through festival, but don't let the festive weight bring you down. One of the first reasons why we ditch a diet is because it makes us see red. But by including the follow things in your balanced diet, you will make sure you stay on track with a smile on your face.

Check your calorie intake why:

It might sound strange but you need to make sure you're eating enough, whatever your chosen diet. Eat too little and you'll experience blood sugar fluctuations, which can lead to mood swings.

Fix it:

his means eating at least 1,400 calories per day - anything under that and you're not providing your body with enough fuel - or essential nutrients - meaning you'll just get grumpy!

Don't ban certain foods why:

Denying yourself a treat will make you cranky and eventually lead to bingeing, as your cravings inevitably get the better of you.

Fix it:

Allow just a little of what you fancy around twice a week to combat cravings. For example, munch around four squares of chocolate or enjoy a small glass of wine.

Give in to carb cravings why:

Studies have shown that people on crash diets often avoid carbohydrates which makes them moody as their levels of serotonin - the calming, happy hormone - drop.

Fix it:

Don't ban all carbs - choose complex carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index to feel calmer. This means swapping all things white for wholemeal bread, wholegrain pasta and brown rice.

Focus on folic acid why:

If you're eating less you may be missing out on this nutrient, which research has found can result in low levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin in your brain.

Fix it:

Even a little extra folic acid in your food can lift your spirits. Good sources are wholegrain cereals and dark green leafy vegetables; add some steamed spinach to meals.

Snack on selenium why:

Some studies have found that people who have low levels of this essential mineral are more prone to hostility and irritability. It's hard to get enough selenium from the typical modern diet, and eating fewer calories makes it tougher still.

Fix it:

You can get your daily dose of selenium from wholegrain cereals, sunflower seeds, tuna, and Brazil nuts.

Pack in the protein why:

People on diets often experience low energy levels, which in part can be down to eating too little protein or skipping meals.

Fix it:

Eat lean protein such as chicken or fish with every meal. And choose protein-rich snacks to avoid energy and mood dips - some yoghurt, skimmed milk or a slice of lean ham are good sources.
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Commander's of Penmai
Apr 4, 2011
valuable information viji....

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