Food- we all love it, we all need it. But most of us eat too much of it! 65% of people eat too much of the ‘Bad Stuff’ and not enough of the ‘Good Stuff.’ Our Personal Trainers are experts at offering nutritional support.
If you want to make a change to your eating habits, (and of course you must actually want the change), you have to make small changes over a period of time. Fad diets such as the no carb diet you may have read about really are a waste of time. They may work in the short term but you will end up craving all the foods you wanted to avoid!
A balanced diet is what you should be aiming for and it means exactly that- balanced. Eating a variety of nutritious foods, including your 5 a day, and exercising regularly means that the occasional glass of wine at dinner, or that chocolate dessert, won’t do any harm.
If your not sure what I mean by nutritious foods, here is a simple guide on what sort of things to eat to help towards that Balanced Diet.
7am-9am Breakfast- the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast is vital for anyone who wants to lose weight, as it kick starts the metabolism. Try; 2 x Weetabix with semi-skimmed milk and strawberry’s; Porridge with a spoonful of honey; or low fat yoghurt and fruit Muesli. Have a glass of fresh fruit juice with your breakfast.
10am-11am- Snack- A good snack helps keep blood sugar levels stable, and so keeps our bodies going. Great snacks are fruit, rice cakes, and yoghurts. This is a good time to have a treat!
12-2pm- Lunch- Try; a chicken salad, a tuna sandwich (brown bread), a jacket potato with beans, or beans on toast (brown bread).
3-4pm- Snack- Have another snack a few hours after lunch. Snacking keeps the metabolism going. Great snacks are dried fruit, nuts, or vegetables.
7-8pm- Dinner- For dinner you can restrict the amount of carbs you eat, as the body does not need loads of energy when sleeping. For a perfect dinner have some meat/fish/quorn with 3 types of fresh vegetables.
Drinking 2 litres of water a day is also great for a healthy body. And this is easier to do than you think. Fill 2 x 1 litre bottles with water, and finish one before lunch, and the other by dinner time.
I hope you now see how easy eating a healthy diet can be! Combine all this with regular exercise and your guaranteed a healthier lifestyle and feel much better about yourself.
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