1 Eat clever
Base your meals around basic healthy foods such as fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, eggs, fish, poultry and lean meat and low-fat dairy.
Dr James Stubbs, research specialist for Slimming World, says: “By choosing these foods, which are very filling and low in calories per gram, slimmers can eat freely without feeling hungry or guilty.
“Better still, because they’re staple, everyday foods, it’s easy to enjoy all your favourite family meals like spaghetti bolognese, a roast dinner or a stir-fry.”
When it comes to getting active, try something new.
Leisure centres are introducing new activities all the time, like Zumba, cheerleading, hula-hooping, Bokwa or walking groups.
You might be amazed at what you find – and what you enjoy!
3 Understand your emotions
Dr Jacquie Lavin, head of nutrition and research at Slimming World, says: “Think about the type of situations that often lead you to reach for high-calorie foods.
“Is it when you’re short of time, bored or stressed at work?
“Plan ahead and make sure you’ve always got healthier, more nutritious choices to hand on these occasions.”
4 Get rid of guilt
If you go off track, it’s tempting to beat yourself up and tell yourself you’ve blown it.
Don’t allow yourself to sabotage your success, simply get straight back on track with your health plan and feel confident that the weight will come off again.
5 Treat yourself
Nutritionist Jenny Barber says: “Losing weight doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your favourite foods.
“Have a treat every so often, whether that’s a glass of wine, a piece of chocolate or your favourite takeaway every now and again at the weekend.
“If you deprive yourself of something, you’ll only want it more and cravings could make you throw the towel in.”
6 Get your five a day and more
Aim to fill a third of your plate at every meal with fresh or frozen vegetables.
They’ll make sure you feel satisfied and stay feeling full for longer.
7 Focus on your food
If you’re distracted while eating, it’s easy to consume more than you intended because you don’t notice when you’re starting to feel full.
8 Eat breakfast
Research shows that people who eat breakfast are more likely to make healthy food choices throughout the day, and less likely to have snacks.
Dietician Carolyn Pallister says: “Mornings can be very busy, especially if you’ve got kids, but having breakfast doesn’t have to take up lots of time.
“A bowl of muesli or whole-wheat cereal with semi-skimmed milk and a piece of fruit is a healthy and filling choice.”
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