- Make time for breakfast: You'll kick your metabolism into high gear so it burns fat all day long.
- Avoid processed foods: Meals made with fresh ingredients are more nutritious and lower in salt, sugar and fat - plus they're tastier!
- Eat every 3-4 hours: This keeps blood sugar and insulin levels stable. It also prevents overeating later in the day. Double whammy!
- Keep it colourful: Trying a new fruit and veg each day spices up a boring menu and adds vital nutrients.
- Be prepared: Keep healthy snacks close so you can't just grab whatever's around. Bright idea: Freeze extra meals for those times you can't be bothered to cook - it's cheaper and healthier than a takeaway.
- Check your portions: Be honest with yourself. A serving of lean meat is 4oz, or about the size of your palm. A serving of cheese is 1oz - the size of one dice. How do your meals measure up?
- Cook light: Choose healthier oils (like olive or sunflower) and use herbs and spices for flavour instead of salt and sugar.
- Skip fatty protein: Choose lean meat and fish, and try to eat two portions of oily fish a week for beneficial vitamin D and Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Your skin, nails and hair will thank you.
- Brown is best: Eat three portions of wholegrains every day. Complex carbs are full of important vitamins and minerals to keep you fuller long and increase your fibre intake - all of which help contribute to healthy weight and digestion.
- Drink up! Did you know that hunger is actually the first sign of thirst? And that every cell in your body requires water to function efficiently? Aim for at least 8 glasses (2 litres) of water a day.
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