1) DON’T swap full sugar drinks for diet versions – Diet drinks may not contain sugar but are usually packed with artificial sweeteners instead. Most studies now show that artificial sweeteners can still cause weight gain, and are also commonly associated with a whole host of other unwanted side effects. DO swap sugary drinks for water with fresh herbs like mint, ginger, rosemary and turmeric with fresh slices of lemon and lime 🙂
2) DON’T choose margarine instead of proper butter – For years now fats have been labelled the bad guys, hence why many choose to replace butter with margarine or similar non-butter spreads. They may well be lower in fat but it’s an artificial type of fat that your body probably doesn’t know what to do with. And your body does actually need the fats found in butter, just in small amounts. DO stick with proper butter and just use a bit less.
3) DON’T always choose zero fat products – Unfortunately, zero fat or low fat products (like yoghurt) are usually packed with sugar and or artificial sweeteners to compensate for the lack of taste. DO choose the full fat versions and just eat a bit less.
4) DON’T make hundreds of new friends on social media – No matter how many friends you have on social media they will never compare to the real friends that you meet up with, have a coffee and a chat in person. With depression, anxiety and even more devastatingly, suicide rates on the rise, it’s never been more important to nurture a good support network of real friends. Connecting with others in person is known to be an important way to keep your mood up. DO nurture your friends in person, not on facebook.
5) DON’T eat less to lose weight – but do work to stop snacking and leaving gaps between meals. To lose weight, and for optimal metabolism most people actually need to eat more not less, but then leave a good gap. It’s the quality of food not the quantity that’s most important when it comes to losing weight, so DO eat 2-3 meals but try to leave at least 4 hrs between meals and work towards not snacking( unless yo have severe blood sugar issues). This is absolutely crucial when it comes to encouraging your body to let go of fat – insulin( the hormone that rises when we eat- anything- not just carbs) will inhibit the enzyme responsible for fat loss(it’s called Hormone-sensitive lipase, if you are a geek like me and want to know!).
Obviously this information needs to be tailored( for example if you have severe blood sugar issues you may not be able to immediately move to cutting out snacks), so please work with a health professional to make this work for YOU!
Happy 2017 xx