If you are among the 24.9% of UK adults in 2017 that are obese, you will have probably thought about dieting at some point in your life to lose weight. You may be someone that is constantly dieting. Going from one miracle cure to the next.
We all have to consider our lifestyles. We are all so aware of the impact of a high fat, high sugar, high caffeine, high alcohol diet. From causing cancer to causing strokes and heart disease.
A study by the University of Helsinki, suggests that Early adulthood is particularly critical for putting on weight. According to a recent study common factors among young women and men who succeeded in managing their weight in the long term included eating regularly rather than dieting.
The primary focus on this study is that we should stop the focus on dieting to lose weight. In fact stop trying to lose weight.
Our main aim is to focus on weight management and lifestyle management. Eating at the regular intervals during the day and eating the right kinds of food are the key to maintaining a health weight.
Skipping meals like Breakfast results in your blood sugar levels being so low that you end up craving sweet foods for a quick boost of energy. This obviously means that it is only a quick fix and will not sustain you very long. The sweet product that you have just consumed is purely calories your body does not need. There are no benefits to your body for the sugar.
Focus On Weight Management
I suggest that you aim to eat around 4 meals a day. Divide your recommended calories for each day by 4 and aim to each that amount of calories each meal time. Allow for the odd snack such as – apple, pear, banana, carrot etc.
Be mindful of other things that will improve your lifestyle like taking regular breaks, exercise, sleep well, take time away from electronics especially social media. All these things will help to keep stress levels low and stop food cravings.
It is so important to eat the correct foods to keep your body fuelled well which in turn will help your mind. I know by experience that if I eat too much sugar, I feel irritable and low in mood.
Aim to eat lean meats like Chicken, Turkey, Pork. A nice steak once a week is a nice treat though. Add vegetables or salad and try to eat brown rice or sweet potato as your carbohydrate in your meal.
Your treats should be few. Stay away from your daily puddings/desserts. If you are feeling peckish, have some water first, you may just be dehydrated, which sends signals to your brain that you are hungry.
Snack on fruit, small amount of nuts and seeds (high in calories but good for you), carrot or celery with humous is my favourite, a small amount of peanut butter with apple is another go to for me.
If you would like any more information or advice, please comment or contact me.