Walk into any book shop today and you will see an array of diet books, all containing the secret to losing weight and being healthy. From low carb, low fat to full fat, keto, intermittent fasting, full fasting or no fasting, Mediterranean, French, Manhattan to Ancestral! Phew the list is endless as well as confusing. When there is so much conflicting information out there it is easy to feel overwhelmed and not want to try anything.
It is important to remember that you need to get the basics right before consistently as well as be active before you look to try anything. Too often I see people give up as something doesn’t work for them within two weeks. It takes time and consistency to get where you want to be.
If you can cover the basics as often as possible then you can be confident you are on the right track. Once you have mastered this then look to make changes under the guidance of a professional.
1. Focus on food rather than food groups – Rather than focusing on being high protein or low or no fat or low carb, look to eat a balanced blend of all 3 macronutrients, ideally a ratio of 40% carb 35% protein 25% good fats.
2. Learn how to read food labels so you can be educated about what you are putting into your body. Understand what the true portion size is when it states per serve as you may be surprised to find you are overeating more than you realised.
3. Variety is the spice of life and the key to good nutrition. Try to eat as many different colours of fresh fruit and vegetables as possible and learn which foods are seasonal so you can ensure they are nutrient rich.
4. Stay hydrated – your body cannot function properly without water and you should aim for at least 2 litres a day. This doesn’t include your coffee and if you don’t like the taste of water try creating your own fruit infusion with fresh lemon or lime juice or even berries.
5. Limit processed foods – fresh is definitely always best! Avoid boxed ready meals as much as possible as they tend to be loaded with sugar and sodium as well as a long list of artificial ingredients and preservatives. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient then probably best not to eat the food!
Author CJ’s Fitbumps – CJ is a pre and postnatal holistic health coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer, nutrition expert and author of The Winning Physique. She provides specialist pre and postnatal fitness classes and coaching at Riverside Ice and Leisure as well as offers one to one personalised health coaching programs lifestyle consultations and personal training. Find me at www.cjsfitbumps.com, email me via firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 07557683770.