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What Does The New Year Mean To You?

January 8th 2016
By: Melanie

For many of us the New Year signals a fresh start, which can involve kicking a smoking habit, spending more time with the family and so fourth, what ever it means to you, starting a fresh at the beginning of January can give us the impetus to achieve our goals.

During the Festive season most of us have over indulged on food and drink, so now is a good time to think about watching what we eat and drink. Perhaps you have signed up for Dry January, which will not only help you loose weight, sleep better and save you money it’s also great way to raise money for cancer - http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/. If you've missed the start you could always do it in February instead.

If you are looking at losing weight by going on a diet then the best way would be to look at your diet as a whole, as this will enable you to sustain your weight loss. Small changes can make a huge difference when it comes to losing weight, so here are a few of our suggestions:

• Replace pasta with spiralised vegetables such as courgette and carrots.

• Baking food rather than frying or deep fat frying can also make a big difference.

• Avoid ready meals, these tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar.

• Drink alcohol only at weekends

• Have two meat free days a week, the recommended allowance of processed meat or beef is 70g per day.

• Avoid any food if you do not understand the ingredients, as high processed food can to turn into fat much quicker than non-processed food.

• Drink plenty of water, and swap tea and coffee for herbal drinks, such as green tea.

• Cook with coconut oil – it’s fatty acids are 90% but they unlike some other fats they go straight to the liver where they can be turned into ketone bodies providing a quick source of energy.

• Eat healthy snacks, such as nuts, berries and grains.

• Kick start your diet by juicing for 14 days – you will need to seek advice from your Doctors advice before going on any radical diets.

• Eat full fat produce, as this should keep you feeling fuller for longer and should prevent snacking.

• If you've tried the 5/2 diet and it didn’t work for you, try using some of the recipes from the book, as they are generally low in calories, which is great if you are on a calorie controlled diet.

• Download an app such as my Fitness app, full of nutritional advice and a daily food calculator.