Making plans for a healthier lifestyle in 2012 needn’t begin with crash diets and drop-a-dress-size obsessions. Our handy list of diet do’s and don’ts will help you reverse the Christmas calorie overload and stay healthy for the year ahead.
Eat little, more often – Regulate your metabolism by eating five or six small dishes during the day instead of three large meals and you’ll find you won’t need to reach for those calorie-packed snacks.
Stay hydrated – your whole body can suffer when dehydrated, affecting everything from your skin to your concentration. Many of us also misinterpret thirst for hunger so be sure to always have a bottle of cold water to hand and sip throughout the day.
Cut out food groups – many believe cutting fats and carbohydrates from their diets will speed up weight loss. In fact, removing major food groups is more likely to make you give up your good intentions as energy levels dwindle and your body is deprived of vital nutrients. The NHS eatwell plate can show you exactly how you should balance each meal for optimal nutritional health.
Give up everything too quickly – the temptation when starting a diet is to go cold turkey, cutting out all vices and expecting your resolutionsto stick with will power alone. While it may take a little longer to see results, slowly making changes to your lifestyle will mean you are far more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan all year.
Be disheartened – everyone has a bad diet day so don’t throw in the towel if you stray from your plan. A balanced diet is something we should strive for all year round and so allowing yourself the occasional treat will help keep you on track in the long run.