12 Tips to Your Ideal Weight

  1. Don't skip breakfast! – research has proven that skipping breakfast is actually really unhealthy for us. After a night's sleep the body needs refuelling to be ready for the day ahead. By skipping breakfast, you are denying the body of nutrients that it requires to function efficiently and you also encourage snacking throughout the day because you are hungry.
  2. Eat regular meals! – eating regularly helps boost your metabolism, therefore burning calories faster! Also if you eating regular meals you are less likely to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.
  3. Aim for your 5 a day! – eating lots of fruit and vegetables gives the body vitamins and minerals required to keep us functioning efficiently and healthily. They are also very low in calories and provide us with fibre needed for a healthy digestive system.
  4. Get more active! – regular physical activity is key to losing weight alongside a healthy balanced diet. Alongside numerous health benefits, exercise can help burn off any excess calories allowing you to maintain a balanced energy expenditure!
  5. Drink plenty of water! – see the Tips for staying hydrated'
  6. Eat high fibre foods! – foods which contain high amounts of fibre are very good for weight loss as they make you feel full which means you can reduce your portion sizes. Fibre is only found in food from plants such as fruit and vegetables, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, and beans, peas and lentils.
  7. Read food labels! – by reading the food label on a packet of food allows you to see how many calories, sugar content, fat etc. you are consuming. This will allow you to choose your food wisely using the calorie information to see if it fits in within your diet, and give you healthier alternatives.
  8. Use a smaller plate! – research has found people with smaller plates tend to eat smaller portions and are still satisfied and full. So start using smaller plates and bowls to gradually cut down portion size. Also eat slowly and don't continue to eat until you feel full as it takes the stomach 20 minutes to tell the brain its full.
  9. Don't ban foods! – do not ban foods from your weight loss plan, especially ones you really like as you will only crave them more. The occasional treat is fine as long as you stay within your daily calorie limit.
  10. Don't stock junk food! – if you don't buy it and have it in the cupboards the temptation won't be there! Instead, stock up on healthy snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.
  11. Cut down on alcohol! – alcohol contains lots of calories! A pint beer can have over 500 calories in! Alcohol has no nutritional value and over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain.
  12. Plans your meals! - Plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. This will allow you know what you're eating and when you're eating it to keep your diet balanced.