If you want to lose weight and get your body using your fat stores for energy you need to correct any hormone imbalance and create a fat burning environment.

How do you do that?

  1. Avoid all ‘white’ starchy carbohydrates.  White bread, white rice and white pasta are all linked with weight gain and higher levels of body fat.
  2. Eat protein with every meal and snack.  Your body needs protein to grow and repair; it also keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Proteins include fish, chicken, beans and nuts.
  3. Don’t cut out fat.  Your body needs good fat to function well and support healthy weight loss. Good fats are found in nuts, fish, olives and avocado. Trans fats are the fats to be avoided as much as possible. They can be found in processed foods, biscuits and cakes and will clog your arteries increasing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Reduce stimulants. Avoid all fizzy drinks and cut back tea and coffee to no more than two cups a day. If you normally take sugar in your tea and coffee try a teaspoon of honey instead.
  5. Stay hydrated.  Aim to drink 2 litres (approx. 8 glasses) of water each day. Studies have shown that the thirst and hunger sensations are triggered together so if there is a slight dehydration the thirst mechanism may be mistaken for hunger and you may eat when the body is actually craving fluid.
  6. Try not to use readymade sauces or dressings. They contain high amounts of sugar and salt so as a guideline, if any jar or packet sauces are used the sugar figures should be 4g of total sugars or less and salt figures should be 0.3g of salt (0.1g sodium) or less per 100g.
  7. Read food labels.  If there’s an ingredient you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce you probably shouldn’t be eating it!

Choose a step a week and watch the inches melt away.

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