Healthy weight loss tips

  • Take the weight off gradually – no more than a couple of kilograms each month 
  • Eat three meals a day, starting with breakfast
  • Enjoy your food, just eat a bit less of it.  Try eating until you feel satisfied, but not full
  • Listen to your stomach, not your eyes, for when it’s time to stop eating (that is, don’t just eat everything on your plate)
  • If you think it’s a waste not to eat everything on your plate, remember that it’s a waste whether you throw it away or eat food you don’t need.  The only way not to waste it is to put it in the fridge and have it later on for a snack or meal
  • Serve dinner onto smaller-sized plates – still feels like a big meal, but you’ll eat less
  • Base your meals on fruit and vegetables, especially non-starchy vegetables (fill half your plate with them).  They fill you up, and are awesome for your health
  • Downsize rather than upsize when buying food
  • Extra calories sneak in through sauces, dressings, sugary or alcoholic drinks, junk and treat foods, so choose these wisely or only use small amounts
  • Don’t drink your calories: the best options are water, soda water, or tea
  • If you need a snack, make it nutritious, like fruit, low-fat yoghurt or a handful of nuts
  • Get the whole family involved, and get the kids helping and learning to cook healthy meals
  • Be honest with yourself about how much you really eat.  Keeping a food diary can help
  • Make physical activity a habit and something enjoyable – rather than a chore, think of it as your special ‘time out’
  • Move more and sit less

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