Healthspan December 20, 2017

Kick start your year with a diet that’s simple, easy to follow and fits into your routine…

As January hits one of the most common New Year’s resolution is to get fit. Many people find it hard to keep their resolutions. According to a ComRes survey 66% of adults will fail to keep their resolutions after the first month. The key to success is finding a diet plan that’s easy to follow and maintain in the long-term.

Sustainability is key

With so many diets out there it can be difficult to pick one that’s right for you. It’s important that you do your research so that you can find one that suits not just your body, but also your lifestyle. Diets like The Cheats & Eats Lifestyle Programme allow people to lose weight, but occasionally indulge in those guilty pleasures. It’s based on a simple list of Eats; nutrient rich foods that help you to sustain hunger for longer. Then there’s the Cheats, you can have that odd treat without the guilt. There’s no cutting out of food groups or calorie counting, which makes this diet more failproof than most. When doing your research here’s some things to look out for.

  • Does the diet cut out food groups?
  • Does the diet include exercise that’s reasonable?
  • Can you see yourself doing it over a long period of time?
  • How will it impact upon my home, social and work life?

Knowing your base and sticking to your fitness goals

Dieting and exercising at the same time will maximise results. Know your base and be honest with yourself. We all have different levels of fitness and have a different starting point. Once you know what that is you can build on it. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get fit. Starting with the basics like increasing your step count can really help you build on your base. This work out plan from Nicola Addison is simple, easy and doable from home.

Avoid the guilt trip

It’s human nature to trip up every now and again. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Find a diet that allows you to have that odd treat, so if you slip up you don’t have to feel like you’ve failed.

Keep hydrated

Drinking water may help you with your weight loss goals. One study (in dieting overweight women) found that drinking water was shown to significantly help with losing body fat and weight over time.

Avoid deficiency

If you’re dieting and cutting out food groups we recommend that you include supplements into your routine to make up for any shortfalls in nutrients. If you don’t eat at least one serving of oily fish each week then we recommend taking a 1000mg omega-3 supplement that contains EPA and DHA. These are also available for vegans that harness these essential anti-inflammatory fatty acids from algae. It can be beneficial to supplement your diet with a probiotic. Gut bacteria play a key role in nutrient absorption and the synthesis of certain vitamins. Look for a supplement that contains trains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium and at least 20 billion bacteria per dose.

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References
1. http://www.comresglobal.com/polls/bupa-new-year-resolution-survey/
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18787524/

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