6 quick-start diet tips

If the idea of going on a diet is daunting, try implementing these healthy diet tips daily to ease you into it and you won’t even know you’re dieting.

Start small

Instead of going cold turkey and setting yourself strict rules at the beginning of a new diet, rather make small changes. Start with a healthy breakfast routine and work your way up to lunch and then dinner. We suggest eating a boiled egg with two slices of wholewheat toast or mixed fruit salad with toasted oats and plain yoghurt.

Snack smart

Snacking is a terrible habit to get out of. Make healthier snacking choices and turn a bad habit into a great one. Keep your snacks to 100 calories each, per day. Some examples include two pieces of fruit or two rye crispbreads spread with a light soft cheese.

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Boost your omegas

Eat oily fish like fresh tuna, herrings, mackerel, tinned sardines or trout twice a week. They’re packed with the most potent long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that help to lower the risk of heart disease, boost immunity and help reduce arthritic pain. A bean salad served with flaked smoked mackerel is a healthy lunch choice to get the nutrients you need.

Try to get seven hours of sleep a night

Women who sleep less than five hours a night are more likely to suffer from hypertension or diabetes and develop cardiovascular disease. If you’re not getting enough sleep, try a 20-minute power nap or meditation during the day.

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Eat good-quality protein

Boost your metabolism by tucking into that tasty fillet first. Of all the food types, protein is the most satisfying and will fill you up before you think of dishing up a second helping. After a long day, try chicken and vegetable kebabs with harissa and honey dressing, and bulgar wheat for a late dinner. It’s easy to digest and is great for a gentle energy release.

Eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day

Frozen, tinned and dried fruit and veg are the easiest way to get the nutrients you need. Plus, they’re easy to prepare and contain 90% of their original goodness. So don’t skip the frozen food aisle the next time you go grocery shopping.

Try to get seven hours of sleep a night

Women who sleep less than five hours a night are more likely to suffer from hypertension or diabetes and develop cardiovascular disease. If you’re not getting enough sleep, try a 20-minute power nap or meditation during the day.

DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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