Understandably, many of us have developed an unhealthy relationship with food. We've learned that restriction is essential and calories cause weight gain.
The truth is...
Food is fuel
Food is not the enemy. It is essential to fuel our bodies and if we view food in this way it makes eating as simple as it should be.
Cutting calories to extremes, removing whole food groups, skipping meals completely are not long term solutions to weight loss and will only ruin our health (and metabolism) in the long run.
Here are 5 things you can start doing today that will not only support fat loss but also ensure you are fuelling your body appropriately for exercise and all other day to day activities:
Eat protein-rich foods at every meal.
Eat as many vegetables in a day as you can manage - 5 portions should be the minimum number you aim for.
And add in a couple of portions of fruit a day either as a snack or even as a nice desert with some Greek yogurt.
Eat good fats. Low fat diets are not good for you, your body requires fats to function optimally.
Eat carbohydrates! They're not evil and if you're exercising you'll need them to replace muscle glycogen depleted during a training session. Just make sure they're the right ones - avoid processed and refined foods and instead opt for brown rice, wholemeal pasta, sweet potatoes and vegetables (yep... vegetables contain carbs!).
Limit the amount of processed and refined foods you eat such as white bread and pasta, cakes, chocolate and crisps... but don't stress when you do eat them and think that you've blown everything! You've not... the 'diet' doesn't need to start again on Monday... as if you've been eating well around this moment, who cares if you chose to enjoy that mince pie or slice of Christmas cake?
If you aim for perfection, you'll fail to reach it. However, if you aim to eat in the best way possible to fuel your body, you'll find success.