Are you covering the basics with your diet?
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about what diet is best for fat loss, and everyone looks for the easiest way to achieve this without covering the basics first.
We all want the ‘magic pill’ or the ‘best exercise’ to help us achieve our goals but I have some news for you……….. IT DOESN’T EXIST. Being consistent with your plan is key to achieving success.
If you are not consistent with something you will become lost, your goal will not be reached and you may become disheartened about what is achievable for you. Doing what you need to do day after day to reach your goal is paramount.
Below I have created a list of what you need to make sure that you are including in your nutrition routine;
Include whole and nutritious foods into your diet
These are foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Too much of our Western diet includes cheap processed foods and our bodies aren’t designed to consume them. Whole foods should make up around 80-90% of our diet with the odd treat making up the other 10-20%. This way you can still lead a sociable lifestyle whilst obtaining optimal health 80-90% of the time. This is the reason we have a chef at our Portugal Weight Loss Holiday to make sure everything is made from scratch, with all local natural ingredients
Not a lot of us can say that we get a good 8 hours sleep every night but not getting enough sleep and rest can have a negative effect on our goals. If we are not rested properly we are more likely to reach for sugary or energy dense foods to make us feel awake. If you struggle getting to sleep then using magnesium spray for your skin or Epsom salt baths are a good way to relax before bed time.
Identify any food intolerances
The most common intolerances are to wheat, dairy, gluten, soy and eggs. If you are experiencing any reactions to certain foods then these need to be eliminated from your diet to achieve optimum gut health and a supportive immune system. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/food-intolerance/
Now I know most of us enjoy the odd tipple every now and then and in moderation this is absolutely fine, its when we have a few too many that it starts to hinder us. We feel rubbish the next day so grab for unhealthy food and general motivation to even move can be missing for a day or two. There are also empty calories in alcohol – one pint of cider is around 350 calories and there is no nutritional goodness in all them calories! https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/the-dos-and-donts-of-alcohol-on-a-diet
Take time to prep
Prepare food at breakfast, the night before, or at the weekend ensuring you have the best healthy food available to you when you need it. Its all too easy to go to the shop and grab a quick fix but this will normally not be the healthiest option and prepping also saves you money!! https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2017/03/20/meal-prep-planning/
If you are struggling with any of these things then join us on one of our Fitness Weekends in the UK or Fitness & Weight Loss Holidays in Portugal, and our specialist team can help you to achieve your goals
We also have a selection of recipe books which include the below. These can be purchased as a set for just £9.99 – please Contact Us to order the recipe books
- Everyday Recipes
- Meal Ideas
- Low Carb