It’s easy to say ‘don’t eat too much’ if you are trying to shed some pounds. Controlling the calories has a bad rap – but there’s no need. Look out for the food traps and make some simple swaps instead.
Going for lower-fat versions of foods might seem an obvious hack. Not necessarily, because the missing taste that the fat would have given is replaced by extra sugar. Far better just to eat a smaller amount of the real thing.
There are some high-fat foods that really should be occasional treats only. Lose the crisps (just a bag of fat and air, why would you?) and French fries. Fat chips with lots more potato than fried surface area are a better option.
Sugar lurks in all sorts of unexpected places. It hides in white bread products (so go easy on the bagels). Fruit juice packs a massive sugar punch. Cereal bars, smoothies and granola are three allegedly healthy foods that are also a sugar-fest.
If winter gives you sweet food cravings, try some lower-sugar alternatives. Good old plain fruit is a simple way to get some sweetness when the need strikes.
It’s very tempting to grab a ready meal or a wrapped sandwich when you are on the go. Stop! Take a few seconds to read the label, and you will probably get a shock. The calorie content of these items can be nearly a third of your daily allowance. It really is worth doing some meal prep, and home made tastes better too.
Having a dry spell is a great way to help weight-loss, because booze is loaded with empty calories. But if you still want a warming tipple, look at lower-calorie alcohol swaps. The calorie content in some drinks really isn’t worth it.
Losing weight need not be a miserable experience. Do a bit of planning, think about what you eat and good food can be fun.
good point about the ready wrapped sandwiches - I don't know why it is so, but they always have a massive calorie count!
A small amount of the real thing is exactly right. I would rather have a little butter on my toast than a pile of cheap margarine. We need to support the farmers with their natural products, especially now.
I would say if you want to lose weight then definitely stay off the carbs. Even wholemeal bread and pasta can raise your blood sugar more than you'd think, so really reduce all carbs and the weight will melt off in my experience.
Come on people, just eat lots of veg and natural food, leave out the sugar and processed rubbish, exercise a lot and you will balance out to be the weight you're meant to be.
SO many older people who want to lose weight still seem to turn to low fat processed stuff and avoid butter etc. They just don't get that actually natural fats will help them lose weight and fake alternatives are probably even worse for their health.
every cloud - sad to see a lot of cafes and snack stops closing but it is doing my waistline quite a lot of good with lower cake availability. I will try to keep this up when normality returns.
I do find a nice glass of wine every other night or so keeps me sane. So I'd rather forgo the processed rubbish but keep my large glass of red!
the low processed stuff is more easily available in the current panic buying, too - people don't seem to realise that apples, bananas, spuds, onions and many other staples last quite a long time if you are stocking up.
When will people not get it - just avoid processed foods and you will automatically cut back on your sugar anyway.