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Feed yourself slim
With these 9 simple rules.
“These “rules” may or may not be backed up by strong research evidence. I am certainly not claiming that this section provides the only answer to managing weight loss.
Of course it does not. I have written these rules based on my own reading and more importantly, personal experience in my previous work as a GP of what seems to work. I have joined hundreds of patients in their personal journeys towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. I strongly believe that if you can follow these 9 simple rules consistently, you will experience benefits within a matter of weeks.” Dr Patel
Do not go on special diets; make permanent changes
I have never liked the word “diet”. In my mind, I associate it with words like “temporary”, “sacrifice” and “boring”.
People rarely achieve long-term success with special diets, unless of course, this word for them means a lifestyle change that still allows for a balanced nutritional intake. So commit only to changes you believe are sustainable for the years to come.Close
Never miss breakfast
Why oh why do we neglect our bodies by missing breakfast. So many of my patients admit to just having a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Assuming they have lunch or a mid-morning snack, their body is likely to have gone 16-18 hours without food!
You don’t start a long car journey with an empty tank… you should show your body the same courtesy. So if you wish to make a change, how can you go about it? Well, if you are not used to eating breakfast, even the sight of food may cause nausea. Start by just having a mouthful, say a spoon of cereal. Do this daily for a week and then increase to two spoons. Gradually you will be able to build up to a full breakfast. See the section on glycaemic index to help you make healthy breakfast choices.Close
Drink plenty of pure water throughout the day
Another bug-bear of mine. As a nation we are not lovers of drinking pure water. I have a shocking number of patients who drink either very little or none at all, in its “natural form”.
Parents are often to blame. There is no reason why a 2-year old child should “hate” the taste of water, considering it is essentially a “tasteless, colourless liquid”, as I was taught in chemistry class. If the child has been raised on flavoured water or juice, then of course he/she will learn to dislike water and show a strong preference to sweeter alternatives. The former should be treats from the age of 4 or 5, rather than part of the daily diet. For those adults who are habit bound to only intake water via other drinks, it is likely to be difficult to make the change. I would suggest that for you, trying no-sugar flavoured water is a good start but then gradually dilute this until you are drinking a pure form of your body’s most essential compound and something nature gives us for free. Drinking plenty of water helps hundreds of metabolic processes in the body. It also promotes strong immunity and helps fat loss.Close
Do not snack on junk between meals, but do snack
Be armed with healthier snacks so when you get a hunger pang, you do not dive for the easiest solution, which may be a pack of biscuits in the staff room.
Ensure your own work space does not have any junk food. I used to keep some “comfort food” in the form of chocolate, in my desk drawer at my surgery. The problem was, I found a reason everyday that gave apparent justification to me eating this chocolate. It’s best just not to have it there! I changed to a packet of apricots and some nuts/seeds. Not perfect but certainly healthier.Close
Avoid eating supper within 4 hours of bedtime
Wait 10 minutes before taking seconds & take less to start with
I have many patients who seem to eat quite healthily but simply eat too much. Calories are calories... your body needs a finite number.Close
Stop weighing yourself
I do not believe this habit helps at all, whether your weight goes up or even down.
If you swap your excess fat with some healthy muscle, your weight may in fact go up (as muscle is heavier than fat). I believe the best measure is how well your clothes fit. Your trousers or skirt will not lie to you. If these get looser; you are succeeding.Close
If nothing else, cut down sugar intake
Start thinking of sugar as a weak poison.
A patient recently remarked to me: “But your body needs sugar!” Well yes of course it does but trust me when I say your body will get what it needs from a balanced diet with ease. It really does not need top-ups in the form of two chocolate digestives or a pack of cola bottle sweets. Note, it says “cut down” and not “eliminate”… we all need to enjoy life a little!Close
If you drink alcohol, restrict this to special occasions
Most people are aware that alcohol promotes weight gain. However, when I calculate the number of calories patients are consuming in the form of alcohol on a weekly basis, most are stunned.
There are numerous calorie counter tools on the internet. I urge you to have a look at what your usual tipple adds to your calorie intake. If you restrict yourself to a few glasses of red wine, please do not think you are better off than the beer drinkers. Depending on your consumption, you may not be.
Alcohol actually does a lot more. In regards to weight, drinking actually makes your body store more fat and sugar over the days that follow alcohol intake. I know it’s bad news but yet again, my message is to moderate a little more rather than eliminate.Close
Weight Loss Super-Tips
Sugar and fast-release carbohydrates are particularly responsible for unhealthy weight gain. Consider these gems to shed those few extra pounds!
- Do you get an afternoon slump after carbs such as bread? Do you find your body was not made for carbs?
Well, try Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar! Numerous animal and human studies have shown this vinegar to increase insulin sensitivity and lower sugar levels after meals. For me, this is a significant benefit not just for Type 2 diabetics but everyone. If you cannot avoid sandwiches for lunch but hate the afternoon slump you get, try and incorporate some of this vinegar to your meal (it reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50g of white bread). It also increases feelings of satiety, helping with weight loss. LDL and triglycerides have also shown to be lowered by adding this vinegar to your diet.
- Check out the Glycaemic Index (GI) table if you have not already. I believe this should be taught in all schools. Yes, our bodies need fuel and sugar can serve that purpose but in so many ways, sugar acts like a weak poison to our body. Being GI-aware is – in my opinion – one of the most useful ways in how we can make our eating decisions.