Tips to Spring Clean Your Eating Routine for Weight LossOctober 25, 2019 3:33 pm Comments Off on Tips to Spring Clean Your Eating Routine for Weight Loss
Who doesn’t love spring? The transition into warmer weather when the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and fresh produce is everywhere. During winter, our healthy eating routine and weight loss goals can sometimes be sidelined with lack of exercise and carbohydrate rich foods as we stay bundled up indoors. But spring is a fantastic time to get things back on track with your eating routine for healthy weight loss.
8 tips to kick-start your weight loss this spring
When spring arrives, it is important to spring clean beyond house and yard duties, to renew your health and wellness routines. Here are some easy tips to help you get started.
Ditch the quick fixes
Losing weight is more than just dropping off excess kilos. It is about embracing a sustainable lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise. Quick fix pills, juice detox diets and fad diets are not a healthy, sustainable way to lose weight and keep it off.
Clean your pantry and fridge
It’s time to say goodbye to refined flour found in white breads and packaged baked goods. Replace white rice with healthier whole grains, quinoa and brown rice. Clean out foods that are unhealthy or close to expiration date and make room for nutrient rich foods. That way you will not be tempted to eat unhealthy foods. Protein shakes, protein balls and snack bars deliver more nutrition while being low on saturated fat and sugar. Consider having them handy as a meal replacement or snacking option.
High protein food
Include more non-starchy vegetables and salads in your meal plans along with high protein foods such as lentils, beans, peas and legumes. These will help you fill up without adding too many calories. They are also a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Meal replacement products such as the Tony Ferguson range, offers scientifically formulated meal replacement protein shakes, protein bars, protein balls, nutritious soups and broth, and green tea. After consulting with a qualified health professional they can easily be incorporated into a weight loss program such as the Tony Ferguson 12 Week Program.
Swap homemade for takeaway
Cooking from scratch at home may seem daunting, but a little help with meal planning will make creating nutritious recipes easy. The Tony Ferguson 12 Week Program is a comprehensive weight loss program offering ongoing support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Personal Trainer with access to over 40 simple to put together recipes. Eating takeaway occasionally is alright but being tempted by it most weeknights and weekends will make it hard to control your daily calorie intake. Often takeaway food is seasoned with generous amounts of fat, salt and sugar. Cooking food for yourself will mean you can add plenty of fresh produce and season with a variety of spices and citrus juice to stay away from salt.
Stick to the list
Before heading out to the shops make the time to carefully go through your pantry and fridge and look over your meal planning for the week. Then make a thorough list and add only one item that you would like to allow yourself to indulge in reasonable quantity that week. When at the shops, stick to purchasing only what’s on your list.
Eating seasonal produce has many advantages such as affordability, freshness, nutrition, taste and local availability. Here’s a guide to in-season spring produce:
Fruit: Bananas, cherries, citrus (cumquat, grapefruit, lemons, mandarin, oranges, tangelo), lychees, loquat, mango, melons (honeydew, rockmelon, watermelon), papaya, pineapple, rhubarb, strawberries
Vegetables: Artichoke, asparagus, avocado, beetroot, borlotti beans, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, leek, lettuce, peas, potato, rocket, silverbeet, snowpeas, spinach, sugar snap peas, sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini, watercress
Herbs: Basil, bay leaves, chives, chervil, coriander, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme
Refresh your old recipes by using more spring produce or get creative with your cooking and research new recipes that include seasonal produce.
Go for a friendly walk
Exercising will not only help you lose weight, but it can also be a great way to relieve stress. If you don’t want to give up your active social life, why not invite a friend for a walk instead of going for coffee? Just going for a friendly walk will give you an opportunity to engage in a conversation while exercising together. Take positive steps to improve your health and enjoy the fresh spring outdoors.
Sugar loaded drinks will do nothing to help with weight loss. Drinking plenty of plain water will keep you hydrated as the weather gets warmer and will set you up for a good water drinking routine come summer. Try flavouring the water with lemon, lime or cucumber slices or a few pieces of fruit such as strawberries or blueberries. Many people also enjoy the taste of herbs such as mint or basil.
Incorporating the above tips into your eating and exercise plans will help you to take the right steps towards sustainable weight loss.