Thank you all for your emails and comments last week about “The Only Diet You’ll Ever Need”. It looks like you want more detail so here’s Part 2 with loads more information:
Firstly, cutting down portion sizes will not leave you hungry providing you eat regularly. We know people who frequently miss breakfast and have their first meal at lunchtime or miss lunch and don’t eat till the evening. This will not only contribute to slowing your metabolism down, making weight loss difficult, but will make you feel sluggish, irritable and less mentally alert, affecting your work and decision making. By going long periods without eating you will also be more inclined to choose the wrong foods, eat far too much and feel hungry an hour or so after your meal leading you to snacking later in the evening. Does that sound familiar to you?
Contrast that with having a substantial breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack and an evening meal spaced out every 2 – 3 hours and you’ll be bursting with energy, cope easily with difficult decision making and have a general feeling of wellbeing. Basically, eat small and often.
Secondly, water has to play a big part in your day. There are several scientific studies showing that drinking water regularly has a significant effect on weight loss. We lose water from our body all the time, even more when it’s warm or when you’re active, and it only takes as little as a 5% loss of water to experience some of the effects of dehydration such as, headache, weakness, incoherent feeling, irritability and fatigue. Fizzy drinks just make you worse so ditch those cans of Coke etc.
And that’s the “more detail and information” you’ve asked for! The emails and comments we got all seemed to think there should be lots more to it but, as I said in Part 1, don’t try and make it complicated. Cutting down your portion sizes, eating regularly, drinking (water) frequently, eliminating or minimizing processed foods and take away meals plus being more active, will result in a significant weight loss as well as giving you a lifestyle that’s easy to sustain.
Are portion sizes something you’ve looked at before? Have you been missing meals to try and help weight loss? Did you realise the importance of water? We hope you’ll try this and would love to know how you get on. It is simple and it works!