Obesity is a growing problem and everyone is trying in their own little ways to shed off those extra kilos. Keeping weight under control proves useful in keeping various health issues at bay. It also improves self-esteem and the boosts your energy levels.
1. Eat more fish
Oily fish contains good omega fats that are important for our good health and they help to lower cholesterol.
2. Eat more fibre
Fibre is the stuff that makes you feel fuller longer and gives you a healthy bowel. It helps remove any excess fat from your system and is a vital part of a good healthy diet.
If you don’t think you are getting enough fibre add oats to your breakfast, sprinkle bran on cereal and add dried peas and lentils to soups and vegetable dishes.
3. Add vegetarian meals
Have a couple of vegetarian meals each week. You will be surprised at the variety of meals that you can make for the whole family.
Avoid meat substitutes but have eggs instead of meat, include dried pulses or nuts for protein. Replace a meat meal with a hard cheese and fresh salad full of greens, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, celery and olives.
4. Eat less meat
Reduce the portion size of lean meat. Your plate should be 2/3 to 4 vegetables and the rest lean protein.
Meat is still important for iron and other minerals but you will notice that you will feel less bloated by eating less red meat. Try to eat red meat medium to rare as it is easier to digest.
5. Eat less saturated fats
Saturated fats are found in processed and packaged foods and stay as fat in our body. These are the fats that make the bad cholesterol and contribute to heart disease.
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