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It’s that time of year when most of us could do with a little extra exercise and a little less comfort food – as the nights draw in and the festive season approaches, it’s easy to reach for the junk food and overeat. While controlling your intake of food is key for good health, it’s important that you stick to a diet that’s not only beneficial for your waistline but also healthy for your body as a whole. Rather than focusing your winter diet on weight loss alone, be good to yourself!

General tips to help you eat well

Any good diet is all about variety. Try to incorporate as many different food types into your diet as possible and try to cut out processed fast food. Pick up fresh ingredients wherever possible and pay more attention to the contents of your shopping basket each week – why go with refined white bread when you can get a whole grain loaf? Why use unhealthy cooking oils to fry food when you can bake, grill or air-fry your meals? Aim for a protein-rich diet that’s packed with variety and, most importantly, remember to stay well hydrated! Never starve yourself or follow crash diets when you can stay healthy by eating simple, natural and cheap staple foods. 

What are nutrient-dense foods and why should you try and eat as many as possible?

While it’s possible to lose weight using unnatural methods including surgical procedures and extreme crash diets, it’s infinitely better for your health to take the natural route.  One of the easiest ways to improve your health and diet is by eating plenty of nutrient-rich foods, which are naturally packed with the essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and healthy fats that our bodies need to work properly. Examples of nutrient-dense foods that you can easily and cheaply incorporate into your diet include eggs, seafood, lean meat, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fruit and vegetables.

Helpful eating tips to help you lose weight

If you’re thinking of dieting with weight loss in mind, remember to maintain a healthy diet including a regular intake of fresh, nutrient-dense foods. While it may seem like skipping meals could be a shortcut to your ideal weight, this can directly scupper your efforts in the long run – skipping breakfast is especially disruptive when it comes to losing weight. By drinking plenty of water and eating regular, fresh meals including high-fibre food and a mix of fruit and veg, you’ll almost guarantee superior results. It’s key to remember that diet alone is not enough to facilitate healthy weight loss – you’ll also need to get active and do more exercise in order to achieve your goal on the scales.

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