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Common weight loss mistakes Part 2!

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

  1. Not enough water. Water is vital for life. Drink at least 2-3 litres per day. Aids weight loss, lethargy and flushes out toxins.

2. Not eating enough fibre. Fosters a diverse, happy gut microbiome. ...

  • Promotes regular bowel movements. ...

  • Keeps you feeling fuller for longer. ...

  • Helps lower high blood pressure. ...

  • Balances cholesterol levels. ...

  • Prevents blood sugar spikes. ...

  • Associated with lower risk of several diseases.

To increase your fibre intake you could:

  • Choose a higher-fibre breakfast cereal such as plain wholewheat biscuits (like Weetabix) or plain shredded whole grain (like Shredded wheat), or porridge as oats are also a good source of fibre.

  • Go for wholemeal or granary breads, or higher fibre white bread, and choose wholegrains like wholewheat pasta, bulgur wheat or brown rice.

  • Go for potatoes with their skins on, such as a baked potato or boiled new potatoes. Find out more about starchy foods and carbohydrates.

  • Add pulses like beans, lentils or chickpeas to stews, curries and salads.

  • Include plenty of vegetables with meals, either as a side dish or added to sauces, stews or curries. Find out more about how to get your 5 A Day.

  • Have some fresh or dried fruit, or fruit canned in natural juice for dessert. Because dried fruit is sticky, it can increase the risk of tooth decay, so it's better if it is only eaten as part of a meal, rather than as a between-meal snack.

  • For snacks, try fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, rye crackers, oatcakes and unsalted nuts or seeds.

  • 3. Sugar. Too much sugar can get stored as fat. It can also lead to

  • Irritability.

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

  • Feeling jittery or anxious.

  • Feeling shaky or dizzy.

  • Hunger.

  • Bloating (which can result in stomach and chest pain in severe cases)

Avoid LOW FAT alternatives as they are usually packed full of sugar

4. Too much cheese. Cheese is high in fat and salt, portion size is key! 30grams of cheese is a good amount to get your protein and calcium without too much fat

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