Eating clean just got easier with help from celebrity lifestyle coach Anthony Mayatt
Weight loss always starts with nutrition, and it’s the small changes that make the big difference. If you’re one to usually skip breakfast, focus on eating a nutritious breakfast every day for two weeks – you’ll soon find this becomes a habit. Opt for foods that are high in protein and fat (yes, really!).
Try new combinations, like an omelette with salmon and spinach, or rolled oats made with water or coconut milk topped with a handful of berries and chia seeds. Both of these recipes will stabilise your blood sugar levels and provide you with energy for longer. This will also speed up your metabolism, so you can increase the amount of calories you burn throughout the day.
In the Balance
Working out a balanced diet may seem like rocket science, but it’s not. As long as you are including enough macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), you really can’t go wrong. Foods such as oily fish, nuts, avocado, coconut oil and olive oil are great sources of fat, so try to incorporate these into your diet, while remembering to include protein in every meal.
Of course, eating clean can be difficult to stick to, so having the odd treat won’t hurt; sometimes we need to give into our cravings to prevent us from binging. it’s OK to reward yourself at the end of a healthy week with a meal of your choice – this won’t cancel out your efforts, but it will satisfy any cravings.
Always carry a small serving of nuts with you – try almonds or cashews – as these contain healthy fats and are great to snack on. For a healthy but tasty addition to your breakfast, try a homemade, super green smoothie with kale, lettuce, celery and spinach, and sweeten with pineapple.
Being healthy doesn’t have to break the bank. Buy frozen food in bulk so it can be stored, and prepare your meals and snacks the night before to prevent you from heading to the canteen for lunch – we’ve all been there!
Little miss motivation
When you start feeling a difference through eating more healthily, acknowledge how great you feel and how much more energy you have. This feeling should be the motivation you take with you to continue leading a healthier lifestyle long after you’ve tied the knot.
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