Nutrition experts from BANT have shared the ten sensible ways to get fit forever - no calorie counting required!
# 1 Protein, protein, protein
You'll find it in fish, chicken, lean meats, beans, pulses and nuts – and it's essential for your body to grow and repair. But the best bit? It'll also keep hunger locked up til lunch!
# 2 Don't skip meals!
It might seem like a get-fit-quick scheme but your blood sugar and energy levels will dip, leaving you hungry for naughty snacks.
#3 Switch white foods to brown
The whole-grain equivalent to white pasta, rice and bread has far more nutrients and will be broken down much more slowly. Win, win, win!
#4 Drink more water
Choose water, herbal tea and diluted fresh fruit juice instead of coffee or black tea. Stimulants like tea, coffee and cola will give you a boost, but then a dip leaving you looking for a caffeine fix, or a choccie bar.
#5 Manage your stress
Planning a wedding can be a big pressure-point, and stress plays havoc with your hormones, slowing down your metabolism and making your body more likely to store fat. Stress even has the same impact on your body as sugar, so relax as you eat, focus on chewing slowly and take time over your food.
#6 Eat five times a day
Three healthy meals and two or three snacks will give you all the nutrients and energy you need – just exchange chocolate bars and crisps for unsalted nuts, hummus with carrot and oat cakes.
#7 Remember, some fat is good fat!
The more angelic fats will even aid your weightloss, so make sure you don't rule out oily fish, avocado or unsalted nuts. Although we're afraid biscuits and cakes fall into the bad fat list. Sorry!
#8 Get your beauty sleep
A good rest will stop you feeling the need to find energy in the form of cake.
#9 Stop calorie counting
Yes, really! Your body knows what it needs sustenance wise, far more than a controlled diet. Eat slowly and stop when you no long feel hungry. Keep portion sizes under control, meals shouldn't be larger than your cupped hands put together.
Of course, how could we forget! Movement is key to your body's health – emotionally and physically.