While you should reduce a number of types of food, you don’t have to cut them out completely. You should enjoy your meals and not be constantly thinking about food because you are hungry or feel you are missing out on something.

The first part of good nutrition is being able to recognise your hunger signals. This means not eating out of habit when you are not hungry, such as snacking in front of the TV, and recognising when you are full. Sometimes being thirsty is mistaken for being hungry, so ensure you are drinking enough water (about 8 glasses per day)! Have a drink of water before you grab a snack if you feel hungry particularly if you have only recently eaten. To ensure you recognise when you are full, eat slowly to give your stomach time to send the signal to your brain that it is full. We’ve gotten into the habit of overeating which leads to feeling bloated and sluggish.

Don’t be tempted to go the other way either! Not getting enough to eat can reduce your efforts of weight loss as much as over eating! If your body is not getting enough calories to support your natural metabolic rate as well as any exercise you are doing, it will go into fat storing mode!

Written by: Lisa Hawthorne

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