A slimming diet does not mean that you have to starve yourself for the rest of the holidays. On the contrary, it involves consuming nutritious food that will keep your body healthy and satisfy its nutritional needs.
What should the diet be like?
A nutritious diet will not involve taking in lots of calories. Confectionery, cakes, biscuits, sugary and alcoholic drinks should be avoided. They are high in calories and do not offer any extra nutrition. Your diet should include vegetables, fruit, lean meat, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, bread and cereals. These are not only low in calories, but also high in nutrition.
Fat provides almost twice as many calories as protein and carbohydrates per gram. If you reduce your fat intake, you can get a considerable reduction in your total caloric intake.
Cutting out fat from meat by choosing lean meats and trimming all visible fat before cooking will reduce your fat intake dramatically. Sausages, bacon and minced beef are all high in fat; therefore, lessen their intake.
Also, making some changes in your overall cooking patterns can also reduce fat consumption. Eating poultry without skin is a good idea. You should prefer steaming, grilling, baking or microwaving to frying.
If you want to slim down, you should avoid pies, pastries, biscuits, cakes, crisps and nuts. You can also replace full-fat products with their low-fat versions.
A minimum exercise of three times per week lasting at least 20 minutes is good enough for maintaining a leaner shape and burning fat.
Starchy staple foods like bread, rice, potatoes and pasta are not fattening. Instead, they are satisfying and filling. Wholemeal bread and brown rice should be preferred over their refined counterparts.
You can replace high fat foods with low fat foods, like fruits and vegetables, which will reduce your overall caloric intake.
Starchy foods, rich in carbohydrates, like bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and cereals will help to keep you full longer. However, you should avoid combining them with fattening foods like butter, spreads and creamy sauces.
You can look for nutritional information on food labels. This will help you identify the slimming foods from the fattening ones.
You should eat your meals in time to avoid tiredness and headaches. You might even end up overeating when you do eat.