GOOD LIFE: Smart Moves with Susie Burrell

Here are the top five health and fitness habits that have been proven to support long-term weight control.

Make breakfast bigger

Eating breakfast means you are less likely to snack on poor quality food during the day and it boosts your metabolic rate. Plain toast or a coffee just doesn’t cut it. Make sure your breakfast contains some filling protein such as eggs, baked beans or protein powder and remember, the earlier you eat breakfast, the better it is for your metabolism.

Weigh yourself regularly

Aim for a visit to the scales once each week and if that is too daunting, instead try tracking your body measurements regularly.

Always carry a protein snack

The power of planning – carrying a small, nutritious snack means that you are far less likely to visit the vending machine and blow 1000kJ on processed foods such as potato chips and confectionery that your body doesn’t need. The best kilojoule-controlled, nutrient-dense choices include nut-based snack bars, cheese and cracker snack packs, fresh fruit and protein bars and shakes.

Eat at least 2 salad vegetables a day

Eating brightly coloured vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of developing some types of cancer and is a dietary area that many of us still need to work on. Always keep a carrot, celery or some capsicum strips with you so you at least eat two different, fresh vegetables each day.

Cut the fat

We are not talking about the good fats but the fried options such as biscuits, cakes, pastries, fries, burgers and fast food that is packed with saturated fat. Limit high fat treats to just once each week and you will be on the right track.

Susie Burrell is a dietician with degrees in both nutrition and psychology. Check out www.susieburrell苏州美甲美睫培训.au

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