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Spring signals a fresh start…

Spring always brings that feeling of fresh new beginnings!

We’ve put a simple checklist together to help you with your weight control…

  • Enjoy the framework of 3 meals per day – evenly spaced over the day
  • As the days warm up – check the system for your water intake. Water is the fluid that hydrates you well and good hydration gives improved appetite control.
  • The longer days of springtime really do help us to get out and get active. Keep it short and push the pace …  20 – 30 minutes of brisk walking is perfect.
  • Shop on a regular basis – easy access to the right foods promotes good food choices. When it comes to the protein remember to buy less, cook less and eat less.
  • The balance of carbohydrate and protein at each meal with help you with longer lasting fullness.
  • Be generous with greens – it’s not just the fibre they provide, but the actual physical action of chewing also helps you to feel more satisfied.
  • Accountability is a strong factor in helping to tweak your lifestyle – keep a food diary by your bed and record your intake of food, fluid and exercise at the end of each day.

A few small changes...

  • Taking out 1 slice of bread per day gives a 4.5kg weight loss at the end of a year.
  • Reducing your weekly wine intake by 4 glasses gives a 5.8kg weight loss at the end of a year.
  • Reducing your meat, chicken or fish portion at the evening meal by 25g daily, gives a 5 kg weight loss at the end of a year.
  • Changing your morning latte from regular milk to trim milk gives a 6.5kg weight loss at the end of a year.
  • Reducing your oil, butter or margarine intake by 1 level teaspoon per day gives a 4.3kg weight loss at the end of a year.

Just a 5kg weight loss is often enough to improve blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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