I have added a new section that I am adding to my site called ‘Low Calorie,’ as I am being asked by people almost on a daily basis, to give them recipes and ideas to eat healthier.
I would like to stress at this point, that although the recipes are ‘low calorie’ I do this with health, rather than weight loss in mind. Many will enjoy a loss of weight naturally when they eat well and ditch the junk. Just testing some of my recipes over the last week, I have lost well over half a stone in weight, yet I do not feel deprived. It is important to eat well and make sure that you get the right calories in your body for your height/sex/age/weight and activity level. With that in mind, I have a few useful suggestions for you.
First I purchased a pedometer quite cheaply from Argos for around £14.00. It simply straps to your waist and you can forget about it and get on with your day. I always aim for 10,000 steps per day but often it will end up being 12,000.
Second, I placed the nutracheck app on my phone, which enables me to find out what my calories should be. It also allows me to check food calorie/fat levels and I can add the food either from a bar code scan or manual input. I also get control over how much weight I may wish to lose, whether I wish to stay at my weight or if I want to gain some weight. It gives me lots of useful data and some of which has been surprising. Simply swapping dairy yoghurt to a soya alternative reduced my calories by quite a substantial margin. The biggest shock was that I really enjoyed the soya version, and do not find it in any way a sacrifice. The next myth I wish to dispel is that fruit and veg are ‘free food’. I need to be clear that they DO contain calories. For instance 1 large banana is around 92 calories, whereas a nectarine is 36 calories. Little swaps and changes can make a huge difference. The app also gives you information on how many of your 5 a day you are eating, plus how much water you have drunk and still need to drink!
Third, I purchased a good set of digital scales as portion control is the biggest issue many people have. Weigh out 30g the recommended amount of Special K cereal, and be truthful as to whether or not that is the amount you usually place into your bowl?
To be healthy and to lose weight is not rocket science. What it does require is discipline and commitment. Exercise (even brisk walking) and eating well, will not just help you shift a few pounds but will make you feel more alive and well.
Over time, I shall be giving you some recipes for low-calorie foods to help you. These will be rough calorie guides and of course depends on your portion sizes.
Here is to health for 2016!