There’s nothing worse than committing to a new diet, only to realise months down the line (when you’ve hardly lost any weight) that you were sabotaging your own efforts.
Many healthy foods aren’t nearly as healthy as you’d like them to be, and they contain sugars and fats that destroy an otherwise clean diet.
Take a look at these tips from the pros.
- Beware of hidden fats in sauces and cooking oils. Instead, use a non-stick pan with Spray & Cook to fry your food. Otherwise steam, grill or microwave all your food.
- Don’t be afraid to spice things up with whatever dry herbs and spices your taste buds desire.
- Use balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and a little (1-2tsp) olive or flax seed oil for dressing on your salads and veggies. A little tomato and Tabasco sauce is OK, but most other sauces are too high in sugar and/or fat to form part of an effective fat loss plan.
- Minimise your alcohol intake as it has no nutritional value, serving only as a source of empty calories.
- Try and increase your fluid intake from two to at least three litres (four if possible) by drinking as much pure, cold, clean and fresh water as possible. Feel free to use diet drinks (Tab, Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, Lipton Ice Tea Light etc). Steer clear of fruit juices which, despite being considered healthy, are far too sugar and calorie dense to serve as a drink option for someone trying to lose body fat.
- Avoid using sugar to sweeten your food or beverages (tea and coffee). Rather opt for a non-nutritive sweetener, like Equisweet, Equal or Canderal tablets and sachets. If you are going to use milk make sure it’s fat free (i.e. skim milk) and not 2% low fat.
- When using a protein powder or low carb meal replacement shake as one of your meal options (which you can do for one or two of your daily meals), stick to either cold water or a 50/50 blend of cold water and fat free milk.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.