On the surface of things, losing weight is basically calories in vs calories out.  If you eat more than you burn off, your body will naturally store that excess energy as fat.

Now, does this mean that you can eat what you want, just less of it?

No.  Eating a diet that is high in fibre (wholegrains, lentils, fruit and vegetables) with lean protein (white meat, fish, tofu) and the right kinds of fats (from fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil) will provide your body with nutrients to utilise fat stores.

In order to lose weight you have to consider your blood sugar levels.  Imagine your daily intake of food, converted into energy.  You want to keep your blood sugar as stable as possible.  Cravings come about as a result of a dip, and as a result you’ll want to grab for the biscuit tin. Eating food that has long-chain carbohydrates (polysaccharides) means a slower release of energy.  This is because it takes the stomach longer to digest.  It is ideal to eat carbohydrates with protein too, to slow the release of energy further.  This is because protein and carbohydrates need different environments to be digested. While carbohydrates provide the energy, and protein provides the building blocks for the body, healthy fats provide healthy hormone balance which is key in mood stabilisation, healthy skin and joints, and the release of fats. Fibrous foods come usually from foods that are also high in nutrients.

A body that has fibre can digest food, process it and deposit it in a timely manner.  Without fibre, the digestive system struggles to get rid of waste before it starts to decompose.  Toxic food like this can be reabsorbed into the body, with some nasty side effects. So, if you’re planning on losing weight, focus more on wholesome foods with plenty of colour and variety.

As I always say, keep the chain from farmer to fridge as short as possible.

If you’d like to discuss your diet, or have any health concerns, why not call and speak with me at Patshull Park Hotel Leisure Reception? The telephone number is 01902 701260.

Olivia Kimbell Dip NT