Healthy Eating Tips Part 1

Healthy Eating : What works?

Healthy eating tips : Healthy MealLong gone are the days when eating cabbage soup breakfast, lunch and dinner promised the earth or that you will be completely transformed or even reborn into the genetic clone of Angeline Jolie or Brad Pitt. It didn’t work like many other fad diets! Why? Well for a start it was boring, lacking in vital nutrients, unsustainable and had some errrr undesirable side-effects!

Whilst many of us now know what doesn’t work how many have a clear view of what truly works when it comes to managing our weight? This is why as Personal Trainers who love our food we are always looking for the best eating methods that enable you guys to eat in style, while staying healthy and looking fab. So who better to look to for inspiration than the nutritional guru himself Doctor Ian Marber better known as ‘The Food Doctor’   

The Food Doctor’s 10 principles are the “building blocks” for the Everyday Diet and have been designed to be simple to remember and straightforward to incorporate into your lifestyle. There are no complicated calorie-counting or points systems. Sticking to the 10 principles is easy and will give you the tools to control your weight, feel healthier and have a better attitude to food.

In Part 1 of this blog we introduce the first 5 Principles outlined by the Food Doctor, and ask that you take steps toward implementing these to maintain a healthy weight whilst still enjoying life.

Principle 1: Eat protein with complex carbohydrates

Combining these food groups in the correct proportions will ensure you received a steady flow of energy, as the body converts foods relatively slowly into glucose. You can then avoid triggering insulin production therefore minimising the potential for your body to store food as fat.


Principle 2: Stay hydrated

It is important to drink plenty of water, preferably at least 1.5 litres (3 ½ pints) a day, and even more during hot weather or if you are exercising. Remember that, by the time your body tells you that you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Limiting your alcohol and salt intake is important too as these dehydrate the body.

Principle 3: Eat a wide variety of food

It is easy to get stuck in a routine when shopping: in fact, for 90% of the time the majority of us buy 10% of the variety of foods that are actually available to us. Try introducing two new foods to your shopping trolley every week.

Principle 4: Fuel up frequently

Eating the right foods little and often is a vital part of The Food Doctor plan. Doing this gives you a constant supply of energy throughout the day, avoiding the insulin rollercoaster and making hunger, tiredness and food cravings a feature of the past.

Principle 5: Eat breakfast

Breakfast is essential: eating a balanced breakfast supplies you with the fuel to help you maintain energy levels and set your metabolism up for the day. It can be hard to fit it into a busy lifestyle, but taking a few minutes to eat breakfast is fundamental to controlling your weight in the long term.

If you are serious about making sustainable change for the future then we highly recommend ordering the ‘Food Doctor Everyday Diet’ book. This will become a valuable resource.

It outlines the simple science behind why adopting the 10 principles works to boost your metabolism, lose body fat and remain energized throughout the day. It is also full of great recipes that can be prepared and ready to eat within 20 mins.