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I had an article published in a blog called The Juice Daily and the age online last Friday. Due to a lack of space they had to edit it down a bit. Below is the complete un-edited version.
With so many fad diets around these days it’s no wonder everyone’s so confused. Don’t get caught up in the hype, there’s so much marketing and misinformation around, it’s easy to get mislead. There’s a lot of information out there with little or no evidence to back it up. If you can stick to their restrictive diet plan you will probably lose some weight, but statistically most people are back to their starting weight or heavier within 2 years. The good thing is, all the information you need is free and available online in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating www.eatforhealth.gov.au
The guide gives you all the information you’ll need to build a healthy diet from the 5 food groups.
Unlike fad diets, this is all backed up by a tonne of scientific evidence.
Your aim shouldn’t be to remove food groups as suggested by a lot of diets, but to add more variety to your diet. Don’t believe the hype on superfoods...but rather you should aim to have a super diet. That is, a diet that is made up of a variety of fresh produce from the 5 food groups (listed above).
My 10 tips for reaching a healthy body weight:
1.Try eliminating as much packaged food from your diet as you can.
2.Have a healthy breakfast every morning
3.Try getting about 70% of your dietary intake from plant based foods
4.Shop around the outside of the supermarket. That’s where all the fresh food is!
5.Don’t make weight loss your main goal! Adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to your success.
7.Keep it simple!
8.Break your goals down into realistic short term goals!
9.Don’t be too hard on yourself!
10.Remember that drinks can also contain a lot of kJ’s.
If you mostly eat good fresh food in the right portion sizes, exercise regularly and keep a positive attitude you’ll be surprised at the results you’ll achieve, not only with your weight loss but also with improved general health.
If you need a bit of help with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, check out my blog at