Now, as much as I hope you’re all sticking to those New Year’s diets and resolutions, we’re all bound to of let the odd one slip here and there, yes? Well, fear not! I’ve teamed up with fine dining chef and amateur jujitsu fighter Luke Downing to give you some super simple diet tips to keep you healthy and motivated!
Drink plenty of water. Yes, this is an age old rule of thumb, but it’s still just as important as it ever was, so don’t forget! Aim to consume 2-4 litres of water daily. It speeds up your metabolism, which in turn helps burn fat.
Don’t let them nutrients run away. Put quite simply: steam your veg! Steaming vegetables locks in the nutrients, which are otherwise lost when boiled. I find if you haven’t got a steamer handy, putting a wire sieve over a pan of water, and covering it with the pan lid works just as well. If that doesn’t work for you, eat them raw!
Be picky with protein. Choose healthy protein sources like fish and chicken, avoiding processed meats, like burgers and hotdogs. Processed meats are binded with fat and are difficult to digest. Given all of the news coverage on processed meat scandals, this one shouldn’t be too hard to stick to.
Give breakfast the attention it deserves. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do we know why exactly? Well, it’s because we’ve been fasting through the night and our metabolisms have stopped being worked. Eating a good wholesome breakfast, stacked with high fiber and wholegrain, gets your metabolism raring again. So avoid the temptation to dash out the door with a coffee and slice of toast in hand, and put a bit of care and thought into breakfast time.
Give coffee the boot. Following on from above, replace the morning coffee with warm water and lemon. Not only will it help boost your metabolism, but it will also make you more alert than the brown stuff!