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Healthy Eating For Weight Loss

healthy eating for weight loss

Those familiar with the blog will know that I often post updates on my Slimming World results from time to time. Weight loss is a very tricky road to navigate, and like most roads, it will have bumps along the way.

Weight loss is much more than dieting in this day and age, with different avenues out there for everyone. Because we all need to approach weight loss in a healthy manner, I thought it would be a good idea to list some of the options out there that you may not know about.

Remember, losing weight doesn’t have to be a negative experience. From subtle changes to how we eat to seeing the positive in how a change in lifestyle can make us feel better mentally; from this list, there will be something out there for you.

Different weight loss programs to look in to include:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • DDP Yoga
  • Slimming World
  • Alevere
  • Part-Time Vegan
  • Paleo

Mayo Clinic Diet

Not often a bunch of doctors get together to make their own diet, but that’s exactly what the Mayo Clinic did. Much of the literature is out there online for free, and some of it is a bit boilerplate in terms of what they advise (no snacking while watching TV/ swap sweeties for fruit etc.), but if you’re someone who can’t stand calorie counting or points-based systems, it may work for you.

DDP Yoga

This is surprisingly relatively unknown over here in the UK. Created by a former professional wrestler called Diamond Dallas Page, this is a yoga-based workout routine that uses your body and nothing else to work out.

It’s a staged based workout that, if followed strictly, will see you lose weight steadily. There’s a great blog post about how it’s good for men here, but if you were someone who feels like having a massive shift in lifestyle change and is more concerned with being active over what you eat, this is worth reading up on.

Slimming World

You’ll know already I post about Slimming World a good bit (read my Slimming World posts). It is one of the most popular weight loss programs out there and easy to see why when you get used to the ins and outs.

Unlike many weight loss programs; there’s a sense of community and the support network is fantastic. If you want to take the journey in baby steps that leads to strides, it could work for you.

Alevere

Some people think that when you want to lose weight, you can just hop on an operating table and banish it. That’s a very dangerous and unrealistic way to achieve weight loss. Thankfully, breakthroughs in non-invasive treatments have made options like Alevere weight loss more popular.

It’s a combined non-invasive treatment and diet plan that aims to create sustained weight loss (i.e.. no yo-yo problems) and can adapt to a daily routine. I haven’t tried it out, but it is worth reading up on.

Part-Time Vegan

This isn’t a soapbox style diet, but rather more of a culinary challenge for some of us. A big part of problem diets is that it’s all too easy to fall into traps with eating habits. By taking on a part-time vegan diet, you can go anywhere from swapping an unhealthy lunch one day a week to complete overhaul in your kitchen.

To get you to try new foods in different ways, you could see yourself actually enjoying the act of pushing your food boundaries. And it doesn’t have to be dear to try it out. Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg range is fantastic right now. They have sausages that actually taste like sausages, as opposed to that bean-y texture, and they do things like katsu style kebabs and pulled pork pizzas that have a good level of flavour while bringing the calorie count right down.

Paleo

I’ve left a tough option for last. The Paleo diet is very popular right now but requires a lot of dedication to keep it going. The diet stops you from having any cheese, grains, soy (unbelievable how many foodstuff have it as an ingredient) and most processed stuff.

It does seem to have results but is hard to stick too, and I’ve heard about the Paleo Flu most people get a week in when the body doesn’t know what to be at.

Stop thinking of food as restrictive!

Before I go, if you think that weight loss involves having to diet hard and restrict yourself, you’re doing it all wrong. I’ve been using various Slimming World recipes while the weather has been fantastic to eat food with a summer flair. If you’re interested, some of the recipes I’ve written about you should check out include:

You can see all the recipes I’ve tried out right here.

This is a collaborative post

It’s not cheap to eat healthily…

I started Slimming World a few weeks ago (you can see my progress on my other blog, Quest of a Shrinking Lady!) and the thing I’m struggling with the most is not, as you would think, having to limit my intake of chocolate, crisps and cakes, it’s trying to fit the cost of all the fruit, vegetables and lean meats that the diet calls for, into the weekly grocery budget; I’m finding that it’s not cheap to eat healthily.

I know this ‘diet’ (it doesn’t feel like a diet at all!) is wonderfully healthy for the whole family because we’re all eating more than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but I’m not sure how we’re going to keep up with the cost of it!

I had thought that not buying all the crisps, desserts and unhealthy snacks that I used to, would offset the cost of the fruit, veg and meats but when you look at it, a packet of 5 chocolate chip cakes from Tesco can cost as little as 50p; we usually buy Tesco Value anyway so the cost of those cheap treats doesn’t compare to the cost of the healthy things we now have to buy.

I used to buy the cheapest cuts of meat but now we have to have the leanest; obviously, the more work they have to do to prepare the food pushes the prices up.
I now have to buy pork mince to make homemade sausages rather than buy a bag of 20 frozen ones. And yes, I do know that homemade are 100% better for us but we don’t have the income to be able to choose the healthiest options all the time and a bag of 20 sausages does 2 meals for £2 whereas a pack of lean pork mince does 1 meal for £4.

Just that one comparison shows the huge difference between the cost of meals on our new way of eating but somehow, I have to make this work because it’s best for us all in the long run.

I see a lot of Slimming World recipe research is in order to find healthy, tasty meals that can be made for a smaller cost.

If any of you have Slimming World recipes to share, I can always use some inspiration 🙂

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