5 tips to help you improve your eating habits
Last month the government announced a new strategy to fight obesity in the UK. While this new policy was developed in response to the studies that found being overweight puts people at a greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
Some of the measures introduced through this new strategy called ‘Better Health’ include banning unhealthy food adverts, calorie labelling and a review of the front-of-pack nutritional labelling.
We agree that these are important steps and they can help the general population make better, healthier food choices and we fully support this initiative. Fitasty have been advocating healthy eating since the very beginning and we are proud to be fully compliant with the new measures displaying the calorie-content of all our meals and helping you understand how many calories you consume.
Let’s take this a step further! We would like to share with you some of our top tips for improving your eating habits:
- Take it one step at a time: throwing yourself at the deep end will make it much more tempting to quit too soon. Start with one small change, once you get comfortable why it, attempt another healthier choice. E.g. why not begin by cutting down on soft drinks and swapping them out for water? If that’s too difficult, start with ‘not drinking sugary drinks after 5pm’. Or make your own goal which is ambitious but achievable. Give it a couple of weeks and then introduce another step.
- Plan your daily snacks: if you know snacking is your weak spot, think of some healthy snacks and prepare them for the day ahead. E.g. cut up an apple and have it ready with some peanut butter in the fridge for when you need it.
- Be more active: it’s not always easy to introduce more activity into your daily schedule but when’s the better time to try than in the summer? Here are a couple of things you can try: get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the route; park the car at the very end of the car park when you go shopping. These may seem like small steps but they are a start and they will add up!
- Read food labels: when buying any ready-prepared meals, carefully read the label and understand how many calories is in each portion (and how many portions in the pack). This will help you make informed choices and understand which foods make up the most of your daily calorie intake.
- Cut down on alcohol: many people don’t realise it that alcohol actually many calories. A large glass of wine contains 200kcal. And how many can you have in one sitting? Why not try to cut down on alcohol and limit it to special occasions?
Let us know what you think about these tips and if any of these worked for you in the past in the comments. We would love to hear your thoughts on this!