With summer only a few months away, you might be trying to get your body and diet right in time but are you going the best way about it?
There are a lot of myths and crash diets that aren't as good for you as you think they are. Do any of these sound familiar?
- "No carbs before Marbs"
Or wherever you're going! If you completely cut carbs from your diet you're guaranteed to lose weight but it isn't all good. You'll be really tired because carbs give you energy and once you start eating carbs again you'll pile the weight back on. If you want to cut down, introduce brown carbs or use alternatives.
- Meat, meat and more meat
One huge misconception that people make is thinking that meat is your only source of protein but this couldn't be more wrong. Beans, kale, spinach, broccoli and eggs (and more) are all vegetarian and vegan ingredients that contain plenty of protein so you don't always need to eat meat to get your fix.
- A huge, greasy cheat day
We've all been there - having a great week of eating clean and then you crave something bad, BUT smaller treats throughout the week are better than sticking to a strict diet and smashing a large Domino's pizza and 2-litre bottle of Coke every Saturday night. Plus you don't have to worry about the food coma...
- Indulging in alcohol
You can eat well and exercise regularly but once you indulge in a bit too much alcohol on a night out or a casual night in, you've cancelled out all your hard work. Most alcoholic drinks include more calories than you realise but there's nothing wrong with the occasional treat if you don't go mad!
- Crash diets
Celebrities often promote these but they aren't the best. Things like Atkins and the 5:2 diet are good but don't help on a long-term basis because you don't eat enough. Stick to a substantial balanced diet and regular exercise instead - Hallam Active is a good place to start!
- Cutting out all fats
Instantly you probably think that you need to cut fat from your diet because, well, you don't want to get fat but you're wrong - good fats exist! This means that you should be including foods like avocado, walnuts, olives, tofu, eggs and yogurt in your diet.