Our doctors have been working with several personal trainers to create simple health plans for ‘everyman’. The following nutrition tips are from cardiac fitness specialist, Rob Jones:
- Portion control: pay attention to how much you put on your plate and use smaller plates. Moderation is key for keeping in shape.
- Keep hydrated: aim to drink around two litres of water a day – that’s 10 glasses of 200ml each – and avoid sugary drinks, sticking to water instead. Also try to drink a glass of water before every meal; it’ll help you fill-up faster and potentially curb your appetite.
- Take your time when eating: Eat slower and taste your food. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to recognise how much is in your stomach, so take a break after you eat to lessen the temptation for another serving.
- Put leftovers away immediately: put them out of sight and you’re less likely to keep eating when already full. Better still, cut temptation altogether by getting rid of unhealthy leftover food and just leave the healthy stuff.
- Don’t give up: falling off the healthy living wagon for a few days doesn’t mean you should abandon ship completely. Simply acknowledge that you ‘slipped up’ or ate poorly and get back on your plan. New day, new start!
Exercise goes hand-in-hand with good nutrition to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Why not try one of our simple exercise plans, crafted for all abilities by Rob Jones?
For more direction on how to eat healthier, try one of our deliciously simple heart-healthy recipes.