Eat good fat
Today, make sure you don’t neglect your fat requirements.
Why? fat may be high in calories (1g fat contains 9 K cal), but it’s essential for the body. For proof, we should get 25% of our daily calories from fat! A very low-fat diet can cause mood swings, bad skin, joint pain and – yes – weight gain. If you eat good fat, though, you’ll actually lose weight because healthy fat slows down the passage of sugar in the blood.
How? Ideally, 20-25% of our diet should be made up of good fat, i.e. essential fatty acids (nuts, seeds, oily fish, rapeseed oil and walnut oil) and monounsaturated fat (extra virgin olive oil).
Reduce your intake of less healthy types of fat (found in dairy produce, butter and meat) to a minimum. Eat oily fish at least twice a week, and have a few nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds) with every snack.
A hard-boiled egg and a sliced tomato on a slice of rye bread
Half a dozen raspberries
A handful of nuts
300ml soy milk
Cucumber and salmon on toast
A handful of grape seeds
A handful of sunflower seeds
Tuna and sweetcorn pasta: mix 6 tbsp cooked whole wheat pasta, half a tin of tuna in brine, 2 tbsp sweetcorn and half a small tin of tomato sauce. Serve hot, with steamed veg and lemon juice.