After the blow-out of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the long warm days are the perfect backdrop to plans to shake up diet and exercise routines. Lite n’ Easy’s Maryl-Ann Marshall, a dietitian with more than 40 years’ experience, tells WHO why she believes eating well is at the heart of wellbeing, and how healthy food can taste great and be satisfying.
What are the keys to long-term success in weight loss?
Research has shown that 80 per cent of weight loss and long-term maintenance is driven by diet. Finding a balanced eating pattern you can stick to long-term is key. Because Lite n’ Easy follows the Australian Dietary Guidelines and we have done all the nutritional heavy lifting, customers learn what a healthy diet is simply by eating the food. They see good nutrition in action. Something they can follow on their own once they stop Lite n’ Easy. They get a long-term solution. Because customers don’t have to plan, shop or prepare their food they don’t become fixated by what they are eating. They enjoy the food, see results of either weight loss or feeling better and realise that eating well is not that hard. Evidence is suggesting that a well-nourished body facilitates better mental-health outcomes. Lite n’ Easy is not designed to be a short-term diet but rather a long-term eating model.
How can you face down fear of failure with weight loss?
Set realistic goals to begin with. Falling into the trap of believing fad diet claims, such as those that say you can lose upwards of 2kg a week, only ends in disappointment. Everyone’s body is different, but studies have shown that for long-term, healthy weight loss, you should aim to lose ¼–1kg per week. With a proven, credible eating plan like Lite n’ Easy, that’s exactly what you can achieve.
5 Steps to your goals
1. Eat five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit every day.
2. Eat mindfully— chew well, enjoy every mouthful of food.
3. Check in on hunger levels. Don’t just eat because it is there.
4. Surround yourself with healthy options—keep the junk food at bay.
5. Take control, believe in yourself and think of good food as a body hug!