1. Resist the leave-behinds
Tempted by the leftover fish finger or chip on your child’s plate? We know it, each bite adds up like this…
- 5 oven chips = 80 calories
- Half a fish finger = 28 cals
- 2 chicken nuggets = 88 cals
- 1/2 Fromage Frais pot = 49 cals
- 3-4 teaspoons baked beans = 17 cals
2 Say ‘no thanks’ with feeling
Think up new phrases to decline delicious desserts, such as “None of these puds float my boat”, or, “My new thing’s peppermint tea.” Well, it’s worth trying.
3. Reach for a remedy
Bach Original Flower Remedies new Emotional Eating Kit has three essences including Crab Apple for self-acceptance and Cherry Plum for rational thinking when a cake’s giving you the eye.
4. Organise your cupboards
“Keep all your delicious healthy food at the front so the tempting stuff is hidden,” advises Jane Mitchell, nutritional director.
5. Be carb-savvy
“Choose low GI carbohydrates like wholegrain bread, wholewheat pasta, basmati rice and oats, which keep you feeling fuller for longer,” recommends nutritionist Colleen Campbell.
6. Measure, don’t weigh
If you’re upping your exercise, your weight could go up, but don’t lose heart. Just look at the cm you lose instead.
7. Protein, little and often
“As a new mum, staying on the diet wagon is even more challenging when you’re tired! Try to ensure you have a little protein with each meal to keep you going and beat quick-fix cravings,” advises nutritionist and TV presenter Amanda Hamilton, mum to Ruaridh, 4 months.
8. If at first you don’t succeed… try again tomorrow
One bad day is just that, ONE bad day. Don’t make it a reason to give up.