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How to lose excess weight: Healthy Diet Plan January 2018

1. Eat a healthy breakfast

An omelette in a frying pan served with tomatoes

Start the day well – studies suggest those that start the day with a satisfying breakfast are less likely to make poor food choices later on. An egg-based breakfast is an excellent choice; nutrient-dense and a source of protein, eggs help keep you fuller for longer which means you may be less likely to snack later on. Sign up to our free Healthy Diet Plan to get the recipe for our healthy, herby omelette and other filling breakfasts, including super-satisfying porridge and nutrient-dense muesli.

2. Eat mindfully

A woman looking in the fridge and deciding what to eat

Get in touch with your hunger levels and think carefully about what your body is telling you. If you’re craving something sweet, are you really hungry or are you actually bored, stressed, tired or emotional? Trying to address these other needs can help you to feel better without eating when you’re not really hungry. Depending on what your body needs, you might try distracting yourself with a fun or relaxing activity, having a quick nap or calling a friend for a chat. If you really are hungry, eating a healthy snack should tide you over until your next meal. Take a look at our balanced snack and sweet treat suggestions.

3. Curb night-time cravings

A bowl of Mexican pasta with sweetcorn, peppers, onion and avocado

If you’re prone to overeating in the evening, you’re not alone. Many people eat a large proportion of their daily calorie intake once they’ve settled down on the sofa, and if you’re aiming to lose excess weight, this can hinder your efforts. Be prepared and plan to eat a satisfying, balanced dinner that you know you will enjoy, such as the spicy Mexican-inspired pasta dish from our Healthy Diet Plan. Choosing a meal full of strong flavours, such as spices, combined with some naturally sweet ingredients, like sweetcorn or butternut squash, can help satisfy carb cravings.

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