Calories and kilojoules are both units of energy in food
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People often start the New Year with the best of intentions – eating right, regular exercise, cutting back on the booze. Often people will hop on the bandwagon of some extreme or ‘fad’ diet to kick start these New Year goals. The problem is that many of these fad diets aren’t nutritionally balanced and they are often too unrealistic and restrictive, so most people don’t stick to them.
When trying to set yourself up with long-term healthy habits, it’s important to approach it holistically – have a balanced diet, train regularly and try to adopt a good mindset where you are kind to yourself. This will have a far greater effect on your mind and body than adapting to strict and restrictive diets.
Balance & Variety
Having a healthy diet is all about choosing different nutritious foods throughout the day. Variety and balance with your meals will help meet nutrient requirements and will still allow you to enjoy an occasional treat.
Having the right serving size is important as this will help from over-eating as well as ensuring that you’re getting the right amount. This helps to provide the body with energy from carbohydrates, protein, and fats as well as essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Try and remember the five core food groups to be consumed each day:
Essential healthy fats from nuts, seeds and vegetable oils are also very important as this supports cardiovascular health, cholesterol regulation and helps to improve brain function.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Eating breakfast helps to kick start the body’s metabolism after a night of resting and fasting. It’s preferable not to skip breakfast because you can be left with less energy throughout the day which can lead to uncontrollable food cravings. Having a Kellogg’s breakfast helps you to meet daily nutrient requirements of vitamins and minerals and can also help improve your metabolism that will help you maintain a healthy weight. It’s also delicious, so why would you skip it!?
Keep A Food Diary
Keeping a food diary can be handy in keeping you accountable as you get used to new patterns of eating and it can also help you to track your great progress! It doesn’t need to be anything too complicated, just a simple table where you can note down: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water intake and any exercise you do. You’ll be surprised how useful it can be in helping you be consistent as you work towards your goals.