Kathleen Alleaume, trusted health expert, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, author, and busy mum, shares her best ways lose weight and slim down – you’ll never try a fad diet again!

Break the fast
I know you’ve heard this a thousand times over – that’s because it’s the truth. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and a great time to sneak in fibre and goodness from fruits, grains and dairy. For a balanced option be sure to include low-GI carbos (muesli, high-fibre cereal or grainy toast) with some lean protein (eggs, dairy, soy, nuts). Pair this with some fresh fruit or veg for a great (and balanced) start to everyday.


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Wet your whistle 
We often confuse hunger for thirst; so by staying well hydrated you can prevent overeating at mealtimes – hence avoid the kilo creep. Always quench your thirst with water first before other food or drinks.

Sneak in an extra serve – of veg that is 
It’s as easy as adding some spinach to your morning omelette, or snacking on crispy carrot sticks with lunch. My e-book shows you what veggies are in season and how to make them the star of your meal instead of the side dish.

Power of proper portions
We live in a world where super-sizing is the norm, but big meals lead to big bellies. Try using smaller plates to serve your meals, filling half with vegetables, a quarter with low GI carbohydrates, and a quarter with lean protein.

Sit and savour
Make mealtimes relaxed and enjoyable. Set the table (even if it’s just yourself) and turn off any distractions like the television and mobile phones. Chew slowly and take a good 20 to 30 minutes to eat your meal, stopping when you feel satisfied. In other words, eat mindfully.

Get physical
Find 30 minutes or more to move each day. To stay active in summer, hitting the beach for a surf or swim, or a soft sand run, or play Frisbee with your friends. To learn exactly how much energy you burn during these water workouts click here.

Be a priority
Feeling healthy and good about yourself is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity. If you know you have a crazy week ahead then do some simple meal prep on the weekend and have a few back-up dinners in the freezer just in case. You can also squeeze in some exercise at work or while you watch TV.

Find out more about Kathleen’s e-book 10 Days to a Healthier You here.

How do you slim down? Tell us in the comments!