If you spend your life worrying about what you are eating, then you are probably causing your body more harm than good. Leading nutritionist and IsoWhey® ambassador, Zoe Bingley-Pullin says the way to get the body you’ve always wanted is to give up on dieting and stop stressing about food.
“Stress can increase your body’s cortisol, which is a chemical that plays a role in hormonal and metabolic reactions. When cortisol levels are increased, it can affect your ability to lose weight and even lead to weight gain,” says Zoe.
One way to decrease our levels of stress is to change our mentality about food. “We need to stop thinking about ‘dieting’ and start thinking about adopting a long-term healthy eating plan. If you have a piece of cake, don’t worry about it. As long as we’re eating well 80 percent of the time, then it’s fine to enjoy an occasional treat,” she says.
In time for summer and to help you get the body you’ve always wanted without dieting, Zoe has put together her top tips for long-term healthy eating:
1. Feed yourself well – Forget calories and fat grams. Instead, focus on feeding yourself balanced meals and snacks when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re satisfied.
2. Give up notions about “good,” “bad” and “forbidden” foods – If we forbid a food, it often makes us want it more. So learn to eat all foods and tune in to what you really want, not just what you think you want because you “shouldn’t” have it.
3. Exercise regularly – There’s much more to physical activity than burning calories. It’s a tremendous stress reducer, and its feel-good benefits kick in almost immediately. Make regular physical activity something you look forward to by coming up with fun ways to move your body.
4. Take time for yourself every day – Whether it’s 10 minutes to reflect and relax, or it’s a fun activity that will revitalise you, making time for yourself is critical! Write a list of favourite activities and make time to do at least one every day. Invest in yourself.