5 old-school fitness trends that really work

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After all, if it ain’t broke… That’s why we’ve picked out some top trends from the past that get the job done when it comes to nutrition and weight loss

1. Have a plan B

The downfall to so many diets? When life doesn’t quite go to plan – you’re running late, for example – and you find yourself hungry and stuck somewhere with no healthy eating options. This can be a frustrating situation to find yourself in, so it’s best to have a back-up meal ready to go. Protein bars are a great choice – easy to store in your glovebox, handbag or around the house, they’re also very filling. Perfect for keeping you going until your next healthy meal!

2. Small plate, big difference

This one sounds too good to be true, but it really works. Studies show that using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate for your meals can reduce the amount of food you can comfortably eat by up to 30%! This trick works because we’re wired to want to finish everything on our plates. So, if you polish off your smaller plate, you’ll feel satisfied even if there was less than usual in front of you to eat. Wonderfully simple, and effective!

3. Meal prep

As with many things in life: fail to prepare, and prepare to fail. For dieting, meal prep is a lifesaver. Not only does it make meals more affordable, thanks to making dishes in bulk in advance, but it means you always have something healthy to hand. It’s a great way to get more vegetables into your meals without having to think about it. 

4. Mind over matter

For many of us, food is much more than a practical way of keeping full. We can crave it when we’re celebrating, commiserating and everything in between. That’s why it’s worth remembering that, when you think you’re hungry, you may not be. It may be that you want to eat for another reason – because the clock tells you it’s lunchtime and that you usually eat now, for example. Or perhaps you’re having a down day, and are tempted by sugary snacks to lift your energy. Eating is also a social activity so, if friends are going out for pizza, you may join even if you’re not feeling too peckish.  Next time you think you’re ready to eat, try doing a mental scan of your body. Do you actually feel hungry, or is something else influencing your appetite? 

5. Half and half

Let’s face it: dieting can be dull if you enjoy dining out. Who wants to order a salad when everyone else is tucking into carbonara? So why not try this retro trick: next time you order at a restaurant, just ask the waiter to save half of your meal and put it in a box to take home. Not only does this cut your calories in half, it also means you’ve got a tasty lunch sorted for the next day!

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