After over-doing it over Christmas and New Year means lots of us will be looking to lose weight – and removing these two food groups can help.
Dr Michael Mosley, who is widely credited as the inventor of the 5:2 diet, has shared advice on what you should be eating and why.
And the TV expert, according to NottinghamshireLive, said cutting right down” on two food groups can help lose weight quickly.
Hot on the heels of 5:2 diet, Dr Michael says he has developed it further by including a Mediterranean diet on the five non-fasting days.
“Today we have more hard evidence than ever that the 5:2 is one of the best ways to get slim and stay slim – as well as reduce your risk of illness,” he said.
“But this time there’s also a clever twist.”
Calorie-controlled dishes which have been created with no more than five main ingredients are part of the new 5:2 diet.
“Fast days are easier than ever to shop and prepare for,” Dr Michael.
“It’s also handy if you’re watching your wallet as well as your waistline.”
Two days a week, 500 calories are consumed, and the other five days a week, you don’t have to calorie count.
But to “get much more benefit out of intermittent fasting”, Dr Michael advises switching “to a low carbohydrate, Mediterranean-style diet both on the days when you are fasting and when you are not”.
“That means more olive oil and nuts, as well as plenty of eggs, full-fat yoghurt, oily fish and vegetables.
“Make sure you fill up on protein and veg on your fasting days. Protein is very satiating and you can eat a lot of vegetables for very few calories,” he added.
But there are some food groups you have to eat less of if you want to improve your chances of losing weight.
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What you need to cut out – or cut down on
The doctor turned TV presenter and producer explained: “Cut right down on sugar, sugary treats, drinks and desserts.
“That includes most breakfast cereals, which are usually full of sugar, as well as most commercial smoothies.
“Minimise or avoid starchy carbs – meaning the white stuff: bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice.
“Switch instead to whole grains including bulgur (cracked wheat), whole rye, wholegrain barley, wild rice and buckwheat. Brown rice is OK.
“Legumes such as lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas are healthy and filling, too,” he added.
For those looking for advice about eating healthily and losing weight, the NHS offers a free weight loss plan. You can find out more online here
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