When I say ‘proven’, I’m referring to the 8 things that I changed about my diet & lifestyle to lose a stack of weight post baby (from a size 14 to a size 8) . These are all easy tweaks to make but are usually the first to get swept under the rug during periods of high-stress or lack of time.

DRINK WATER

A lot of the time, hunger is confused with dehydration. Next time you feel like a snack, have a large glass of water and wait 20mins. Even mild dehydration can alter your metabolism. It’s also been proven that drinking water before meals promotes weight loss. Studies show that people who drink two glasses of water before a meal, eat less.

EAT BREAKFAST

Unless you practice Intermittent Fasting, eat a healthy breakfast. If you skip breakfast, by mid-morning you’re more likely to overeat and consume more calories than you need.

LEARN TO COOK

Eat more meals from home which helps you to control portion sizes and quality of ingredients. Aim to use mostly whole foods. The healthiest foods are those found just as nature intended – whole and unprocessed. When was the last time you saw an ingredient list on a stalk of broccoli or a fillet of fish? If you need inspiration or a fuss-free, kid-friendly plan to follow, check out my 28-DAY Meal Plan.

EAT A SMALLER AMOUNT OF REAL CARBS

Reduce and replace refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and cereal with complex carbs from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. The aim here is to keep your blood sugar levels stable because when this rises too often throughout the day so will your weight so eat lots of fruits & vegetables that are high in fiber to avoid this.

CHOOSE HEALTHY FATS

A common misconception is that healthy fats make you fat when in reality, they do the exact opposite and contribute to a healthy body and weight. Choose nuts, seeds, fish, avocado and extra virgin olive oil at each meal.

CONSUME PROTEIN AT EACH MEAL

Our bodies are literally made out of the amino acids that make up protein so we need protein for cell growth, blood sugar stabilisation and energy. Many foods contain protein but the most efficient sources are either animal products like meat, eggs and fish or plant sources like beans, nuts and seeds. If consuming animal protein, be mindful of the way the animal was raised and what it ate. Grass-fed, hormone-free and antibiotic-free sources should be chosen.

MOVE YOUR BODY DAILY

Do something active for at least 30mins every day. Exercise leads to decreased body weight, smaller waist circumference, lower resting heart rate, healthy blood pressure and improved mood.

GET PROPER SLEEP

Research shows that those who sleep five or less hours weigh at least 2.5kgs more than those getting at least seven hours of shut eye per night. Lack of sleep causes fatigue, low metabolism and overactive appetite so sleep more and weigh less!

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