January can be a tough time of year, it’s dark, cold and we’ve all had one to many mince pies, the last thing we want to contemplate is a diet! 80% of Brits do not believe that a ‘happy January diet’ exists and most end up heavier after dieting than when they began.
New research we have conducted has shown almost three-quarters of the country (72% of) are not happy with their weight & more than a quarter of the country (26%) is on a diet today. 70% can put on more weight than they lost.
Dr Jason McKeown, CEO & founder of Modius says: “It’s a proven-fact. Neuroscience tells us very clearly that, when it comes to weight-loss, our brains are the decision-makers and they are hard-wired to fight back when we lose weight.” Dr McKeown takes us through the steps we can take to make our diet easier and more enjoyable...
Tip 1: Rest
A really important factor in ensuring you stay on top form is to get enough sleep. The recommended amount varies for individuals but at least 7 hours a night is the norm for adults to function at their best! In order for your body to recharge it is vital to let it rest, however, too much sleep can be counter productive as this can leave you feeling groggy.
Tip 2: Make better food choices
Eating a balanced diet, high in nutrients and vitamins with plenty of fruit and vegetables is incredibly important in maintaining a healthy diet. Skipping meals is a big no, especially not breakfast which is often rich in nutrients and fuels you for the day ahead. What’s more, skipping breakfast can also inevitably lead to more snacking…! I believe that if you are on a diet and feel constantly hungry and very conscious that you are dieting then you are doing it wrong.
Tip 3: Portion size awareness
Being aware of portion sizes is also key - using smaller plates is a tip that can help guide you on how much is too much! It’s helpful to remember that it takes an average of 20 minutes for your stomach to send a message to your brain to say it’s full, so chewing food slowly can help with this.
Tip 4: No snacking in the evening
Another top tip is to try and avoid snacking after 7pm in evening. Eating more carbohydrate-heavy meals earlier in the day has also been proven to help prevent weight gain in some cases as our bodies have more time to digest these foods.
Tip 5: Be more active
Regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy weight. A brisk walk is a great option as it’s suitable for all levels of fitness and aids weight loss by burning calories, as well as getting you out of the house, filling your lungs with fresh air. It is also great for those who may not be able to do high impact sports such as running or boxing. It’s important to remember that a build-up of activity over time is fine and you shouldn't feel you have to go from nothing to everything in a day.
Tip 6: Stay hydrated
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of staying hydrated! People constantly underestimate the importance of drinking enough fluids throughout the day. The health benefits are endless, including higher levels of concentration, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and regulating your body temperature. Two litres of water a day is the recommended amount.
Tip 7: Cut down on alcohol
Most of us enjoy consuming alcohol from time to time, (particularly over the festive period with a glass of mulled wine) but drinking too much is one of the most common ways you can pile on the pounds. For example, did you know that a glass of wine can contain as many calories as a bar of chocolate?
Tip 8: Engage your brain
If all of this seems unachievable after festive indulgence, engage your brain to help this January - find your motivation in 2019 with Modius. Modius is the latest weight-loss technology that has been designed to gently stimulate key areas in the brain associated with appetite and cravings. The idea is that when people try to lose weight, they find the overall process easier and are therefore much more likely to succeed. Modius is changing the concept of how someone can lose weight, and more importantly, keep it off.