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Lose weight but avoid the pangs of hunger

As spring arrives, many of us take a long hard look in the mirror and resolve to lose a few kilos quickly. If you want to stay healthy and want to avoid yoyo dieting, you’re going to have to rethink what you eat and your eating patterns. 1 to 2 kg a month are about the right amount to lose if you want to avoid an adverse impact on your health. "You can achieve the weight you feel comfortable with without starving yourself above all by eating a balanced diet and getting as much exercise as possible,” explains nutritionist Harald Seitz.

Mindful eating and a varied diet

A balanced diet means, in the first place, eating more mindfully, choosing a wide variety of foods and keep the different food groups in the correct balance. "Vegetables, raw food, leafy salads and fruit are ideal foods if you want to lose weight,” says Seitz. The contain a lot of dietary fibre, which are low calorie but make you feel full. Wholegrain cereals are also healthy and satisfy your hunger. "When it comes to milk and dairy products and cold cuts, you should choose the low-fat alternatives,” he advises. You can reduce the amount of fat you eat, by cooking with minimal fat in a coated pan or roasting in a clay pot, like a chicken brick. You don’t have to give up sweets and snacks completely, but keep the portions very small and only eat them occasionally. Especially while you’re working to lose weight it’s very important to drink enough. "The best things to drink are tap water or bottled water, unsweetened herb and fruit teas and occasionally highly diluted fruit juices.” 

Steer clear of slimming pills!

Slimming pills are not a good way to lose weight, as a recent study by the German consumer watchdog, Stiftung Warentest, again confirms. The testers investigated 20 products – capsules, fat blockers, carbohydrate blockers or fat burners and concluded that none of them were scientifically proven to deliver clear and sustained weight loss. For 15 of the 20 test products, there wasn’t even adequate evidence that they really help with losing weight. The best that could be said of them was that none of them contained risky substances such as banned appetite suppressants. But side effects like allergic reactions are possible. Some of the products have been developed to swell up in your stomach, but this can cause constipation. "It’s far better to invest the money you would have spent on pills and potions in a fitness studio membership or joining a sports club,” advises Seitz.

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.aid.de