There are several diets available to help you to slim down and decrease the risk of obesity, which consequently decreases the risk of heart disease and other illnesses. Sometimes it can become slightly overwhelming. Therefore, Express.co.uk spoke to an expert about the simple ways you can improve your diet and to become healthier and lose weight.
Signe explained that dietary fibres make you full for longer, as well as having many health benefits such as preventing constipation and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and bowel cancer.
Some diets will instruct you to cut out carbs from your meals, or to lower your carb intake, however Signe said that some carbs are in fact “great sources of dietary fibre and protein”.
She recommended swapping white pasta for wholegrain pasta, white bread for wholegrain bread, and white rice for brown rice.
Referring to the bread, she said: “Make sure to read the nutritional label ad aim for high fibre and low sodium and sugar content.”
One of the most important things to remember when attempting to improve your diet, according to Signe, is not to jump on the “diet bandwagon”.
“Starting a trendy strict diet that you heard worked miraculously for other people, might not work perfectly for you. Weight loss is highly individual, and just because something worked for one person, it doesn’t mean that it will be suitable for all,” she explained.
The nutritionist added: “Many people just want to reach their goal as soon as possible, and don’t pay attention to a sustainable long-term solution, which often results in extreme diets, followed by old routines appearing again. It’s better to find a long-term solution that you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle.”
Signe also recommended learning how to read nutritional labels on the back of food products, enabling you to track your calories, but more importantly, to choose nutritious foods.
“The food you consume should have high nutritional value, meaning a high content of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, but also protein, healthy fats, carbs and a low amount of added sugar, sodium and saturated fat,” Signe said.