It’s not just a case of cutting calories. The traditional low-fat diet makes some aspects of the metabolic syndrome worse. To escape the fat trap, you need to shift the balance of nutrients.
And there’s a lot more to good nutrition than vitamins. You can’t make a poor diet healthy by adding vitamins and supplements. But you can learn to choose the right foods in the right amounts to give you protein, fat and carbohydrate (as well as micronutrients) in just the right proportions. That’s the key to healthy metabolism.
‘ Food is an important part of a balanced diet.’ – Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, 1978
Imagine the satisfaction of losing inches and pounds of fat while enjoying three tasty meals and three snacks a day. ‘Fast food’ has come to mean ‘junk food’, but delicious, healthy meals can be really quick to prepare. If good food isn’t convenient, you’ll never get round to eating it.
Of course, no matter how good your diet, your metabolism won’t be well tuned unless you get some exercise. But that needn’t mean going to the gym. Why not make use of my chart to keep track of your exercise?
And if you are poisoning every cell in your body with tobacco smoke, you know you need to stop smoking. You can get help at www.quit.org.uk or www.nhs.uk/gosmokefree or from your doctor’s surgery.