Top 10 tips for a healthy diet

Guide to a healthy diet

Need to get back on track with your healthy eating? We have rounded up 10 of the best quick tips for a healthy diet that will instantly kick-start your daily diet to a more healthy state.

Breakfast porridge with bluberries and raspberries

1. Drink lots of water. Take a 1.5-liter (50oz) bottle of water to work with you, and try to finish it all by home time.

2. Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. If you find this difficult, then remember that smoothies, juices and dried fruit all go toward your five-a-day quota.

3. Never skip breakfast, as it’s the most important meal of the day! Opt for something that will release energy slowly — porridge and a handful of blueberries are a great option!

4. Plan your meals for the week ahead. Write a shopping list and stick to it — and never shop when you're hungry, as this is a fatal error that inevitably leads you to stuffing your shopping trolley full of junk!

5. Keep a supply of healthy snacks to hand. Snacks can include fresh and dried fruit, wholesome cereal bars, rice cakes, low-fat fruit yogurts and wholemeal pitta and hummus.

6. Remove all visible fat from food before you cook it. Take the skin off chicken and trim the white fat off any meat. Also, try to avoid eating too many processed meats such as sausages and burgers (the fat's not visible from the outside, but it's certainly there!).

7. Limit your intake of stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar.

8. Limit the number of times you eat out to once a week. Take your own packed lunch to work or choose (non-creamy) soup in the canteen.

9. Eat properly. Don't cut out food groups — such as carbohydrates — altogether in a bid to lose weight quickly. Your body needs balance, so make sure you eat properly. And don't do denial — you'll only end up cracking!

10. Only eat things you like the taste of. Find what works for you, and don't force yourself to eat things just because they're good for you.

Comments (13)

  • PaulRitchie2 'I should really cut out the caffeine and sugar - I eat a chocolate bar every days and have loads of cuppas - although I do occasionally have them without milk. And cutting out alcohol completely is probably never going to happen (unfortunately!)'

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  • TonySmith2 'I generally always try to keep to the 5 a day thing and its useful to bear in mind that a fruit juice can count too because sometimes I don't always manage it with my meals, but can complete my quota with some juice.'

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  • HAN75 'I always drink lots of water just by having a glass of water permanently on my desk. When its gone I just go and get another. Simple!'

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  • haveago 'Water or any liquid is great for surpressing your appetite so that stops you reaching for the unhealthy snack options, so keep yourself well toippped up when you feel the hunger coming on. '

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  • sophiewarr 'For a few months now I've been taking a 1.5 Litre bottle of water to work with me every day. It has really helped me to up my intake, and rather that having to constantly refill my glass, it also means I can see exactly how much I have or haven't drunk. My previously tempremental skin is clearer and I'm definitely feeling the benefits!!'

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  • irene_carton 'i keep a jug on the kitchen table and a small glass and everytime the glass is empty i fill it up. i hate drinking water and i fool myself into thinking i am only drinking a small glass. by the end of the day i have gone through 6jugs so that is doing me a power of good. i can see a big differance in my skin.'

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  • Jogger09 'I struggle to keep hydrated, I work in a school and spend most of my day in the classroom and therefore don't have readily access to drinks.'

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  • Rachel_Amy 'These are some great tips. For me the most poignant are eating the things I like the taste of and not cutting out food groups completely. '

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  • JAY58VAI93SUMI67 'All the ideas are just great, but the fact is that most of us know all these and yet do not follow strictly. like for example do not skip break fast or drink a lot of water etc.By skipping break fast many a times when young I have developed ulcers. But now I strictly do not miss it. We sure should not miss out on any food groups as said as that will only lead us to starvation of the particular energy related to that food group. We should certainly consume all food groups in moderation.'

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  • jimmybrion 'Awesome... Actually i am eating very less breakfast since last 3 months.Every day i feel sleepy in office Now i came to know reason Just had Heavy break fast After reading this article. Morning Eat like a King, Lunch like a prince and Dinner like a Beggar(Read somewhere on internet)'

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  • wanderers1960 'if i had to pick just one thing out of this list DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST'

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