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Simple changes can make healthier lifestyle

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Last Updated: 18/01/2016 18:01:51   Tags: Simple Changes Can Make Healthier Lifestyle

Obesity in one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the UK, and is expected to be the biggest problems facing the NHS, with health experts predicting that by only 2050 half of the population will be obese. One in four adults and one in every five children between ages of ten and eleven are obese.

Documentary films such as ‘Fed Up’, ‘Cowspiracy,’ ‘Sick and Nearly Dead,‘ to name just a few available on Netflix have really brought it home to us just how important our diet can be, as it has a negative effect on our health, environment and how long we might live for. Experts this week have also said that there should be a super tax on sugary foods of 50%, so that we are forced to change our eating and drinking habits. The recent free sugar app introduced by the NHS, to help parents calculate sugar in foods says that children on average consume 22 kilos of sugar per year - the equivalent average weight of a five year old.

All of this information is hard to decipher but one sure way to live healthier and to help reduce our weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle is to make small changes to the way that you live forever, short term diets are supposed to be very ineffective in battling weight issues long term.

So here are few changes you could make to have a healthier lifestyle:

• Cut out drinking alcohol mid week, instead drink plenty of water

• Use coconut oil to cook in it’s much better for you

• Eat whole grain foods such as rice, bread, pasta and so fourth as this will not only keep you fuller for longer but will also be less likely to be turned fat

• Try and eat more vegetarian meals, 70g of processed meat or beef per day is now recommended by the NHS.

• Check food labels - Avoid buying anything where you do not understand the ingredients

• Use unrefined sugar, and use locally sourced honey as an alternative - this is could also help with allergies too.

• Cook from fresh, avoid buying processed food

• Any processed food – for example most of the contents of our supermarkets is full of fatty and sugary processed foods – try and avoid these, if you fancy a treat make your own cakes and biscuits using whole meal flour and unrefined sugar.