Dr Michael Mosley has offered his expert advice on the foods to stop eating now. Summer is in full effect, but there is still time to transform if you want to feel your best in the heat
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One of the most important aspects of achieving a healthier lifestyle is knowing what to eat and how much of it you should have.
Even though exercise is essential to staying healthy, often the root cause of weight gain is the food we consume and the quantity of it we eat.
In a landscape of conflicting reports, endless diets and unwanted gym costs, TV health guru Michael Mosley has stepped forward to help you see the forest through the trees.
According to him, there are four foods you can cut out that will help transform your diet.
With all things, it isn’t the total solution, but it certainly is the right first step in your journey to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Michael Mosley’s foods to cut
For years, Michael has been a big advocate of the Mediterranean diet and that hasn’t changed now.
In fact, he has incorporated it into his massively successful 5:2 diet, but stresses there are four food groups you shouldn’t touch.
He said: “Cut right down on sugar, sugary treats, drinks and desserts. That includes most breakfast cereals, which are usually full of sugar, as well as most commercial smoothies.
“Minimise or avoid starchy carbs – meaning the white stuff: bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice. Switch instead to whole grains including bulgur (cracked wheat), whole rye, wholegrain barley, wild rice and buckwheat. Brown rice is okay.
“Legumes such as lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas are healthy and filling, too.”
What is the 5:2 diet?
Essentially, the 5:2 diet allows you to eat pretty much whatever you want, as long as you dramatically reduce your calorie intake in two days of each week.
It is a form of fasting and with considered meal planning, it isn’t too hard to do.
However, with his new advice, Michael recommends following the Mediterranean diet and cutting out sugary processed foods to ensure you lose weight faster while staying healthy.
Michael advised switching “to a low carbohydrate, Mediterranean-style diet both on the days when you are fasting and when you are not”.
He recommends you consume no more than 500 calories on your two fast days, but don’t calorie count on the other five.
He said: “Today we have more hard evidence than ever that the 5:2 is one of the best ways to get slim and stay slim – as well as reduce your risk of illness. But this time there’s also a clever twist.
“Fast Days are easier than ever to shop and prepare for. It’s also handy if you’re watching your wallet as well as your waistline.”
Before switching diets, you should always consult your local GP first as what works for most may not work for you.