Unless you’ve been living under a rock as of recent, you’ll have probably seen the backlash from the Cancer Research UK advert which is sweeping the country. The advertisement poses as a traditional cigarette packet, but instead of the famous brand names it states, “Obesity causes cancer too.”
As the accustations of fat shaming swirl around the social media sphere, it’s clear that Cancer Research UK is getting an incredibly bad wrap for this. The campaign is based off the back of new statistics which revealed that obesity is the biggest preventable form of cancer, with smoking ranking as the second largest.
Regardless of your feelings about the campaign, it got us thinking about obesity and how you can use nutrition to combat obesity best.
It’s undeniable that Obesity leaves you susceptible to some pretty scary health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, gallstones and indeed cancer to name just a few. In another shocking statistic, obesity can shorten your life expectancy by 3-10 years.
Shocking statistics are one thing, but what can you actually do to treat or prevent obesity? There’s weight loss shakes on the market, teas and other supplements that claim to be your quick fix… we hate to tell you, but that’s not going to be the answer to all your problems.
In truth, Obesity is treated with good nutrition and getting your body moving – as much as some people don’t want to hear that! Whilst exercise is a fantastic and necessary way to lose weight, today we’ll be focusing on how nutrition is the tool you need to treat and prevent obesity.
It can all be pretty confusing, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free? It really is no wonder people get overwhelmed. But at Eat Naked NI, we’re here to make it as simple as possible for you, with so many options all under one roof in lots of tasty, nutritious meal options.
Our goal is to fill our bodies with nutritious, filling meals which will optimise our health and reduce any cravings. Whilst too many carbohydrates, too much sugar, protein, fat or anything can be detrimental and cause weight gain, there is not one single food or macronutrient to blame rather the focus should lie on improving the diet overall.
Calories are King
Overall, what’s important for losing weight is to stick within a calorie deficit. This means you must be eating less calories than you are expending with all your daily activities. We provide meals that are filling and keep your cravings at bay whilst providing all the nutrients your body needs, without costing the earth.
Increase your fruit and veggies
Eating more fruit and veg will act as a good source of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants. This also means you will be eating more filling and satiating food, so you’ll be satisfied for longer. All meals by us at Eat Naked NI are full of fruit and veggies as we don’t use any refined sugar, dairy or gluten in our meals, this benefits you as not only are they super tasty, your digestive system will thank you tenfold!
Reducing the bad stuff!
Processed meats, junk food, takeaways and too many refined carbohydrates (think sweets, doughnuts, white bread – the stuff we usually love!) At Eat Naked NI, we provide dairy free, gluten free and without refined sugar so we take all the things that could be detrimental to your health and take them out of the equation.
We definitely don’t recommend you cut out foods, but everything in moderation and a little treat now and again is the way forward. Balance is key, you want to have a diet that allows you tasty food, but to lose weight across the way. A varied diet is the best way to ensure you are getting all the nutrients needed to nourish the body.
Knowing what’s in your food is super helpful. KNowing what 200g of chicken looks like or 10g of peanut butter is a lot less than we realise. Meals by us at Eat Naked NI, are all calculated and portion controlled with optimum levels of macro and micronutrients all for your benefit. Not only are our meals incredibly convenient, but they are perfect for beginning your journey to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Developing healthy habits!
Creating healthy habits, specifically surrounding your nutrition, begins with having a good mindset which is dedicated to your goals. Nothing ever comes easy, but when you develop a habit surrounding your nutrition, it will feel natural to sustain a healthy balanced diet. After time, you can then look to incorporate mindful eating and intuitive eating into your diet so that these healthy habits can continue over a longer period of time, helping you to sustain a fabulous healthy lifestyle far away from the risks of obesity.
Water, Aqua, H2O…
No matter what you want to call it, you need hydration in your system! Focus on making sure you’re drinking enough water by keeping a water bottle at your desk or using an app to track how much you’re drinking. If you drink lots of sugary drinks, try swapping them for water or sparkling water with some fruit!