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How to Achieve a Healthy Weight by Rosemary Conley

Recently we’ve been very happy to announce that healthy living guru Rosemary Conley CBE has become the Editor-in-Chief of our Life & Style magazine. Best known for her multi-million selling diet books and fitness DVDs, and as a TV health and fitness presenter appearing for seven years on ‘This Morning with Richard & Judy’, we are very excited about our new partnership with Rosemary.

In one of her first articles as Editor-in-Chief of our Life & Style magazine, Rosemary shares some important tips on how to achieve a healthy weight.

Risks of being overweight

Rosemary explains that being overweight can put us all at risk of serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes and much more. She reveals, “I know the importance of staying slim as I suffer from osteoarthritis in my feet. If I didn’t keep my weight down, I wouldn’t be able to walk”.

Health and weight have always been important but it is even more important as we get older. It is also crucial that we stay as active as possible.

Cut back on the fat

One way of achieving a healthy weight is by cutting back on calorie dense foods such as biscuits, cakes, chocolate, crisps, cheese, pastries, mayonnaise, sugar, butter and cream as they are so high in fat. We should try to eat more foods that give us valuable nutrients such as fruit and vegetables.

Rosemary also adds, “It was back in 1986 that I had to follow a low fat diet because I had gallstones. It not only helped my health, but also changed my body shape. I went from being a William’s pear shape to a Conference pear shape – still a pear shape, but a narrower one!”

How to cut back on the fat

Cutting back on the fat is easier than you think. Just by making some simple adjustments to the way you prepare food can make a big difference. Rosemary suggests adding milk or plain yogurt to mashed potatoes instead of butter or margarine. Oil is 100% fat and often we add oil to a pan just out of habit. If we use a non-stick pan or wok we can stir-fry any meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables without adding any highly fattening fat or oil which is ideal for anyone living alone who wants to prepare a quick and easy healthy meal.

Rosemary’s golden rule is to try to select foods with 5% or less fat content. The only food that’s exempt from this is oily fish such as mackerel, herring and salmon, as well as porridge oats and some lean cuts of meat. She explains, “By following this simple rule of thumb and eating low fat foods you can transform your health, your weight and your shape”.

Benefits of cutting back on the fat

Eating a low fat diet can help lower your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, help you sleep better, snore less, reduce heartburn and help to eliminate indigestion. The biggest boost you can give to your healthy eating campaign is to add in some daily exercise too. This will speed up your weight loss dramatically, help your skin to stay healthy and improve your overall health and fitness.

Fats vs Carbohydrates

Fat contains more than twice as many calories, gram for gram, than carbohydrate (bread, cereal, potatoes, rice and pasta) or protein foods, (meat, fish, eggs, cheese, poultry, yogurt, milk).

Scientists have found that fat is also very easily stored in our body, so it makes sense to cut back on fat.

And, Rosemary adds, the great news is that by eating a diet low in fat we can cut out loads of calories without having to go hungry.

In the latest edition of Life & Style and on our website, we feature a range of healthy recipes selected by Rosemary that will help our customers achieve a healthy weight.