Removing just four foods from your diet can help you lose weight quickly and stay healthy, according to experts. Here are the foods you need to cut down and what you should eat instead
Dieting expert and TV guru Dr Michael Mosley has shared a simple yet effective tip to reduce weight quickly and in a healthy manner.
However, he also said that “cutting right down” on just four food groups can help dieters reach their goal more effectively.
Mosley, who introduced the successful 5:2 diet, has taken things a step further with what he called “a clever twist.” Here are the four foods you need to cut out of your everyday eating habits and what you can eat instead.
What are the four foods to remove from your diet for fast weight loss?
Dr Mosley asks anyone hoping to lose weight to “cut right down on sugar, sugary treats, drinks and desserts.”
He explained: “That includes most breakfast cereals, which are usually full of sugar, as well as most commercial smoothies.”
Other things to cut out are starchy carbs including bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice. Instead, he recommends switching to whole grains like bulgur (cracked wheat), whole rye, wholegrain barley, wild rice and buckwheat. So, thankfully, carbs aren’t completely out the window.
He added: “Brown rice is okay. Legumes such as lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas are healthy and filling too.”
On what you should eat instead, he advises: “Switching “to a low carbohydrate, Mediterranean-style diet.” This includes adding more olive oil and nuts to your diet alongside plenty of eggs, full-fat yoghurt, oily fish and vegetables.
He also recommends filling up on protein and veggies as they are “very satiating,” for only a few calories.
What is the 5:2 diet?
The 5:2 is an intermittent fasting diet that allows you to eat without calorie restrictions for five days a week, while dramatically cutting the calories for the remaining two days.
While you can eat what you want and don’t have to calorie-count for five days, dieters are recommended to stick to a restricted number of calories, which is 500 calories for women and 600 for men, for two days.
On the two days, dieters consume calorie-controlled dishes which have been created with no more than five main ingredients in the 5:2 diet which is also called the Fast Diet.