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Celebrate life and health with practical tips for weight management

by Tania Griffin
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4 March is World Obesity Day, and with it, a renewed call to action to address the global obesity crisis. This annual event serves as a platform to raise awareness and advocate for practical solutions to combat obesity.

In light of this, Sonal Ratan, FUTURELIFE® dietitian, emphasises the importance of celebrating life and health while empowering individuals to embark on their weight management journey with practical strategies.

“There is no doubt about it: losing weight and keeping it off is tough,” she says. “This is why so many individuals unintentionally become yo-yo dieters. Many start their healthy eating journey strong, but then life happens. It has a way of throwing curveballs, making it incredibly difficult to sustain healthy eating habits.”

Recognising the challenges we all face, Ratan believes we need to be kinder to ourselves, set achievable goals and start small. She adds that long-term success isn’t about sticking to a strict ‘diet’, but about rebounding after a tough day and getting back on track with a healthy eating routine.

She also suggests ditching the word ‘diet’ altogether, as it tends to evoke negative feelings, and instead speak about making positive changes for better health. “Words hold incredible power, and often meaningful changes start in the way you speak and a shift in mindset.”

To support individuals in their weight management efforts, Ratan shares practical tips that serve as a foundation for healthy eating habits:

  • Portion control – Use the Plate Model to balance meals, allocating half the plate to salad/vegetables, a quarter to starch, and a quarter to protein.
  • Increase fibre intake – Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into meals to enhance satiety and improve digestive health.
  • Limit added sugar – Reduce consumption of added sugars found in beverages and processed foods.
  • Avoid energy-dense foods – Steer clear of large portions and high-calorie options typically found in takeout meals.
  • Embrace a low-GI diet – Prioritise low glycaemic index foods to control hunger and reduce excess energy intake.
  • Opt for high-protein options – Include protein-rich foods to sustain energy levels and promote fullness.
  • Moderate healthy fats – Incorporate healthy fats in moderation for balanced nutrition.
  • Be mindful of meal additions – Beware of hidden fats and salts in sauces, soups and gravies.
  • Start the day with breakfast – Consume a nutritious breakfast to regulate blood glucose levels and prevent overeating later in the day.

In addition to adopting these practical tips, incorporating FUTURELIFE® products into a balanced diet can further support weight management efforts. Ratan recommends the following FUTURELIFE® options:

  • FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ – High in protein and dietary fibre to promote satiety. Low GI provides a sustained energy release over a longer period, therefore keeping you fuller for longer and improving blood glucose control. It is also high in 19 vitamins and minerals and contains MODUCARE®, a daily immune supplement. All these benefits with zero added cane sugar.
  • FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes & Barley with Probiotic Capsules – High in dietary fibre (with 39% of your daily fibre requirements per 45g serving) to promote satiety. Low in saturated fat and only 0.9g of total fat per 45g serving.
  • FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ – Low GI, high in fibre and high in protein to promote satiety and provide a sustained energy release over a longer period. It is also high in 19 vitamins and minerals and contains MODUCARE®.
  • FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ – In addition to the benefits of FUTURELIFE® Smart food™, it has been formulated with SmartProtein3D™, a scientific blend of three protein sources (whey, casein, soy), optimising the muscle repair process. The perfect option for individuals who are combining healthy eating with exercise for optimal weight loss results.

    “By embracing a holistic approach to weight management and incorporating practical strategies into daily routines, individuals can celebrate life and health on World Obesity Day and beyond,” concludes Ratan.

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