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Fit January with Siobhan Byrne: 'I'll get you into the best shape of your life'

Food is a key part of any fitness regime. We can easily fool ourselves into thinking we can have those extra few calories because we are working out. The reality is: if you want to shift those extra pounds and get in shape, you need to watch the calories.

Remember, not all calories are equal. Choose non-processed foods that are easy to make. Plan your foods ahead of time so that you don't get into cookie-monster mode, wanting to consume anything in the fridge when you are hungry.

Don't forget your snack. Your healthy snacks are there to keep your metabolism going, leave them out and you will find yourself raiding the cookie jar. Be aware of what works for you. Eat healthy unprocessed foods, no body ever became overweight on grilled chicken and vegetables or a portion of berries but add curry sauce into that and a plate full of fruits equal to five portions and you could soon have yourself in a calorie frenzy.

Finally, portion control is key. You should never feel stuffed after any meal. Aim for side-plate portions at each meal. Eat your food with no distractions, like television, so you are aware that you are eating. This sounds simple but you would be surprised how much more you consume when you are not aware.

If you are still hungry, go back for more vegetables and lean protein. More often than not you will go back for that extra portion of noodles rather than the extra piece of lean protein. Ask yourself have I had enough or am I being greedy and allowing cravings to kick in?

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Siobhan Byrne

Siobhan Byrne

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