Tuesday 24 April 2018

Promotion: My work is making me gain weight

I started a new job a few months ago which involves a lot of travelling. I have put on a little weight mainly because I am eating out a lot more & wondered would you have any advice?

LowLow nutritionist Dr Evelyn Hannon replies:

It can be difficult to control your weight if you live a lifestyle that involves eating out a lot.

Food that has been prepared for us often contains more fat and calories than we realise.

However developing a few healthy habits and making a few wise menu choices can make a big difference.

Avoid extras such as bread while you wait for your meal.

Ask for salad dressings and sauces to be served on the side.

Choose tomato based pasta dishes instead of cream based ones.

Swap chips for baked or boiled potatoes.

If you are going to have dessert, choose lighter options for starters (such as salads or melon) or main course (such as grilled fish).

Share starters or desserts.

Although most of us come from a generation where we were told to finish everything on our plate, don’t feel the need to do this.

As it takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it is full, eat slowly so that you recognise when you are full earlier.

Although it can be difficult, try to take some time out for exercise on business trips.

Make use of hotel or local gyms or go for a brisk walk or run in the morning or evening.

If you manage to fit in some sightseeing, walk to your destination if feasible.

Thanks to LowLow Nutritionist Dr Evelyn Hannon RPHNutr. For more information on LowLow check out www.facebook.com/lowlowireland

If you have a question for Dr Evelyn, email health@independent-digital.com

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