I've got no time to exercise, so I've been trying to change what I eat. I'm trying to cut out bread but I always end up eating a load when I get home from my shift. What can I replace bread with - that will keep me feeling full!?
Oh for crying out loud. It really annoys me the lack of basic knowledge amongst those who are supposed to be health professionals!
First of all, nutrition is important. What is the point in cutting out bread? Is that one of those pathetic diet fads that they print in magazines? Bread is an important source of carbohydrates, as is pasta, rice, potatoes etc and is essential for energy. These foods should be a small but important staple in your diet. It is better to switch to wholegrain or seeded breads, or wholewheat pasta, etc, but still, any carbs are important. Protein is also essential, and is found in meat, eggs, etc. Chicken (especially lean chicken), turkey and fish are a great, healthy source of protein. Then there is the all essential vitamins and minerals from fresh fruit and veg. Your staple diet should include ALL of these!!!! Eat 4 meals a day, including ALL of these elements, and as much and as many varieties of fresh fruit as you like. THIS is a healthy diet.
On top of this, there is nothing wrong with having a bar of chocolate, or a slice of cake, or a takeaway or whatever in amongst this healthy diet, as long as it is in moderation and you exercise for the excess.
On top of that, exercise is essential to lose 'weight' (I hate that term), and also to stay healthy. The best way to lose body fat (which is what you should be concerned about) and maintain healthy levels is cardio exercise, there is no way around that.
And I'm sorry, but 'having no time' is no excuse. I work shifts too. I'm in the same career as many of you, and guess what, I get to the gym at least 3 times a week as well as doing different sports. How much time do you spend slobbed in front of the TV for example? Miss a few episodes of Eastenders and go for a run! It isn't difficult! But you have to use a thing called willpower!
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