Why food pyramid could help you beat the bulge

KICK YOUR GOALS: Queensland Centre for Digestive Medicine dietician Dr Hannah Slattery shares her tips on how to keep a healthy diet as a New Year’s resolution.
KICK YOUR GOALS: Queensland Centre for Digestive Medicine dietician Dr Hannah Slattery shares her tips on how to keep a healthy diet as a New Year’s resolution. Kevin Farmer

IF you can't accurately recall the food groups, you need to seriously study the food pyramid if you want to get a healthy diet.

That's the advice from Queensland Centre for Digestive Medicine dietician Dr Hannah Slattery, along with setting reasonable goals.

New Year's resolutions inevitably follow the festive feasts, and establishing and maintaining a healthy diet is generally near the top of the list.

More often than not, the resolutions don't stick, so Ms Slattery has shared her tips on how to maintain your resolve for a healthy diet.

"Start by looking at what your goals are and looking at achievable steps," she said.

"Sometimes people go for the all-or-nothing approach and have this perfect diet for a week, but then fall back into their old eating habits.

"I'd suggest aiming for one or two things you can manage - putting more veggies on your plate, having fewer snacks, exercising more."

Ms Slattery said goal-setting was the key to success and it applied for everything.

She also warned people to stay away from the scales and not weigh themselves constantly, and maintain control over meal portion sizes.

"People tend to get on the scales too much, almost every day, so they're seeing weight fluctuations and see that it's not working," she said.

"Definitely breaking it down to goals and not being too hard on themselves is important."

She said knowing the five food groups and eating foods only in the healthy ones was key, and suggested people check out the Australian Dietary Guidelines online at eatforhealth.gov.au.

But it's not all hard work and no reward.

"It's usually good to reward yourself with something that is not food related," Ms Slattery said.

"If you have a goal to lose 5kg and you get there, go and get your nails done or do something that treats yourself."

Healthy diet tips

Know your food groups

Set reasonable goals

Don't get on the scales too much

Reward yourself with something not food related

Check out the Australian Dietary Guidelines

 



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