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Eat smart to look great

Carrying a few extra pounds? Losing them doesn’t have to mean sacrifice, just try these simple and tasty food swaps…

Mid-morning biscuit for a handful of nuts or seeds – the added protein will boost your energy levels and stabilise blood sugar levels (low blood sugar levels can often make you feel hungry) without piling on the pounds.

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Rice cakes and crispbreads for oatcakes and wholegrain bread – they may be higher in calories, but are digested slowly, which means they’ll keep you fuller for longer.

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A glass of orange juice for a whole orange. A large glass of fresh orange has about 120 calories while an orange has just 60, and will fill you up for longer because orange juice isn’t as fibrous as a real orange. An 8oz glass of fresh orange juice contains less than 1/2 g of fibre, while there is 2-4g of fibre in one orange.

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Sweetened and fizzy drinks for water. Water reduces your sugar intake, improves skin, helps detoxify your body and leaves you feeling energised.

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Handful of Crisps for a handful of pretzels. Pretzels have approximately 114 calories and 1.2g fat per 40g compared to 180 calories and 11g fat per 30g for crisps.

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Pudding for a couple of slices of pineapple – the bromelain in pineapple is a digestive enzyme, which helps to break down your meal and absorb nutrients more effectively.

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A glass of white wine for a white wine spritzer. A glass of white wine has around 80 calories, which doesn’t seem a lot, but these calories can really stack up over the course of an evening. Plus, the soda water will make your drink last twice as long.shutterstock_1970875

 

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