If anyone knows the best ways to treat your body to stay slim, it's dietitians.
So what are their secrets? Here's how dietitians eat differently to the average person, and how it can help your health:
Eat everything, but in small portions
When most people think of dieting, it conjures ideas of removing certain food groups from your diet. Dietitians are not necessarily restrictive eaters though, and actually tend to be food lovers - they still eat dessert and 'naughty' treats, just in controlled portions.
Instead of thinking of food as 'good' and 'bad', dietitians love all types of food. The main difference in their approach however is knowing that there is a time and a place to eat certain foods, and the key is portion control - tasting a rich food can be just as satisfying as bingeing.
Salad goes first
As expected, dietitians do value fresh foods highly, such as fruits, salads and vegetables. Unlike most people, dietitians tend to look for every opportunity to eat more fresh fruit and veges, meaning they naturally consume less high-calorie food overall.
Including veges at breakfast, lunch and dinner is common for dietitians, alongside good fats such as olive oil, nuts or our beloved avo.
Snack on fresh fruit
Get rid of the pre-packaged snacks - naturally sweet fresh fruit is the way to go. Dieitians are well cluded in the science of nutrition, so they know there is a big difference between natural sugars and processed or added sugars.
Snacking on fruit gives the body a nutrient boost with minimal calories.
Avoid processed food
We know it seems obvious, but with all the new "healthy" snacks hitting the shelves on a daily basis, it's worth noting. Dieitians tend to be very old-school in terms of their healthy diets, sticking to non-processed, natural foods.
Never waste calories
Without being overly restrictive, dietitians are aware that no one is able to eat unlimited calories with gaining weight. This means they are very good at weighing up whether certain foods are worth using their calorie allowance for. They will rarely be seen wasting calories on foods that offer little nutritional value. Examples of these include soft drinks, fast food or overly processed snacks. They'd much rather eat something that is going to sustain them for longer, instead of being a quick fix that will lead to a crash soon after.