‘I’m a dietician – easy lifestyle swaps will help anyone lose weight without calorie counting’

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A dietician has claimed losing weight doesn’t have to mean strictly counting calories and feeling miserable – as she says anyone can find success with simple lifestyle changes

Let’s face it, losing weight isn’t easy – but it doesn’t have to be miserable.

We all know that if we want to lose weight, we need to eat the right foods and get plenty of exercise. But many diet plans aimed at helping you slim down focus on counting calories which can make you feel restricted and can create dangerous relationships with food, potentially leading to eating disorders.

But now, one dietician has said you don’t need to count calories in order to lose weight. In fact, all you need to do is make a few healthy lifestyle changes that can revolutionise the way you think about food, and will in turn help you to think about meals in a positive way.

Maddie Saliba, a weight loss dietician, shared a post on Instagram in which she listed some of the things she would do if she were looking to lose weight – and first up on her list was “stop counting calories”. The expert, who posts under the username @the.plantbased.nutritionist, wrote: “If the thought of counting another calorie or point makes you wanna scream – delete the apps. It’s ok to focus on habits instead.”

Continuing her post, Maddie said most of the lifestyle changes she would recommend to people revolve around what their meals include. She explained that aiming for 20g of protein with “most” meals is vital, and said you should also be including plenty of vegetables in your lunch and dinner.

One of her biggest tips involved something many people do when trying to lose weight – skipping breakfast. Maddie urged dieters not to do this, and to instead eat a “real breakfast” that will set them up for the day ahead. She said: “Coffee by itself is not enough! Ideas: Overnight oats with berries and almonds, avocado toast with tofu scramble, or chia pudding with strawberries.”

Finally, Maddie said it’s important to look at developing healthy eating habits with an equally healthy mindset. She told people not to think negatively about their weight or the way they look, and to instead “notice the thoughts you say to yourself” and try to make them positive ones. She added: “It takes time and support can help.”

Commenters on the expert’s video were quick to thank her for the “helpful and insightful” advice. One person wrote: “I love what you’re doing! Keep sharing your knowledge,” while another said: “This is so helpful and insightful!”

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, please contact your GP, or seek specialist eating disorder support. Help is available from Beat. If you’re in England, call 0808 801 0677. If you’re in Scotland, call 0808 801 0432. If you’re in Wales, call 0808 801 0433. If you’re in Northern Ireland, call 0808 801 0434. You can text 27/7 for support too. Text SHOUT to 85258. You can also use their web chat service, or send an email. If you are in need of urgent help or medical advice for yourself or someone else please contact 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

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