Eating habits to avoid
Are you still unsure about what foods to avoid when aiming for a healthy, balanced diet? Well, trainer Jonathan Ross of the Telluride WOW Fitness Festival has shared some valuable titbits with Pop Sugar on the rules of eating, especially what to steer clear of.
His first piece of advice is to avoid drinking calories. Some juices and shakes are loaded up with them, despite being promoted as a healthy option. Many are packed full of sugar, meaning they're virtually empty when it comes to having any nutrients, and will only add to your waistline.
However, Jonathan does approve of certain smoothies, as long as they contain plenty of fibre, protein and healthy fats - think hemp powder and leafy greens like spinach and avocado.
It's also advised to never skip meals as this isn't the right approach to changing your body. Not eating doesn't mean you'll drop the pounds, it may even result in you binging after starving yourself for too long.
"Fill your gut to lose your gut," Jonathan told the website, insisting it's important to eat real food. "It's the best way to lose weight and keep the body going."
Rather than going for the usual break, lunch and dinner line-up, he suggests eating four to six small meals a day, packed full of protein, as an alternative.
Another thing that should be avoided is fried foods, which Jonathan describes as being loaded with trans fats that are "destructive" to the body. He also recommends shunning sugar or grains in the evening. Lying down on a full stomach isn't comfortable and because of the energy starches and grains give, they're best eaten first thing in the morning to kick start the day.
His tips coincide with new research that praises barley as a grain great for heart health. Experts from St Michael's Hospital in Toronto reviewed 14 studies on clinical trials conducted across seven countries, looking at how barley impacted low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and non-high-density lipoprotein, or non-HDL. Lipoprotein is a group of proteins that combines with and transports fat in the blood.
Barley reduced both by seven per cent, with many dubbing it a new 'superfood'.