Hi there, Can you help me please? I'm eating my full 5 a day quota of fruit and veg along with other things, but I feel like I'm eating a lot of food although not going over my target. Does it matter how much I'm eating if I'm not over my calorie or fat target per day? I only have half a stone to lose, which isn't a lot but is to me because it goes on my face and round my middle so easily!! Also, is there anything that I can eat to reduce bloating? Thanks
Well it sounds like you are doing really well and eating your 5-a-day fruit and veg will be great for your health as well as your waistline!
It is natural to feel like you are eating a lot more food when you eat healthier choices. You are probably getting more food for your calories, because you are not eating such calorie dense foods. For example, compare two chocolate biscuits - a small volume of food eaten in a minute, but very energy dense containing around 180 cals - with what you could 'spend' 180 calories on! You could have 2 medium slices of bread stuffed full of ham and salad - a filling sandwich that takes you much longer to eat and fills you up. So, please don?t worry that you are eating too much. As long as you record everything that you eat accurately, and stay within your calorie and fat targets, you will be on track to lose weight.
The bloating you are experiencing may be due to your change in diet and to the extra fruit and veg you are eating, particularly if you have increased this substantially. Make sure you vary the different types of food you eat, to avoid overeating a food which may be causing your bloating. I would also recommend eating fruit in between meals, not after a meal, as fruit is quickly digested and may produce gas in your stomach if eaten directly after a meal.
Here are some other general tips that may help to reduce your bloating:
Avoid any fizzy drinks
Eat breakfast within an hour of waking
Try to eat something every 3 hours, even if it is only a healthy snack
5 small meals a day are better than 3 large meals
Chew food thoroughly to a paste
Try not to eat under stressful conditions
I hope this helps. Keep up the good work!
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