Healthy meals to lose weight uk – If you want to lose weight, then you should try the 3 fantastic recipes, which I found today. We all love different types of food and nobody is happy, finishing their plates 🙂
If you’re looking to lose weight quick and healthy, try these recipes. If you’re fed up of the treadmill and just want to look better fast then these healthy meals to lose weight uk recipes are for you.
tips to help you lose weight
1. Do not skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry.
2. Eat regular meals
Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.
3. Eat plenty of fruit and veg
Fruit and veg are low in calories and fat, and high in fibre – 3 essential ingredients for successful weight loss. They also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.
4. Get more active
Being active is key to losing weight and keeping it off. As well as providing lots of health benefits, exercise can help burn off the excess calories you cannot lose through diet alone.
Find an activity you enjoy and are able to fit into your routine.
5. Drink plenty of water
People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.
6. Eat high fibre foods
Foods containing lots of fibre can help keep you feeling full, which is perfect for losing weight. Fibre is only found in food from plants, such as fruit and veg, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, and beans, peas and lentils.
7. Read food labels
Knowing how to read food labels can help you choose healthier options. Use the calorie information to work out how a particular food fits into your daily calorie allowance on the weight loss plan.
8. Use a smaller plate
Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.
9. Do not ban foods
Do not ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you crave them more. There’s no reason you cannot enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance.
10. Do not stock junk food
To avoid temptation, do not stock junk food – such as chocolate, biscuits, crisps and sweet fizzy drinks – at home. Instead, opt for healthy snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.
11. Cut down on alcohol
A standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate. Over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain.
12. Plan your meals
Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a weekly shopping list.
days of healthy meals on a budget
Our dietitian has costed out a week of healthy meals and snacks for under £50 for two people.
Breakfast: Porridge made with skimmed milk; banana; glass of pure, unsweetened orange juice. Get our tips for livening up porridge, and other healthy breakfasts.
Lunch: Lentil soup, tinned or home-made (pictured); wholemeal roll with unsaturated fat spread.
Evening meal: Jacket potato with baked salmon and frozen peas.
Snacks: 2 satsumas; small handful of unsalted peanuts; low-fat fruit yoghurt.
Breakfast: 2 slices of wholegrain toast with unsaturated spread and a boiled egg; glass of pure, unsweetened orange juice.
Lunch: Jacket potato with baked beans (reduced sugar and salt); salad.
Evening meal: Homemade chunky vegetable goulash (pictured); brown rice; broccoli. Get our recipe for chunky vegetable goulash.
Snacks: 3 oatcakes with low fat cream cheese; pear.
Breakfast: Poached egg (pictured) on two slices of wholegrain toast; glass of pure, unsweetened orange juice. Get our tips for perfect poached eggs.
Lunch: Egg, tomato and cucumber wholemeal bread sandwich.
Evening meal: Spaghetti Bolognese; salad.
Snacks: Carrot sticks; small handful of unsalted peanuts; 2 satsumas.
Breakfast: 2 slices of wholegrain toast with sunflower spread, honey and banana; glass of pure, unsweetened orange juice.
Lunch: Lentil soup (tinned or home-made); wholemeal roll with unsaturated fat spread.
Evening meal: Slice of homemade vegetarian pizza (pictured) with salad and a jacket potato. Get our recipe for red onion, courgette and pepper pizza.
Snacks: Low fat yoghurt; 2 plums; scone with unsaturated fat spread; pear.
Breakfast: Muesli with skimmed milk and a banana; glass of pure, unsweetened orange juice.
Lunch: Cheese and salad sandwich made with reduced-fat cheddar-style cheese, salad, wholegrain bread and unsaturated fat spread.
Evening meal: Homemade cottage pie (pictured) served with peas and carrots. Get our recipe for cottage pie.
Snacks: 3 oatcakes with low-fat cream cheese; 2 plums.
Breakfast: Porridge made with skimmed milk; banana; glass of pure, unsweetened orange juice.
Lunch: Home-made carrot and parsnip soup (pictured); wholemeal roll and unsaturated fat spread. Get our recipe for carrot and coriander soup.
Evening meal: Homemade tuna pasta bake; broccoli.
Snacks: Small handful of unsalted peanuts; apple; pear.
Breakfast: Muesli with natural yoghurt and a banana; one piece of wholegrain toast with unsaturated fat spread.
Lunch: Chicken and vegetable traybake (pictured); baked apple and custard.
Evening meal: Chicken, cucumber and tomato wholemeal bread sandwiches
Snacks: Small handful of unsalted peanuts; carrot sticks; 2 satsumas
healthy meals for weight loss to cook tonight
1. Asian Pesto Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
Did you know? ‘Chicken breast is the leanest cut of chicken and therefore the lowest in calories’, explains Jenna. She recommends subbing out the sweet chilli sauce and sticking with the soy sauce in the recipe, instead, as sweet chilli can be highly-processed and increase the total sugar content of the dish.
2. Prawn, Lime and Avocado Bowls
A delicious dish that provides all three macronutrients (that’s protein, carbs and healthy fats, FYI) and will make you forget you’re dieting? We’re in. ‘Prawns are a great source of lean protein, they’re low in calories whilst being rich in iron, vitamin B12 and selenium, too’,
3. Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Craving comfort food but keen to stay on track with your weight loss plan? You’re in luck—this recipe is hearty, warming and nourishing, and shouldn’t be too high calorie (dependent on portion size). ‘The fibre from the quinoa, sweet potato skins and black beans will contribute to satiety and help to keep you fuller for longer’, shares Jenna.
4. Gluten Free Homemade Pizza Bowls
Fan of pizza? Er, us too. Pizzas can often be high in calories so not ideal for weight loss, but not this one. ‘This recipe is a great way to ensure all the flavours of a pizza, while providing a great source of fibre and being lower in calories. Do be aware of portion sizes to ensure you’re not over-consuming’, shares Jenna.
5. Vegan Quinoa and Kidney Bean Burgers
Plant-based and looking to lose weight? It’s doable, especially if you set aside an evening to get inventive with these quinoa and kidney bean burgers. ‘This dish is a great source of plant protein’, confirms Jenna. ‘Plus, the recipe utilises herbs and spices, rather than unnecessary or unhealthy fats, to provide the flavour.’ Winner, winner.