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How can I choose the right diet for weight loss?

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How can I choose the right diet for weight loss?

When it comes to weight loss, there are no magic tricks that guarantee success and there is a TONNE of overwhelming, conflicting and simply false information out there. You’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting, paleo, keto… the list goes on! But how do you know what’s best for you? When it comes to weight loss, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, what works for your mum, brother, friends or co-workers may not work for you!

Fad diets and weight loss

Fad diets often claim amazing results for weight loss and health in short time periods - this is because most require a large reduction in kilojoules - usually this intake is unsustainable and nutritionally inadequate. Fad diets also commonly remove core food groups and contradict evidence and advice from credible health professionals. For more info check out our article "How do I spot a Fad diet?"

What should I do for long term results?

The best thing you can do for long term and sustainable weight loss is to make diet and lifestyle changes that are supported by evidence and work for you! Working with credible professionals can help you to work out your goals, and what diet and exercise regime will work best for you.

Check out our article on the "best and worst diets, as recommended by experts" which is a comprehensive list of diets and cross-checked against all of the scientific evidence, with pros and cons for each.

Your Personal Healthy Eating Quiz

What you eat or don’t eat affects how you look, feel and perform. Take our short quiz to find out what foods you could introduce to help you be your best.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

Take the Healthy Eating Quiz