It’s January, and we all know what that means; every trendy diet is going to have a revival. From Atkins to Weightwatchers, Zero Alcohol to Juicing. Everyone will be doing some kind of ‘Detox’. Don’t get me wrong, we all need to get healthier in the New Year after over indulging, but fad diets are dangerous and very few actually work long term.

Atkins for example is a high fat diet, which increases cholesterol, so isn’t ideal if you have heart problems. Juicing literally is an eating disorder, it’s perfectly OK to have running alongside a healthy diet, but you’re actually better off eating a couple of pieces of fruit.

A diet isn’t a fad, we all have a diet, and most of us could improve on our diets, by cutting out processed meats, upping your fruit and vegetable intake, spending a little more on better quality meats and fish. This ‘diet’, will quite quickly become a habit, and eventually become second nature.

If you look at your overall diet, and count what you’re taking in, you’ll be gobsmacked at all the hidden things that are in there, sugar, Milk, Carbs, Salt, MSG, Fat. Making an effort with your healthy eating is imperative.

Food from scratch is always far better than pre-prepared foods, and if like most of the working world, you have a sandwich for lunch, it’s not hard to make your own Ham, Beef, Turkey, Chicken or Lamb without it being processed, also it’s cheaper.

Look into the British History of the Sunday Roast. This dates back to when most of us were mere peasants and families could only afford 1 large joint of meat or 2 small ones once a week.

Anything that was left over was used for soups and stews, while the meat was also used for Sandwiches, Pasties, Salads, you name it, it was used to make it. This is also one of the big reasons why Gout is known as the rich man’s illness, because the poor physically couldn’t afford to eat huge amounts of expensive meat with all the trimmings morning noon and night.

Also, everything was bulked out with vegetables, seasonal, frozen or tinned. Although nothing is as good as fresh vegetables, frozen still have nearly all the original nutrients, and tinned have a very small amount of salt.

Cutting out white bread is also a very good idea, opting for Wholemeal Bread or even a Wholemeal Wrap is a much more ideal solution. Slimming World has a very good system for those of us with limited will power because you can eat what you like, but they are ‘Sinned’, meaning you have a daily quota, and you simply deduct your Sins. It takes a little planning ahead, but it does work. Weight Watchers works in the same way, except you have Points and you add them up to your quota.

One final thing is exercise. It’s no use trying to lose weight if you aren’t moving. Take a walk for 10 minutes you’ll be amazed at what it can do.

Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.