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A leading fat loss and gut dietitian has revealed the five things she tells every client, and why you need to wait until your body is ‘physically hungry’ to eat, rather than eating by the clock.

Leanne Ward, from Brisbane, said she has a handful of ‘key points’ she consistently shares with her 1:1 clients, and when they take these points on board, they often see quick and lasting results.

‘These five things have allowed me and my clients to consistently eat healthy and live (and love) a healthy lifestyle long term,’ Leanne said on Instagram.

A leading fat loss and gut dietitian has revealed the five things she tells every client, and why you need to wait until your body is 'physically hungry' to eat (Leanne Ward pictured)

A leading fat loss and gut dietitian has revealed the five things she tells every client, and why you need to wait until your body is ‘physically hungry’ to eat (Leanne Ward pictured)

The first thing Leanne always shares with her clients is that the most important thing is being consistent, not perfect, as it doesn't matter if you occasionally have ice cream or wine

The first thing Leanne always shares with her clients is that the most important thing is being consistent, not perfect, as it doesn’t matter if you occasionally have ice cream or wine

1. Consistency matters

The first thing Leanne always shares with her clients is that the most important thing is being consistent, not perfect.

‘One salad doesn’t make you healthy, and one ice cream won’t make you gain weight,’ she said.

Instead, Leanne said you should find a ‘balanced approach’ to eating that means you can keep it for a lifetime without restricting your favourite foods.

She typically follows the 80/20 approach, whereby she eats healthily 80 per cent of the time, and indulges in what she loves the remaining 20 per cent.

The second thing Leanne (pictured) said she always tells her clients is that they need to 'manage their stress levels before it's too late'

The second thing Leanne (pictured) said she always tells her clients is that they need to ‘manage their stress levels before it’s too late’

2. Manage your stress

The second thing Leanne said she always tells her clients is that they need to ‘manage their stress levels before it’s too late’.

‘Waiting until you’re super stressed and you want to inhale a block of chocolate is too late to manage it,’ she said.

‘Do mini stress reduction techniques during the day to avoid self-sabotaging your goals.’

These could include a 15-minute walk around the block, practising yoga or mindfulness or switching off from your computer to get out into nature on your lunchbreak.

Leanne said that when her clients are less stressed, they find it far easier to shift weight.

Some 90 per cent of us don't eat enough vegetables, and so she recommends you always make sure you have some veg in every meal you're eating (pictured)

Some 90 per cent of us don’t eat enough vegetables, and so she recommends you always make sure you have some veg in every meal you’re eating (pictured)

3. Eat more vegetables

You might think you eat enough vegetables, but Leanne said in fact 90 per cent of us don’t enjoy enough.

‘If you want to get healthy, start by eating more vegetables,’ Leanne said.

‘Make them taste good so it’s a habit that sticks.’

You could do this by blanching your broccoli with some garlic or adding things like spices and herbs to make them more interesting.

While supplements, pills and powder can be useful for your health, Leanne said in fact they only give you a '5-10 per cent edge'. Wholefoods are far more important (pictured)

While supplements, pills and powder can be useful for your health, Leanne said in fact they only give you a ‘5-10 per cent edge’. Wholefoods are far more important (pictured)

4. Eat wholefoods first

While supplements, pills and powder can be useful for your health, Leanne said in fact they only give you a ‘5-10 per cent edge’.

‘The bulk of good quality nutrition should come from wholefoods,’ she explained.

‘Get your diet right first before wasting money on supplements, pills and magic potions.’

The ideal plate contains half vegetables, a quarter of a plate of protein and a quarter complex carbohydrates. 

You should also include a drizzle of healthy fats by way of foods like extra Virgin olive oil and avocado.

Leanne's (pictured) final point is that you should always only eat when you're hungry, rather than going by the clock

Leanne’s (pictured) final point is that you should always only eat when you’re hungry, rather than going by the clock

5. Eat when you’re actually hungry

Leanne’s final point is that you should always only eat when you’re hungry, rather than going by the clock. 

‘Don’t eat just because you woke up, the clock says to eat, everyone else is eating or you’re sad,’ she said.

‘Wait until your body physically needs food to eat it.’



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