Apart from the weather we always seem to have a fascination (focus on something for a long time) with our weight and diets. Here are some English words and phrases connected with healthy eating and diets. And no it is not just women who obsess about their weight it is a man thing also!
Unfortunately, I am now jumping on the bandwagon (getting involved in the debate) following a visit to my doctor. It is never an enjoyable experience to be told “you must lose weight” or you have to slim down (a nicer way to say lose weight). However, it is important so we reduce the risk of health problems at a later age. For some people it is due to simple over eating, for others it is a life style issue (the way the live, driving, sitting, etc) and for some it is the problem of middle age spread (putting on weight simply as we get older).
The secret to losing weight is often a combination of some very simple rules and if you follow them it is not so difficult to “get into shape” (lose weight and look good). These rules include: increasing your daily exercise, cut down (reduce) on alcohol consumption, particularly beer and cut out (stop eating) fast foods and sugar. It sounds easy but changing a “habit of a lifetime” (something you have been doing for a long time) takes time and effort.
All the experts talk about a balanced diet. You must eat your “five a day” (five portions of fruit and vegetables). So in order to avoid the threat of obesity (seriously overweight) you need to follow a low calorie in-take (eat less bread, red meat cakes, pasta) and avoid the temptation to comfort eat (eat what you shouldn’t eat) when you are feeling stressed or depressed.
People often make the mistake of going on a crash diet (very severe diet) in an attempt to lose weight quickly. This can work but it seldom lasts and the weight can often re-appear when you lose impetus (lose interest or motivation). So change your eating habits not for a short period but over a longer time frame (longer period of time) keep an eye on (watch) what you eat.
Other English words and phrases connected with healthy eating
To have a sweet tooth – to enjoy eating sweet things.
ex. I cannot resist going into the cake shop and choosing a delicious cake I have such a sweet tooth.
Watch your figure – literally to look at yourself in the mirror.
ex. – Would you like another slice of cake.
– No, please do not tempt me I am watching my figure and I do not want to put on any weight before my holiday.
Lose the belly – can sound a bit rude. However, where men have a large or fat stomach it is usually a good idea to reduce the alcohol consumption.
ex. The doctor told me I had to lose my belly as it is effecting my blood pressure. He told me to stop drinking beer and no fast food!
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