Finally, Dr Alona said women should “reduce the caloric density but don’t restrict”.
She explained how: “One of the most vicious and unsuccessful traps for dieters results from yo-yoing between restriction, deprivation, and bingeing. We require calories to survive which means we need to eat.
“When we restrict, our body gets the message that it is starving and it fights back to protect its survival. As a result, we can only restrict for so long, regardless of willpower. Instead of restricting, choose the foods that support optimal health and encourage weight loss. These are your fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.”
She recommended the health and weight loss app Lifesum which can show women how to incorporate these ingredients into “healthy and delicious recipes, including alternate versions of classic favourites”.