It’s that time of year when we start to feel the effects of the festive season’s indulgence. The belt is a little tighter and we daren’t step on the scales. Believe me I know how it feels!

As a weight loss specialist, I show people how Simple changes to kick start their health and rid the stuffed turkey look which is so last season!

Here are just a few of my top tips to help you get clean and lean for 2015:

1. Cut down on sugar and starchy carbohydrates.

Sugar is the biggest culprit in weight gain and it’s abundant in our diets. Starchy carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and bread rapidly convert to sugar in the body and have the same effect on our waistlines. The average westerner consumes the equivalent of 60tsps of sugar a day! Swap the carb heavy breakfast cereal for a good quality protein and fat rich breakfast. It will sustain energy, facilitate weight loss and stop you reaching for the biscuit tin at 11am. I love making powershakes in the morning with Vegan protein powder, avocado, coconut flakes and almond milk.

Protein Powder

2. Forget about calories.

One of the biggest myths with regards to weight loss is that a calorie is a calorie. Some foods that may be high in calories actually help to burn fat! Instead focus on nutrient dense foods.

3. Eat more fat!

I know, you are probably thinking…she has gone mad!!! Another one of the biggest myths out there is that fat makes you fat. Thinking fat makes you fat is like thinking blueberries will make you blue. Cutting out fat will hinder health and any weight loss attempts. Avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut oil – all winners.

Nuts and Seeds

4. Get enough sleep.

Sleep has a very powerful effect on metabolism

Sleep

5. Move!

We have become a nation of ‘sitters’ High Intensity Interval training is the perfect way to increase your fat burning potential. Just a few short workouts a week can have dramatic effects on your metabolism.

6. Have a support network.

Accountability is key in keeping on track.

In our Clean and Lean 30 day plan facebook support group we have so much guidance, the results are fab because people keep each other going. And you can ALWAYS count on me to kick your butt on the accountability front!