In this world full of junk food, ready-meals and instantly available treats, losing weight can be a real challenge. And, with recent reports stating that South Africa has been ranked the unhealthiest country on earth, this matter is more and more pressing than ever before. According to Accenture’s Future of Food New Realities Report, 6 out of 7 people will be consuming a whopping 3000 calories a day (Healthline.com says an average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day to maintain, and 1500 calories to lose about 450-grams of weight per week. An average man needs2500 calories to maintain, and 2000 to lose 450 grams of weight per week.) Modern food is truly stacking the odds against us when it comes to weight-loss and health. With this in mind, Flora has come up with a few ways you can help support your loved ones while they try to lose weight and regain their health.  

Don’t be an enabler 

The worst thing you can do to someone who is trying to lose weight is to enable their bad habits by providing unhealthy foods like crisps and sweets. It might look like a kind gesture, and it might make the person happy for a moment in time, but it really isn’t helping them. In fact, you may be setting them back, if they are thrown off their diet. Don’t bring junk food into the house, and rather encourage them with non-edible gifts and supportive messages. 

Explore healthy South African recipes together

We have access to such a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables all year-round; there is no excuse not to experiment. Make healthy eating fun and support your partner by eating nutritious meals together, you’ve got nothing to lose and only better health to gain. It will help them feel less alone and more committed – because, the truth is, you can conquer any challenge, together. If you don’t know where to start, Flora has a huge bank of healthy and tasty recipesyou can exploreon their website.

Be An Example 

Encourage your loved-ones to do exercise and commit to other healthy habits with you. If they see how much you enjoy and benefit from it, chances are that they will want to join you in the fun. Invite them to go for walks, come to a yoga class or play some sport – even just kicking a ball around the garden. 

Be Kind 

Weight-loss is difficult and an emotional challenge for many people. Saying “no” to the things you love, like junk food, can be especially challenging when your loved ones are not getting the results they wanted. It takes time. It takes determination. It often means falling off of the wagon and getting back on again. Be kind, be supportive and be positive and you will be amazed at how much it helps them on their way to better health.

For more healthy lifestyle tips and balanced meal ideas, visit Flora today.

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