Dietitian reveals the five things to do to get lean by summer3 min read

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A leading dietitian has revealed the five simple things you can do to help you get lean and toned for summer.

According to Sydney-based expert, Susie Burrell losing weight quickly isn’t a matter of diets and detoxes.

Instead, she recommends ‘dietary strategies’ as a way of shedding kilos easily – and said that if you follow them, the weight is more likely to stay off. 

From eating a bigger breakfast to why a ‘substantial’ lunch needs to be consumed no later than 1pm, FEMAIL reveals Susie’s top tips.

Sydney-based dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) has revealed five simple lifestyle tweaks you can make to overhaul your body by December 1

Sydney-based dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) has revealed five simple lifestyle tweaks you can make to overhaul your body by December 1 

1. Start the day with a bigger breakfast

While there’s been much made of intermittent fasting of late, this doesn’t work for all.

Susie said those who are hungry or who workout earlier in the day should make breakfast a priority – and ensure it’s a decent size.

The benefits of a larger breakfast is that it helps curb mid-morning cravings as well as keeping your metabolism firing till lunchtime. 

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‘Aim for fibre and protein-rich options such as protein bread with nut spread and banana, a banana and yoghurt smoothie or a couple of eggs with fruit salad to keep you full and satisfied throughout the morning,’ Susie wrote on her blog.

The benefits of a larger breakfast are it will help curb mid-morning cravings and keep your metabolism firing till lunchtime (stock image)

The benefits of a larger breakfast are it will help curb mid-morning cravings and keep your metabolism firing till lunchtime (stock image)

2. Ditch milk-laden coffee 

Susie said if you're trying to lose weight, ditch milky coffees as these packed with calories (stock image)

Susie said if you’re trying to lose weight, ditch milky coffees as these packed with calories (stock image)

A daily cafe-made coffee might be a small indulgence, however, it can be one that comes with a hefty calorie hit.

For instance, a latte can come with as many calories as a piece of toast, Susie revealed.

She said coffee-lovers don’t need to give up caffeine entirely, rather they should choose varieties that don’t contain as much milk.

Susie also advised counting milk-based coffees as a part of a meal to make sure you’re taking the extra calories into account.

 

3.  Eat lunch by 1pm at the latest

It can be tricky making lunch a priority, especially if you’re busy and feel you can’t leave the office.

However, Susie said if you’re trying to beat sugar and junk food cravings which can hit later in the day, eating your lunch by 1pm is key.

She said forego salads and sushi for a meal that’s a substantial 350-400 calories. 

Leftovers, stir fry, salad and a wrap or soup and crackers are just some of her recommendations.

4. Halve your dinner

Eating dinner later and making this meal the largest of the day is a sure-fire way to pack on the pounds.

Susie said those who eat regular meals throughout the day along with small snacks should always aim to keep dinner light. 

‘A light, small meal at night will ensure you wake hungry for a big breakfast, and will support you in achieving a calorie deficit and weight loss as a result,’ she said.

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Susie advised a meal consisting of lean meat or fish teamed with fresh salad and vegetables. 

Susie said one of the easiest dietary strategies you can adopt when trying to shift weight quickly is to replace a meal with soup or salad (stock image)

Susie said one of the easiest dietary strategies you can adopt when trying to shift weight quickly is to replace a meal with soup or salad (stock image)

5. Make one meal soup or salad

According to Susie, one of the easiest dietary strategies you can adopt when trying to shift weight quickly is to replace a meal with soup or salad.

Vegetable-based soups or salads are low in calories but nutrient-dense, so it’s possible to fill-up on large portions without fear of putting on weight.

‘Whether you choose a rich vegetable soup for dinner or a leafy green or roasted vegetable salad for lunch, your total calorie intake will be significantly reduced when you bump up the vegetable content of your diet,’ she said.