Healthy eating does not mean to limit your diet, get zero size or deprive yourself of the foods you love. Rather, one should feel great and more energetic while following diet because it will improve your outlook and stabilize your mood. Food experts take years to study about the nutrition and food and it is tough for a layman to understand all the details of the diet in one go. Moreover, you will find one expert advising some food items good for your health, while another one advising the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet and remain stick to it that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.
Here are few tips:
- Replace your meal from unhealthy foods to healthy foods. Like replace your dangerous trans fats with healthy fats i.e. fried chicken for grilled chicken/fish. This will make positive difference to your health.
- Don’t count too much on calories, think about variety, colour and fresh foods.
- Never forget to read labels before buying your food items.
- Always notice how do you feel after having your meal as it fosters new healthy habits and tastes.
- Always drink plenty of water which will help you to flush out toxins and waste material from your body as well as keep you fit and hydrated. If you drink water half an hour before your meal it will fill your stomach and you will eat less.
- Don't ban certain food items or food groups because it is natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation. Rather reduce the portion size of all unhealthy foods or compensate the extra calories from taken meal by other meal to be taken. Gradually you will reduce the intake of unhealthy foods and extra craving for them and at the end you will stop consuming that food product.
- Stop eating before you feel full. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your body that your stomach is full.
- Think smaller portions, when dining out choose starters with lots of vegetables and split that dish with your company. Check out our website for portion sizes.
- Slowly and gradually reduce the sugar from your diet as it takes a little time for your taste buds to adjust. For that avoid sugary drinks. Whenever you crave for sweet snacks, go for natural sweet food like, fruits. Also check labels and choose low sugar products.
- Fruits and vegetables are low in calories as well as keep your stomach full and will help you cut back on unhealthy foods. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Consume naturally sweet vegetables in your meal which will reduce your cravings for added sugars.
- Eat foods high in dietary fibre which will help you stay regular, lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and help you lose weight.
- Never skip your breakfast as it jump starts your metabolism. While eating small, healthy meals (rather than the standard 3 large meals) keep your energy up.
- Never hide when you are on diet in-fact tell everyone that you know about your weight loss goal and it is important for you. It will motivate you to work towards your targeted weight.
- Never be ashamed of yourself or get embarrassed if you are overweight or obese. Rather, prepare a weight loss spreadsheet and post it where others can see it- if you are working, then in your office or if not, then at home on the wall or fridge. Let everyone observe your graph, this won’t let you binge on unhealthy food.
- At your office desk or in cars or while going out for shopping always keep or carry cereal bars or granola bars, almonds, fruits or roasted Channa and there are many other healthy options as a snack to avoid eating processed food available around you because apart of being highly processed they are also laden with sugar, in many forms and filled with chemicals so we don’t know slowly and gradually what they are doing inside our body.