Healthy eating is seen by many as hard to start and impossible to maintain for a long time. Many diets claim to work to have their users yo-yo-ing back and forth in weight. In a related way, there are those that workout every day of the weed without results but can't get on track with their diet.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. It's important to find a way of eating healthy that works for you. Dieting will never work in the long term and can result in overall weight gain. Rather than make yourself suffer, work slowly to implement healthy changes in your life just as you would with working out or adding a hobby into your day.
One: Drink Water Only
The best way to start your healthy eating style is to stop drinking anything but water — no more soda, tea, milk, or sports drinks when you're out or at home. Even when working out, water is all you need. The sugar in those other drinks can harm your efforts.
Also, work to minimize your consumption of alcohol of any kind. Alcohol turns into sugar in the body, which means that over-consumption can be bad for your health and weight overall. Coffee isn't as bad as the rest, but should only still drink in moderation. As a rule of thumb, drink only water and drink when you are thirsty!
Two: Reduce Snacking
If you think your meals are healthy, then there is a chance that your issue stems from snacking. Work to eat your meals at designated times to ensure you aren't eating too much throughout the day. If you do need to get a snack, try to stick to one snack a day in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
You should stick to healthy things like fruits and vegetables or nuts for your snack. Avoid things like chips or candy as many can dig into during hungry sessions during the day. Reducing how many times you snack during the day and ensuring that your snacks are nutritious and small can help you to curb the calories you are taking in during the day.
Three: Leave Something on the Plate
When you are eating out, you should not be eating everything on the plate. American portions served in restaurants can be as many as two or three servings. With big plates, try cutting it in half at the beginning of the meal and saving the second half for dinner the next night. With smaller plates, always leave a bit or two on the plate at the end.
More often than not, you'll realize that you ate enough and that extra bite would have been too much. If you can, try ordering lunch sized portions for your meals. These are often closer to the right portion for eating no matter what time of day. Finally, don't be afraid of a healthy menu. Trying something new that's better for you might help you find out how good healthy food can taste.
Four: Skip Dessert
If you like dessert, then you're not alone. However, you should work to reduce how many times you "treat yourself" a week. By cutting a few desserts off the table, you will be eating far less sugar and fat, making working out easier and allowing you to savor when you do get that treat once or twice a week.
Five: Add in Vegetables and Fruits
Now that you're drinking only water snacking less, eating better while out, and eating dessert less, it's time for the bigger change. When cooking a meal, it's easy to forget the healthier parts. However, to make a big change, all you need to do is add in one fruit for breakfast and one vegetable for lunch and dinner.
In the beginning, you don't even need to make the meals any different, just cook some green peas or corn to add in on the side. It's all about the smaller changes to make bigger differences in your life. If you have a breakfast burrito, try adding an orange or apple on the side to finish off the meal. You can work on making meals healthier later.
Eating right and getting into shape doesn't have to be hard. Making simple changes can make a big difference in your life and the life of those that you cook for. Much similar, working out and being more active doesn't' have to be hard. Bodies in Motion will help you take those smaller steps to larger success. Contact us today if you're interested in coming to a class.