Today, we have so many cheap and unhealthy food options and so little time to work out, that the record number of people struggle with weight. However, being busy and tempted isn’t an excuse to avoid getting fit, sexy and healthy! Here are a few healthy eating tips that will help you shed those extra pounds and get fitter than ever!
Don’t forget to break the fast
Research shows that most people who skip breakfast tend to be overweight and less healthy than those who have a balanced breakfast. Your morning meal gives you just the amount of nutrients you need to start the day and stay strong and focused until lunch. It will prevent starvation and keep you away from unhealthy snacks we all often resort to when we feel super hungry. A hearty breakfast will also boost your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories throughout the day.
Eat plenty of fruits and veggies
If you really want to boost your health and stay fit, then include more fruits and veggies into your diet. Experts advise eating around five portions of different fruits and vegetables throughout the day to have a balanced diet. And, don’t keep it simple! Try to incorporate as many different colors as you can to add a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your meals. Fill one half of your plate with these healthy foods and you’ll see and feel the difference right away!
Don’t avoid all fats
Some fats are very bad for your figure and overall health, but not all of them are created equal! There are fats that are super healthy and beneficial for your health—you just have to know where to look! For instance, consuming good-fat sources like avocados, nuts, flax seeds, olive oil, eggs and even dark chocolate will give you healthy skin, shiny hair, strong nails and actually help you lose weight! However, don’t think these good fats can’t harm you. Sure, they are healthy, but only if you stick to your calorie requirements and goals!
Fire up your stove
If you want to maintain a healthy weight and stay slim and healthy, the best way to achieve your goals is to spend more time in the kitchen. Home-made meals will certainly help you keep your diet under control and live healthier. It gives you the ultimate control over the ingredients, spices, tastes and portion sizes. You can use fresh and organic ingredients and even substitute unhealthy ingredients for healthy options. Plus, it costs less to cook than order expensive pre-cooked meals! So, equip your kitchen with a few great appliances that will make your food-prep a breeze! If you have a big family, consider getting larger cooking items, so you can feed everyone with healthy and home-cooked meals. For instance, a bosch double oven allows you to prepare several healthy meals at once (oven-prepared meals are less greasy than fried foods, but still super tasty!). It’s super practical, especially when you’re short on time and help!
Keep an eye on your portions
Things that you eat are very important if you want to lose weight and get fit, but there is another key element—how much you eat! The size of your portions is the real culprit behind your weight and health problems. So, in order to reach your fitness goals, you must understand serving sizes and how many calories one serving contains. There are helpful nutrition facts on the back of almost any food you buy, but there are also websites that can help you with nutrition values. Pro tip: If you need further help with portion control, try to use smaller plates. This way, your plate will look super full, which can trick your mind into thinking you consumed more food!
Many people think that they consume fewer calories when they eat fewer meals, but the truth is much different. If you really want to lose weight, you should eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day instead of the traditional two or three. This way, you’ll never be hungry and never risk overeating! Also, when you aren’t hungry, you tend to make smarter and healthier food choices! Eating at regular intervals will also boost your metabolism, help keep your blood sugar levels at bay and make you feel much more comfortable throughout the day!
Stock up on healthy snacks
When saying the word ‘snack’, most people think of junk food like sweets, chips and other “empty” calorie foods. Supermarket-bought snacks all contain a lot of sugar, salt, fat and other unhealthy ingredients that will not satisfy your hunger, but actually, make you crave more! However, if you’re cautious with snack selection, you can get a good, fast and tasty little meal. Think granola bars, fresh fruit and veggies, roasted nuts or low-fat yogurts and have a healthy snack when you feel you need some energy!
Drink more water
Water will not only keep your organs in top shape, your body free of toxins and your skin glowing, but it will also help suppress your appetite and boost your metabolism! So, whenever you feel hungry, have a glass of water first. It will definitely help you eat less.
Always be prepared
Today, eating healthy isn’t easy! There are fast food restaurants wherever you turn, dinners with friends who all love double cheeseburgers with fries and coke and tiny work breaks fit for nothing but a quick snack. However, if you come prepared, you’ll manage to deal with these challenging situations and avoid temptation. Check out the menus in advance before picking out a place, so you can choose the healthiest option or think of a good response when someone pushes you to order something unhealthy.
One final piece of advice: the whole lifestyle change will be much easier if you have well-defined goals. Do you want to manage your diabetes? Do you want to fit into your favorite jeans? Do you want to run a 5k charity race? Write down your goals and revisit them when you need a bit of motivation. Just stay on track and once you see the first results, you’ll never want to go back to your old, unhealthy eating habits!
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in fitness and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.
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