If dieting was easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? Let’s face it, changing your diet to a healthier lifestyle is tough. Changing a lifetime of bad habits can be hard. That’s why we’re focused on making your life a little easier with five practical tips for healthy eating.
Let’s get ready to talk about healthy eating!
Tip #1: Don’t Drink Your Calories
This is an important, but often overlooked, quotient to a healthy lifestyle. I remember a radio host was talking to a nutritionist, and honestly asked why he wasn’t losing any weight, even though his weekend lifestyle consisted of drinking lots of beer. Take note: Along with smoothies and soft drinks, that fancy cocktail or alcoholic beverage can be the caloric equivalent of a milkshake. Your best bet is sticking with good old water.
Tip #2: Eat Slower
A recent study out of Kyushu University in Japan found that people who take time to chew slowly have better digestion and feel fuller, faster. Mentally make a shift to slow down and savor your meal. You can do that by putting your fork down between bites and taking a sip of whatever you’re drinking. Just make sure you’re eating slower to give your brain the opportunity to catch up so you don’t overeat. It also helps to eat your meals with others, rather than eating alone.
Tip #3: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast skippers are more likely to be tempted by unplanned discretionary choices during the morning and large serves at the next meal or snack. Don’t miss the most important meal of the day! Think whole-grain bread and cereal, along with low-fat milk and Greek yogurt. On what to skip, check out 7 Worst Breakfast Foods to Start Your Day.
Tip #4: Keep a Food Diary
If you write it down, your eating is more mindful and you’re paying attention to your actual appetite. You may not think three M&Ms make a difference, but calories do add up. As Harvard Health puts it, jotting down where you’re eating, what else you’re doing while you’re eating, and how you’re feeling while eating can help you understand some of your habits and offer additional insight.
Tip #5: Meal Prep
Preparing your meals ahead of time is very important if you want to make sure that you are eating your meals regularly. Meal prep allows you to save up on valuable time as well. By preparing the ingredients of your lunch or breakfast beforehand, you will be able to dive straight into cooking without all the extra work like peeling, cutting, etc.
One More Thing…
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