Little tweaks to your diet can drastically improve your health and waistline. Even though these tips might seem like small, easy changes, the results of putting them into practice can really add up!
Re-charge your eating habits with these hacks:
1. Avoid dieting.
Everyone has a diet, but that doesn’t mean you have to be ‘on a diet.’ Being on a diet suggests that it’s only temporary. No matter what diet you might follow, at some point you’re going to revert back to your eating habits once the diet is over.
Instead of going on a diet, tweak your current eating habits until you have something that gives you the results you desire and is easy and healthy enough to follow it forever.
2. Change slowly.
You might want to change everything at once, but that strategy usually doesn’t work very well. Instead, improve your diet a little each week. This method will be easier to stick with and you’ll have a healthy diet before you know it.
3. Eat fat. Avoid sugar.
The best resource on this subject is journalist and author, Gary Taubes. He’s written two really phenomenal books on this subject – Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It and Good Calories Bad Calories. Low fat/no fat diets will cause most people to gain weight and make them sick in the process. The real culprit for weight gain is sugar, not fats and oils.
4. Get the junk food out of the house.
If it’s in the house, you’re going to eat it sooner or later. The solution is to simply get rid of all of it. Give it away or throw it in the trash.
5. Keep plenty of healthy snacks readily available.
If your snacks are healthy, you can feel free to eat. If you’re eating really healthy food, you can get away with eating a larger volume of food. You’ll never go hungry again!
6. Drink water as your beverage of choice.
Juices are often high in sugar or chemical sweeteners. Diet drinks are questionable from a health standpoint – you do not want to be drinking aspartame for many reasons. Give your body the water it craves and it will reward you with better health – all the way down to the cellular level. An added plus: drinking water helps keep you from consuming excess calories, too – oftentimes when we reach for food, it is really thirst instead.
7. Take your lunch.
Many items available on restaurant menus are not healthy – they’re cooked in industrial seed and vegetable oils and have excess sugar and other hidden ingredients. It also can be challenging to order a salad when your coworkers are ordering bacon cheeseburgers. When you prepare your own lunch, you control what you eat.
8. Eat nuts.
Nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats and protein.
9. Eat berries.
Berries are super-healthy and can make other things taste better. Try to eat some every day.
10. Exercise a little.
Even a small amount of exercise can have positive benefits. Even just a short walk can be great for burning extra calories and de-stressing.
A few healthy changes can go a long way toward improving your diet, health, and appearance. Try them out today and see if you don’t look and feel better.