Eight Tips for Healthy Eating

Tips for Healthy Eating

Studies show a healthy diet over exercise is more inclined to help you maintain a healthy weight. However, most people still choose to work out excessively and eat unhealthily, because they have the impression healthy eating means a diet. It doesn’t have to feel like that- here are some tips to get you started on a healthy eating track.

  1. Avoid Anything Low-Fat or Low Sugar

Low-fat, low sugar, anything deemed ‘diet’ is bad for you. In processed foods, companies know by taking out fat they need to add sugar to make the product taste decent, and no sugar needs a replacement of sugar-like derivatives that trick your brain into thinking it’s getting sugar only to fill it with disappointment and cause hunger cravings to spike even more. Just steer clear, in fact…

  1. Stick to Non-Processed

When you go to the grocery store stick to the outside perimeter- produce, meats, fish, dairy. You should only venture into the aisles for spices, coffee, and pickled products.

  1. Aim for Colorful Plates

The more colorful your plate, the more nutrients you’re about to eat. Color in vegetables is a result from various chemical compounds which all work differently in the body. By keeping your plate colorful and trying our different proteins you’ll get all the necessary vitamins your body needs to work well.

  1. View Sugary Desserts and Drinks as Treats

If you have a sweet tooth or a daily habit of sugar laden, whipped cream topped coffee drinks, wean yourself off. Either stop with sugar cold turkey or slowly restrict yourself day by day. Humans only really need 6-9 teaspoons of sugar a day (25-32 grams), the rest is stored as fat.

  1. Eat When You’re Hungry

If you’re following these rules, then eat when you’re hungry- forget about 3 or 5 or 8 meals a day. Studies show the frequency of eating isn’t as important as what is eaten. If you starve yourself you’re likely to feel sluggish, go into slow metabolism mode, and binge on junk.

  1. Be Aware of Nutrition Labels

It’s hard to cut out all processed and prepared foods in our packaged food lives, so read labels to choose wisely. Know how much daily sodium, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and sugar your body needs. Read ingredient lists. Don’t buy anything with more than 6 ingredients to avoid excess chemicals and empty calories.

  1. Alcohol Rules

If your goal is to lose weight, then cutting out alcohol will help reach your goals faster. However celebrations happen, so allowing yourself a few drinks is fine as long as you do it right. Avoid beer and sugary additives like soda or juice. Stick to wines which have only 4 grams of carbohydrates, or hard liquors which have none.

Mix your hard liquors with seltzer water and a squeeze of fresh citrus juice, all of which also have zero carbohydrates. Restrict yourself to a certain number of drinks, being sure to drink a glass of water in-between each one to stay somewhat in control of your inhibitions. You’ll be less likely to binge eat on greasy late night food and will have a great next day sans hangover.

  1. Eat a Pre-Dinner Salad

To help keep you in control at restaurants or parties (and save money) eat a small pre-dinner salad before attending a dinner or event. You’ll get your vegetables and won’t be famished and inclined to order junk. You might even get away with a small appetizer and save on the check.

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