Many of us are fighting the proverbial “battle of the bulge” and are a few (or sometimes quite a few) pounds heavier than we would like to be. With all the fad diets that proliferate, it would seem that the way to eat healthy is to stock up protein or a particular nutrient. However, this is not the case. Our diet is a lifestyle and one vitamin or mineral is not the key – you need a balance.
What follows are five tips that will help making eating healthier a lot simpler.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Soda, juices, sweetened teas and coffee drinks actually contain a large number of calories. These are often referred to as “empty” calories as they provide little to no nutritional value. Water, unsweetened tea and coffee are better substitutes and can significantly cut down on the number of calories consumed daily.
Eat “Bad Foods” Sparingly
Junk food is just that: junk. Like sweetened beverages, they provide little nutritional value, but are full of things that we need not be consuming. One does not have to give up all tasty foods, like fried foods, but they should comprise just a small portion of one’s diet. Treat yourself to a cheat meal once a week so you don’t feel deprived. “How to Keep a Food Journal” can help you track your meals better.
Cook at Home
When you cook at home, you have more control over what goes into your food. Restaurant meals are often loaded down with far more oil, butter and other fat than they really need to be to remain tasty dishes. By preparing your own meals, you can limit the amount of oils and fats you use in meals. Another advantage of cooking at home: a fatter wallet.
Eat Proper Portion Sizes
Most of us consume far more food than we need to get full. Sometimes it is distraction, or simply the amount of food put before us, but the more we are offered, the more we seem to eat. Don’t eat too much. Eat until you feel about 75% full and then wait a few minutes to see if you’re still hungry. Chances are you won’t be. “How to Practice Portion Control” offers more advice on eating sensibly.
Stick to Lean Cuts of Meat
Meat is not the enemy for one who wants to eat healthy. One just needs to make wise choices and understand that meat does not have to be the focal point of a meal. Choosing lean meats and eating smaller portions is an excellent way to eat healthier. Lean meats are a good source of protein and can complement your fitness program by providing your muscles with much-needed nutrients. You may also want to consider a whey protein shake to supplement your diet.
Following these tips is a great way to get started on a path towards a healthier diet and a healthier body. Many people who use these tips notice weight loss, more energy and even more mental clarity. Eating right can be made simple because it is truly based on just a little will and common sense.