If you have come to a point in your life that you just want to lose some weight to get healthier, for whatever reason, you are going to have to start out by adopting healthier eating habits.
Health is all a matter of lifestyle and your diet is at the top of the list.
So here are ten simple changes that you can make to your daily eating habits to improve your overall health and bell being.
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast
Although there has been much debate about the importance of breakfast, there is a recurring theme that healthy people tend to eat breakfast more often.
According to numerous studies that have been done, skipping breakfast is linked to weight gain, binge eating and obesity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4310153/
2. Drink More Water
Water is hands-down the best beverage that you can put into your body, so just get used to it.
The healthiest way is to just drink it plain at room temperature, but if you must, you can go ahead and flavor it yourself.
You can use a little bit of fresh squeezed lemon or lime, or even a splash of juice from concentrate.
Be on the lookout though because there are all too many of those flavored water beverages out there that are just as bad for you as regular soda.
Flavored water is filled with artificial ingredients that include sweeteners, flavors, carbonation and a whole lot of other stuff that you just don’t need in your system.
3. Cut Out Trans Fats
Trans-fats are bad, really bad, and there are a lot of little tricks that food companies use to fool you into thinking they took out these horrible fats from their products.
You can beat the system by simply scanning the ingredients.
Keep your eyes peeled for the words “partially hydrogenated”, which is usually followed by some type of oil.
If you see those words on in the list of ingredients, it’s definitely loaded and off limits.
4. Eat Whole Grains
Unless you are on a low carb diet, including whole grains can help to improve your health.
Whole grains are easy to find nowadays because they are in everything from pancake and waffle mixes, breads, cereals, crackers, baking mixes and even delicious muffins and other pastries.
So take advantage of all of the whole grains that you can get and your body will appreciate all of the extra healthy fiber you are getting in the process.
5. Eliminate Out Sodium Nitrates
There has been enough research that has linked the consumption of nitrates with the occurrences of cancer.
Sodium nitrates are commonly found in many different types of processed meats, most notably hot dogs and cold cut lunch meats like bologna and ham.
But the good news is that companies understand the health concerns and you can now find all of your favorite meats cured naturally.
So look out for naturally cured bacon, sausage, hot dogs and all sorts of cold-cut meats the next time you go to your local deli.
If you have never tried uncured meats before, you will be surprised because they tasty just as good and are much healthier for you.
6. Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is a double whammy that wreaks havoc on your health.
Like regular sugar, it’s high in calories that will go directly to your belly if you don’t plan on running a few miles right away.
But the worst part is, unlike regular sugar, HFCS doesn’t trigger your body to feel full after consumption.
This is why so many people can guzzle large quantities of soda without even starting to feel full.
Even though it’s also not really good for you, regular sugar still has less of a negative impact than high fructose corn syrup, simply because sugar will at least make you feel full.
So the point is, stay clear of this sweet nightmare and opt for naturally sweetened products and beverages or better yet, choose something sweetened with Stevia.
7. Take A Multivitamin/Mineral Complex
The truth is, it can be extremely difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs just through the food that you eat.
Because the soil that fruits and vegetables are grown in today doesn’t have the amount of nutrients that it did many years ago, even if you eat a lot of fruits and veggies every day you still may not be getting the amount of nutrition that your body needs.
This is why a multivitamin/mineral supplement can be a great insurance policy that will guarantee you are getting the proper catalysts that your body needs, especially if you are working out every day.
8. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
We have all heard the phrase, “an apple a day…”
So start out by adding more fruits and veggies to your plate.
You can choose two servings of cooked or raw vegetables for each meal and one piece of fresh fruit for each of your snacks in between your main meals.
One trick when it comes to these foods, as pointed out in The Volumetrics Diet, is to eat them first.
The fiber and high water content in them will fill you up and cause you to eat less of your main meal.
9. Cut Out The Sugar
Although we have established that high fructose corn syrup is the worse of the two, sugar is still something you should cut out of your diet altogether.
Eating excessive amounts of simple sugars has been linked to hardening of the arteries, diabetes and even some types of cancers.
You can still enjoy a sweet or two, just limit your refined sugar intake to one or two small snacks per day.
Also, make sure that you are reading those labels.
You can easily cut out a lot of extra sugar in your diet by cutting out things like condiments and other unexpected foods that have added sugar in them.
10. Sit Down And Eat
Eating should be a relaxed and enjoyable process, as eating in a relaxed state will enhance digestion and assimilation of your meal.
So with that said, mindlessly eating in front of the television or even worse, in your car, is definitely a recipe for disaster, and a bad case of indigestion.
So do your body good and eat your meal with the respect and the attention that it deserves.
Give These Tips A Try!
These are simple steps but they can really help you to feel a whole lot better and drop a few pounds at the same time.
Give these a try and see how much of a difference a few small changes can really make.