Today’s dieter is more health-conscious than ever before. It’s not just about fad diets these days – it’s about making a whole lifestyle change. Whether you’re interested in a paleo, Whole 30, gluten-free or other diet to help get you back into shape, eating healthy and living longer are now easier to do. To that end, we’ve come up with this list of healthy eating tips, tricks, do’s and dont’s, which are easy to follow no matter where your diet journey leads you.
The old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is true. Don’t ever skip breakfast – not only will it energize you first thing in the morning, but it will also help prevent you from overeating the rest of the day.
Another way to help prevent overeating – or, worse, choosing a fatty snack from the vending machine at work – is to prepare plastic baggies of healthy snacks. Try mixing a variety of nuts, berries and seeds, for example, and take them with you, along with a healthy yogurt, as a snack. Another healthy eating option is to fill a mason jar with raw veggies and a smattering of hummus.
It should take you no more than a half-minute to get from one workout machine to the next, so don’t take an extended break between the machine change. This will help you maintain the extra boost to your metabolism, allowing you to burn calories more easily. It will also build up lactic acid, making you feel fuller quicker and keeping you from overeating after your workout.
Need a quick burst of protein and you aren’t a vegetarian? Grab some precooked chicken. Grill up a bunch of chicken breasts, or roast a whole chicken ahead of time, and keep the meat ready for immediate use, especially if you’re on a paleo diet.
About three hours before you fall asleep, your body begins to shut down and converts anything you eat into fat. So, make sure you finish eating at least three hours before bedtime and don’t get up to eat in the middle of the night – skip that midnight snack.
Before you have a snack or make an unwise dietary choice, ask yourself: “am I really hungry?” The body commonly confuses thirst with hunger, so before you eat something questionable, have a huge glass of water and wait 30 minutes. If you’re still hungry after that, eat something light yet nutritious.
In 2012, a study conducted by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reported that, on average, people who brown-bagged their lunches lost about five pounds more than those who ate out for every meal.
When you start a meal with a green salad or some other type of vegetable, you’re giving your body a chance to eat more food with less calories. In addition, because of the fiber that’s in most vegetables, you’ll fill up faster and stay satiated longer.
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