We all aspire to feel and look our best, but sometimes pursuing a healthier lifestyle can seem daunting, especially when one is particularly attached to certain habits or is stuck in a bad routine. However, eating healthier does not have to be intimidating. There are many easy adjustments you can make to enjoy a better diet that will help you achieve your fitness goals while still enjoying life.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
- Drink unsweetened coffee, tea, and water: At least half of Americans consume one sugary drink on a daily basis. If you think artificial sweetener is the answer, some studies also show that consuming artificially sweetened drinks can actually prompt your taste buds to crave other sweet foods. If you cannot have caffeine, go with for some caffeine-free tea. Tea is often packed with antioxidants and can even lower inflammation. You should also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Watch out for “anchor orders”: The more people you eat with, the more food you are likely to consume. Of course, everyone wants to socialize, so if you do eat out with a group, try to opt for some healthy choices or start with a salad. Oftentimes, when others see one member of a dining party make a healthy choice, it can influence their decisions as well.
- Eat a handful of snacks: When we eat mindlessly out of a bag or a box, it is easy to overeat. Pour out a handful of your snack of choice and limit it to just that single serving, so you do not end up accidentally eating more than you meant to.
- Make your meal last: Rushing through meals is a terrible habit that will sabotage your desire to have a healthier lifestyle. Your digestive system’s hormones need about 20 minutes to cue your brain that you are full, so if you end up downing your food in less than 10 minutes, you are likely to overeat. Properly chew your food and take time to have a chat with your family or friends in between bites.
- Control your portions: If you are snacking on a pre-packaged item, pay attention to the serving size and limit your portion. When serving yourself food, fill up your plate once rather than continuously going in for additional servings. A great tip to achieve this is by leaving serving bowls in the kitchen rather than on the dining table.
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