We all know that being overweight can lead to a short lifespan or overall lower quality of life. That said, you’ve probably thought a time or two how you can shed those extra couple pounds. Whether you have been dieting for a while or just getting started, we all can use some tips and reminders to keep us on a healthy track. Some people are going to tell you to cut certain foods out of your diet, but we believe in the overall healthy living lifestyle approach. Keep in mind our four simple tips that can be easily applied to almost anyone’s daily routine.
Create a Diet Plan
This first step is crucial in determining the outcome of your healthy lifestyle changes. Even though you are dieting that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be eating regularly and enjoying delicious and nutritious food. Look into recipes that have healthy and high quality foods that you actually enjoy eating. If you don’t enjoy the food, you aren’t going to stick to your diet very long. You are going to want to look for a majority of your ingredients to be found in nature. Make sure your foods don’t have preservatives. That means you may need to clean out some refrigerator space. Natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and organic meat are low in salt which means they will expire sooner than foods. It is important that you have a fully functioning refrigerator. Also, now is the time to invest in appliance repair services if you need them. When embarking on your new diet you are going to be cooking your meals at home. That means you can say goodbye to the fast food.
Write It Down
Keeping a food diary or writing out your meal plans for the day, week, or even a month at a time will help you to choose healthy meal options. It is also important to write your meals and snacks down because you may lose track of how much food you consume throughout the day. This is also a way to keep you on pace and spread your calorie intake throughout the entire day avoiding late night hunger. The average individual who isn’t dieting should take in 2,000 calories daily. However, a majority of the population wouldn’t be overweight if that was the standard. According to Live Strong, it is reported that the average American underestimates their calorie intake by about 25% likely consuming between 2200-3300 calories a day. Having a note in your phone or even using a smartphone app can be a mobile and convenient way to keep you in a healthy range.
For most people, completely eliminating foods for their diet is impossible. If this goal is set, it can often lead to unhealthy behaviors such as guilt and over-eating. We know you are highly motivated to live a healthier lifestyle, but it is important to establish realistic goals and set yourself up for success. Be sure to carefully measure out your portions properly when cooking. In addition, with items such as potato chips never eat them directly out of the big bag. Measure out a serving size on a plate; this will help you to avoid potentially over-eating. Lastly, telling yourself you are going to completely eliminate a food will most likely cause you to only want to eat that food, and in large amounts. So, have that soda once every week or two. Rewarding yourself sporadically will help to reaffirm your hard work and keep you fighting the good fight.