Who doesn’t want to live a healthier lifestyle? Sometimes it’s easier said than done, or so it seems. You’ve followed the same eating habits for so long; now it can feel like there’s no way that you’ll ever be able to switch. One thing is for sure; in the beginning, it’s not going to be easy.
Following proper food habits for a healthy body isn’t just a diet that you jump into for a week or two. It is an entirely different existence, and you have to be ready to commit to it.
Learn Your Foods
Start right now by reading the labels on everything. You are going to find that the more you know about foods just by looking at them, the easier it’s going to be to make healthy choices. Understanding what is in a meal as far as ingredients and calorie count isn’t something that happens overnight. You’re essentially studying and researching. Before long, you will know just by glancing what each food has the potential to offer you.
Don’t Eliminate Anything
You might think that the only way to get healthy is by getting rid of some of the foods that you love the most. Chocolate, pizza, potato chips… sure they aren’t the most robust of food choices, but that doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to them forever. It’s okay to have a small portion once in a while when a craving hits. It’s better than fighting it off for an extended period and then binge eating an entire tub of ice cream in one sitting.
Set a Time Limit
It’s easy to fall into a routine of eating a nice dinner and then a few hours later grabbing a snack. The problem is you are most likely going to be sleeping shortly after that. That means that your body isn’t going to be working to burn off that food. You’re going to bed with a belly full of food that will make you feel sluggish in the morning. Additionally, you aren’t going to be hungry for breakfast, which leads you to the next point.
Start Every Day with Breakfast
If you go to bed with a stomach full of food, the last thing you are going to want to do is to sit down to a healthy breakfast in the morning. You just aren’t going to be hungry. Your body needs you to fuel it with something in the morning for your metabolism to kick in and start working. Choose something like fresh fruit, oatmeal, or even a bowl of cereal that isn’t loaded with sugar and other preservatives and food dyes to get you on the right path for the rest of your day.
Make Special Requests
You’ve probably heard waiters and restaurant cooks complain about the people that come in and order super picky foods. Well, as much as it may be unpleasant for them, it’s your body and your money! Find things that are grilled, stir-fried, steamed, poached, or broiled and stay away from anything that’s fried. Instead of ingesting the pounds of butter that they cook everything in, politely ask your server to have them cook yours without it. Be sure to ask for dressings and sauces on the side as well.
Stick with Routine
After you find a daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack menu that you like, stick with it. That doesn’t mean that you need to eat the same exact thing at the same time every day. It does say that you have found a caloric intake amount that works for you. You like the food, so why change anything? Pick out a few different meals and make sure to have those items on hand at all times, so you’re less tempted to order out or swing through a drive-thru.
Drink Lots of Water
Your body is made up of water mostly. It only makes sense that you need to drink it to keep things functioning correctly. You should be drinking at least six to 12 eight-ounce glasses a day. If you’re hitting the gym or sweating for any reason, you need to be consuming more than that. It can be hard at first to give up your sodas and iced teas, but over time, you won’t miss them at all. You will start to crave water instead. Just be careful that you don’t drink too much water. You should never be drinking more than a gallon per day.
Eat All the Time
That sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what you should be doing. Instead of eating three large meals a day, break them into six smaller meals. Every time you turn around it will feel like you get to eat again. Your cortisol levels will remain lower this way which is a great way to get rid of belly fat!
Author Bio –
This article is a work of Paul Smith promoting Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok specializing in serving patients from 180+ countries.