Many people focus on diet improvements because they feel they need to lose weight. It’s true that obesity is a rising problem, but more importantly the issue of health is at the heart of it all.
Most people know what foods they need to eat in order to achieve weight loss success or enjoy fitness on any level, yet diet is still an area where a lot of us struggle. It seems like it should be so very easy (just eat fruits, veggies, lean proteins and complex carbs), but it’s actually deceivingly complex.
You can feel the benefits from proper nutrition almost immediately. With a few healthy changes to your diet, you can be feeling great in no time.
Have healthy options handy
It’s not good enough to just purchase healthy food. You also want to make it easy to grab and eat. How many times have you went to the grocery store and stocked up on fruits and veggies only to throw them out a week or two later because they’ve spoiled?
That’s why you need to make it a point to cut up those good, nutritious foods and make them accessible for when you need them most. When you get home from grocery shopping, make it a habit to do this one little task and you’ll find that the amount of food you throw out will decrease, and so will your weight.
Eat foods that taste good
Now, you’re probably wondering why this even has to be said, but it does. Why? Because a lot of people try to force themselves to eat nutritious foods that they don’t particularly like just because they’re “good for them”. Well, if you don’t like the taste of these foods, then you’re not going to stick with them long-term, making this a phase as opposed to a lifestyle. That means that your results will be temporary versus long-term.
So, eat foods that you enjoy, whether it’s due to their taste, texture or both. And, don’t be afraid to try new things. You may end up pleasantly surprised to find something that you truly enjoy and want to include in your menu more often.
Pay attention to how foods make you feel
If you truly pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods, you may just be surprised. Even though high fat and high calorie foods seem to taste better, they also often create fatigue and tiredness.
Veggies and fruit, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates will all give you energy and make you feel more ready-to-go.
Don’t restrict yourself
The minute you tell yourself that you can’t have something you’re going to want it even more. You’ll become obsessed by it and it will consume your every thought. Your mouth will water just thinking of it, until eventually you decide to give in and eat as much of it as you can.
For example, if you absolutely love strawberry shortcake, there are a number of things you can do to make a lighter version. You can put less sugar in the strawberries, use biscuit mix that is low-fat, eat only half of a biscuit, choose light whipped topping over the full-fat version, and on and on.
Keep a positive outlook
If you walk around upset that you have to watch what you eat and hating the fact that you can’t have the foods you enjoy with complete abandon, of course you’re not going to enjoy the process.
However, healthy eating isn’t something that you have to do; it’s something that you choose to do. There’s a big difference. You can go about your life and eat what you want, when you want, as often as you want. Sure, you might have some negative consequences to deal with as a result, but you certainly can do that if you choose.