As someone who knows how important it is to eat a healthy diet and do exercises in order to maintain good health, I also understand just how difficult it can be for some people to sticking to a diet when trying to lose weight. Here are a few helpful tips.
Make Simple Diet Changes
One of the easiest ways to stick to a diet and lose weight is to make simple diet changes and not dramatic changes. If you make dramatic changes more often than not, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Add More Water
A very important thing to do while on a diet is to make sure that you drink more water than you normally do. For some people, just adding more water to their diet will help get rid of a few pounds. It’s always a good idea to drink a full glass of water before every meal. This leads to a fuller stomach and leads to you eating less.
Make Your Dessert Fruit
It’s just part of our nature to want to reward ourselves with a great tasting dessert. However, before you grab a piece of chocolate cake or your favorite cookies, stop and grab a piece of fruit instead. Fruit does contain its own sugar called fructose, but this is a lot healthier sugar than those tempting desserts. It’s the kind of sugar that won’t spike your insulin and turn into fat. Fruit also gives you a good source of fiber along with vitamins and minerals. The fiber in fruit will help slow down the absorption of sugar in your body and this helps to maintain your blood sugar levels.
Add More Veggies to Your Diet
If you have a diet that is full of vegetables you are ensuring that your diet is full of fiber and important nutrients and are lacking in simple carbs and bad fats. This means less calories and makes it easier to lose weight.
Eating more vegetables give you more fuel to keep going and can even help in preventing some diseases. Veggies also not only make great meals but are wonderful snacks, far better than your favorite processed goods like chips for example. Some of the best ones include green beans, broccoli, kale, green peppers, and spinach.
Switch Over to Whole Grains
Many people often say stay away from carbs completely, but that doesn’t always need to be the case. Sure you’ll lose weight faster quite often, but that just makes dieting more complicated. To make it easier on yourself switch over to eating only whole grain foods. Examples would be wheat pasta, whole wheat breads, oatmeal, and quinoa. Cut out white bread and white rice/pasta. Cut down on potatoes, you don’t have to stop eating them because they are good for you. Also avoid processed baked goods.
Stay away from the simple carbs and go with the complex ones found in whole grains.
Eat Good Fats
For quite some time now fats have gotten a really bad rap. However, there are fats that you need and are good for you. Unsaturated fats that you find in avocados, nuts, and olive oil are all good fats that add to your diet and help fill you up. The “low-fat” craze was huge and in fact it’s still going strong. But, it’s important to note that many items that are labeled “low-fat” are often processed with extra sugar in order to improve how they taste, that means they lose their “healthy label”. New research is showing that things like lean red meats and cheese may not be so bad for us after all.
Change How You Eat
When implementing a healthy diet along with losing weight it’s important that you change how you eat. One great way is to actually eat more often. If you do this right, it really can work. When you eat more often it helps to keep you fuller and cuts down unhealthy cravings. This means you should eat smaller meals with healthy snacks in between your meals. [Read more…] about Tips for Losing Weight and Staying Healthy on a Simple Diet