We as humans, know that we must eat right and know what food to avoid. The trouble is, because we are indeed human we are prone to mishaps along the way. What we eat has and will always have an effect on our physical appearance. If we continue to choose a diet plan that is high in fat, we too will become fat. There are hundreds of healthy tips and information out there but, if we don’t like what we are eating, we will soon choose something else. There is a reason why some nations are living healthier lives then we are. What are they eating that we are not? Here are some tips to make things a little easier to swallow.
Why not try to spice things up a bit? Doing this not only boosts your metabolic rate but, it will also cause you to eat more slowly. That in itself is a key reason why many Americans are overweight. We tend to eat entirely way too fast. We would enjoy our food more if we take the time to taste it. Our bodies need time to digest and signal the response of feeling full to our brains. When we eat at a rapid pace, we don’t give our bodies a chance to respond. We only stop when the meal is finished or we start to burst at the seams. Adding a bit of spice will halt that response and allow our bodies time to signal when it is time to finish the meal.
Where you eat can play a big role in your weight control success or failure. When eating out, healthy choices become limited. We live more hectic lives now that women are becoming a more intricate part of our workforce. There becomes less time to prepare meals in the late afternoon or evening. For many, it is easier to pick something up than prepare it after a long day’s work. However, choosing to make more meals at home would be beneficial in more ways than one. You are the chef, you begin being healthy by choice when you are able to decide what goes into your meals and what doesn’t. You are in more control of your calorie intake. Aside from the dietary benefits, you will find yourself saving money while eating at home as well. There are also the benefits of eating together as a family in your home.
Add more beans and lentils to your diet. They are an excellent source of protein and fiber. They are easy to prepare with hundred of varieties. Protein doesn’t just come from meat. Vegetarians all over the world incorporate protein and fiber into their diets through the use of beans and lentils. Some varieties of beans can offer protein in excess of five to seven grams per serving. With weight loss as our goal, choosing a meal that includes beans and lentils is a wise healthy eating choice.
Are you getting your exercise? We must move our bodies if we plan on seeing results. Take a brisk walk or ride a bike. In many countries, there are more bikes than there are people and for good reason. Taking a short bike ride to the corner store instead of driving will help to ward off unwanted weight gain.
You can lose up to 500 calories on a simple easy going pace. Walking can do this as well depending on your pace.
Don’t skip breakfast! Coffee is not breakfast either. Most Americans are flying out the door with a cup of coffee in one hand and their keys in another. Slow down and take time to eat breakfast. When you skip breakfast, you slow your metabolic rate and you are also more prone to eat a high calorie meal the next time you do eat. Eat porridge! Yup, porridge has many health benefits. It includes not only a great source of dietary fiber but, it also contains fruits and oats. All proven to be wonderful choices for your weight loss diet plan. Eating a diet high in fiber will aid in lowering bad cholesterol and keep your bowels regular. So, stop and sit to enjoy a light healthy breakfast. This healthy living choice alone can mean your success or failure in your weight control goals.
We need to look at how much we are eating as well. Are you a super size eater? Do you really know what a healthy portion looks like? Americans have grown accustomed to super size meal choices. These super size meals are everywhere from drive through take out to restaurants. Who says you have to eat all of that? As soon as your plate arrives, take half and place it in a to go box. You have not only saved yourself from over indulging, you’ve saved money as well as you now have another meal. Be a bit more frugal with your portions. There is no set fast rule that says a meal must consist of five or six oversized courses. Let the salad be your meal rather than just a start. When you lower your portion size, you become more aware of your calorie intake.
Plant your own garden to reap the benefits of healthy living any time you please. You can instantly increase the value of the foods you eat when they are fresh from the garden. You don’t need acres of land to plant a tomato tree. Do you live in an apartment? As long as you have a well sun lit space, a tomato tree will thrive when watered and cared for. You will be more successful in utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals when they are just a few feet away and readily accessible to you.
When you try the above tips that have been proven to work, you will soon see yourself making effortless changes to your diet. Living healthy by choice not obligation, will enable and fuel your healthy living habits for a lifetime.