Healthy eating is not dieting. If you are trying to develop healthy eating habits, you don’t want to feel like you are depriving yourself. Dieting seems to only work in the short term. To achieve weight loss and then to maintain it, you need to develop a healthy lifestyle and make that lifestyle become the norm.
Healthy eating needs to become a habit, rather than the occasional “good” day. You still can enjoy foods that are not seen as being healthy as long as they are an occasional treat. If you accompany your healthy diet with moderate exercise you will be well on your way to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Make healthy eating habitual
Eating regular meals that are healthy will ensure that you don’t experience low blood sugar levels. When low blood sugar is experienced we tend to choose foods laden with fat and high in sugar to give us a quick fix. Your energy will increase and you will experience a sugar rush, however this will be short lasting and before you know it, you’ll be reaching for the biscuit barrel again. Instead choose well balanced meals and don’t go too long without food.
Monitor your portion sizes
We are not looking at counting calories, as this would be more of a diet rather than a lifestyle change, however we need to tune into our bodies in order to learn when we are full and when that level is reached — stop eating! Bulk out meals with fresh vegetables and fruits, as they are full of fibre and you will feel fuller longer. Always add a good portion of protein to every meal as again you will feel more satisfied.
Always eat breakfast
Research has shown that people who eat breakfast tend to be slimmer than those that don’t. Your body requires fuel in the morning after a night of not eating. If you don’t eat breakfast you will experience energy dips which will lead you to snack unhealthily. If possible try to add protein to your breakfast, this could be in the form of eggs, meat, soya or yoghurt. When choosing grains try to go for oats, which release energy slowly. Avoid sugary cereals where possible. The addition of fruit will ensure that you start your day with a good dose of vitamins too!
A lot of people overeat for many other reasons other than being hungry. Try to stay in tune with your body and be aware of how external influences are making you feel. Many people eat more when they’re stressed, buts lots more eat less. It’s important to know how you personally react. Other reasons for overeating include boredom, sadness and association. Some people always associate drinking tea with a biscuit. You may need to switch your choice of beverage to counteract this.
Relationships can make or break whether you are successful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Try to get your family on board, they will become healthier in the process too. Relationship difficulties may also hinder any progress you make, it could be that you are going through a tricky divorce process or separation, which is making you turn to food as comfort. Ensure you seek advice from experienced divorce lawyers to help make the process run smoothly. Read Relationship Issues after Bariatric Surgery
Hopefully by following the above guide you’ll be well on your way to forming the habit of a healthy lifestyle.
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