You will soon hear the whispers of tv commercials on summer bodies, getting fit in 30 days, losing 10lbs in as little as two weeks. You’ve heard it before, haven’t you? And you will have to listen to it again and again and again, as long as may you live.
I won’t lie to you about instant gratification and how rewarding it may feel. I won’t misinform you with data that I know nothing about and research that I have yet to read. What I can tell you is how a simple diet and exercise regiment can improve your quality of life.
Now when I say diet, I mean the food you put in your mouth each day, whether healthy or not. That’s what a diet is; it’s simple food that provides the body with the energy it requires to keep going. It’s easy to develop terrible eating habits and twice as hard to change them. Looking into why do you crave a particular food or how hard it is not to eat at night can be the one thing holding you back.
Here are a few tips on how to create better eating habits:
- For two weeks straight, write down everything that you eat. Yes, that includes gum, light snacks, even water. Write it all down. (You may feel guilty looking back at your choices, but when you take a closer look at what you eat, it can help you understand more about your body.)
- Your serving sizes should be no larger than your palm. Have fun trying to find a burger or pizza that small.
- Drink water before and after each meal. Preferably 2 to 4 ounces, just to wet the palette.
- If you want seconds, wait 15 minutes before going back and make sure this portion was smaller than the first.
- Eat your food slowly. Try chewing 20-30 times before you swallow.
- After eating, go for a light walk to help digest your food.
- Keep 1/3 of your plate available for veggies only, not deep-fried either.
- And the best tip of all; listen to your body. If you bloated, low on energy, hangry, or just tired. Use foods that will help you get to a better place and a healthier lifestyle.
These are my best tips, as they have helped me. I hope that they will help you develop a better eating plan.
As always, my friends, stay healthy, stay happy, and keep moving forward.