Avoid sugar at all costs!
Yes, you have read that right. No more sugary drinks and desserts. Several studies have proven that white sugar causes inflammation, insulin resistance and obesity.
Try to move more
The more you move, the better your body will respond. Go for a walk instead of taking a nap. Take the stairs. Go shopping yourself instead of ordering it from home. Any task that requires you to move is in your favour! If you have the motivation, you can even start exercising.
Cook the food yourself
If you want to be healthy and take care of your body, in all honesty, cooking on your own is the only way to do this. No crazy ingredients that you have never heard of before, no extra oil, no extra sugar, no extra anything that does not have to be in the food to begin with!
Eat protein in combination with giant salads
Leafy greens are doing wonders for your health, but most of all they are adding volume to your meals which is more satiating option. Eat your meat baked, the leaner the meat the better, don’t forget to eat fish as frequently as possible; avoid sauces and instead take the leafy greens option. If they are not in season, any non starchy veggies are also a great choice.
Drink water as frequently as possible throughout the day. Staying hydrated keep you away from unnecessary snacking between meals.
Avoid unnecessary snacking
Snacking between meals has two meanings. You either did not pick the right choice on your previous meal or you are not drinking enough water. Sometimes the body responds to dehydration with food cravings. In any case, if you didn’t eat well enough on your previous meal, snacking on fruit is a great option.
Stay away from refined foods
Refined foods are the last thing you want to put in your mouth if you want to keep your body healthy and in a good shape. No chips, no crisps, no microwaved popcorn, no sugary snacks!
If you need to eat out, learn to make healthy choices
Eating out is not the end of the world. You can’t simply ditch your friends just because of the food. You can easily make the healthier choice even dining in a restaurant. Depending on what you might be craving in that particular moment, here’s a few points to consider:
- Avoid giant meals that contain a lot of ingredients and sauces that might be very high in fat content.
- Always eat a salad along with your lunch or dinner.
- Lean meat is going to keep you satiated longer.
- Avoid eating fried foods such as french fries, onion rings, etc.
- Avoid dessert unless it’s a fruit!
- Always have a big glass of water nearby!
Let yourself have a treat every once in a while!
It’s important to treat yourself now and then in order to keep the motivation around. A candy every once in a while or even a piece of cake once a week is not going to ruin your goal. As long as you keep track of your daily meals and stay away of the foods that will put the extra calories inside your body with no satisfaction in return, you will be ok!