When you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health, it’s important to know what foods will help you reach your goals. Check out our balanced diet tips for optimizing your weight loss program or diet regulation.
Drink more water. Thirst can easily be confused with hunger. Many people eat or snack when in fact they are thirsty. Water causes your body to raise the temperature of the water to your internal body temperature, hence burning calories. By drinking 12 oz of water each morning and before each meal, you can burn 200 calories a day. By adding freshly squeezed lemon juice you will also create a more alkaline environment in your body.
Eat breakfast. As soon as you awake, drink 12 oz of water. Eat breakfast within one hour of getting up each morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you energy to start the day and it will prevent inappropriate snacking.
Eat regularly. If you don’t eat regularly, you will cave in to snacking. This will make you sluggish, cranky and unmotivated to exercise. A healthy snack between 2-3PM will get you over the mid-day slump that hits all of us. Yogurt or dried fruit would be ideal.
Eat foods in season. Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season ensures they are at their best. Have you ever eaten an unripe fruit? It’s usually tart. When you eat foods in season, your body will get the best of the best and your taste buds will thank you.
Order a kids meal. If you’re worried about dining out while trying to lose weight, consider ordering from the children’s menu. The portions are a lot smaller and you’ll probably pay much less.
Keep healthy foods in stock. Having healthy and easily prepared meals ready to go will reduce your temptation to order pizza and all those other unhealthy quick meals. In the same token, don’t keep big bags of chips and a cookie platter in your kitchen. It’s important to create a healthy environment in order to reach your weight loss goals.
Focus on whole, plant-based foods. Fill most of your plate with fruits and leafy green vegetables. Also include a variety of whole grains, beans, and legumes to give you filling fiber and keep you going throughout the day. Try to find minimally-processed or locally-grown foods whenever possible and make these foods the mainstay of your diet.
Snack on fruits. Sometimes you just want something to munch on. We get it. How about snacking on fruits that are finger foods instead of chips or other defeating foods? Strawberries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries and dried fruits are awesome finger foods. You can wash them as soon as you bring them home and leave them in a Tupperware container for easy access.
Replace pasta with vegetables. Eating less pasta or bread and more veggies, will help you lose weight and have more energy. By default you shouldn’t combine your starches with proteins, so pile on the veggies and hold off on the pasta.
Eliminate or reduce caffeine and alcohol. Women who have more than two alcoholic drinks a day are at higher risk of osteoporosis. Caffeine consumption interferes with hormone levels and also increases the loss of calcium.
Cut back on animal protein. Protein is an essential part of any healthy diet, but too much animal-based protein causes calcium loss. Over time, this could lead to a decrease in bone density and osteoporosis.
Eat healthy fats. Healthy fats like olive oil, olives, nuts, fish, peanut butter, avocados are known to boost your brain power and your mood. They are especially good for pregnant women. Many important vitamins—including vitamins A, D, E, and K—are fat-soluble, meaning you need fat in your system in order to absorb them.
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