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Secrets to a Healthier Diet

Updated on February 8, 2014
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Kate is a mother of two and a former registered nurse (RN). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Sonoma State University.

While many people strive to change their lifestyle and achieve a healthier diet, not all of them reach this goal. Sometimes it simply comes down to motivation, or it may be a matter of not knowing what to do. You may be seeking a new diet to assist with weight loss, or to gain muscle fast. For those seeking information on how to have a healthier diet, the below may help.

1. Do Not Aim To Eat Every Last Crumb

This is especially common in restaurant settings. A person that is enjoying a meal may feel obligated to finish it down to the last crumb no matter what. Even if the portion served to them is very large, they still go out of their way to do the best that they can. This can be dangerous and is not the correct method for a healthy diet. Instead of eating as much as possible, a person should only eat about half of the meal. When they reach this half, they should have everything else bagged to take home for later consumption.

2. Find and Keep a Food Journal

Another hurtle that people that wish to have a healthy diet frequently come across is the idea that they are doing better. They may be so convinced that the diet they have taken on is good that they do not realize that it may be worse. A way to keep track of everything that is served and eaten during the course of a day, week or month involves keeping a food journal. In this journal a person can write about everything that they ate, and in doing so they can make sure that they are on the right path.

3. Push Back On Nighttime Snacks

Once the final meal of the day has been served, this is not enough for a number of people. For them, the snacks that follow are something that cannot be thrown out no matter what. Even if they are not hungry after eating a big dinner, they may still have their snack out of routine and a sense of obligation. There is no rule that states a person has to have a snack. If a person is not hungry, they should not eat.

4. Colorful Foods Are Better

The individual looking to take on a healthier diet should pay attention to the colors associated with what they eat. As a general rule, the more colorful the food is, the healthier it is. Tomatoes, carrots, apples and other such foods hold a great deal of color. On the other side of the spectrum, potatoes, cookies, and hamburgers do not have nearly as much color. Less colorful foods should be avoided or tasted only in small amounts. Making the diet more colorful means making it healthier, and this should be kept in mind.

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