Keeping Your Healthy Diet On Track
Getting fit and healthy is a hard thing to do, as is following a healthy diet. The society we live in doesn't encourage healthy eating either. Have you noticed there are fast food outlets, bakeries and take-away stores on just about every corner.
So here are some tips to help you keep yourself on track and stay focused:
- Be Organised
Plan and cook your meals ahead of time. If you know what you eating for the day and your meals are there ready to just heat & eat, you will be less likely to break when meal times come around. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
- Eat Breakfast
How many times have you heard "Start your day with a good hearty breakfast"? well it is so true. Breakfast literally "breaks the fast" kickstarting your metabolism and giving you the energy to start your day.
- Eat Regularly
Eat a small meal every 2 to 3 hours. This keeps your hunger at bay and boosts your metabolism, helping your body to burn more calories throughout the day. When you miss meals you are more likely to grab the "wrong foods" just to satisfy that hunger.
- No Low Carb
Low carbohydrate diets have been all the craze for a number of years now. Our bodies need a balanced intake from all of the nutrients to function properly. Also low carbohydrate diets are very hard to follow for any length of time. You are far better of eating low GI than low carb, so let's re-introduce those whole grains back into your diet.
- Don't Shop On An Empty Stomach
Have you ever noticed that shopping when hungry results in a basket full of foods that you never intended to buy. If you eat before doing you grocery shopping you are less likely to pick up more than what is on your shopping list.
- Clean Out The Pantry
Empty your fridge and pantry of all those "off limits" foods. No matter how strong your willpower is, if the food is there eventually you will eat it. Removing the food removes the temptation.
- Plan Your Cheat Meals
Planning your cheat meals ahead of time gives you something to look forward to. You will be less likely to break your diet today If you know there is a planned cheat meal to look forward to tomorrow.
We all have those times when we meet a friend for coffee and that luscious piece of chocolate cake seems to be calling your name. Try sharing your indulgence with your friend, this way you satisfy your cravings but don't feel obliged to eat the whole thing.
Most of all, don't give up on yourself. We all have bad days but don't be discouraged, get right back into your plan today. One indulgence has not undone all of your hard work. Little baby steps every day are taking you in the right direction, getting you another step closer to your goal.
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