“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” ― François de La Rochefoucauld
Healthy and clean eating habits are not about becoming skinny, abstaining from tempting food and starving yourself. It is in fact, a way of living disease-free and having a fit body. Even without sweating in the gym and eating those expensive supplements, you can welcome fitness and longevity. Sounds weird but cutting out unhealthy food, irregular eating habits and incorporating right food items go a long way in improving overall health and promoting weight loss.
Below you will find some promising ways to keep yourself fit without following any crucial rule. But before that, let us understand the importance of being particular about your eating choices.
Why eat well?
Not once but we have heard it infinite times that eating well is the first step towards an active and healthy life. When you eat a balanced diet:
Ain’t these gorgeous reasons compelling enough to adopt good eating habits? If you are someone who desires to look in shape but doesn’t know how to get started, below given 6 tips are your weapon towards losing crap and gaining health. Let’s start…
1. Curb your sweet tooth
Late-night cravings to eat something sweet harms like anything. To keep your taste buds in control and satisfy your sweet tooth without grabbing calories, think of ‘fruit’ as the first and last thing. Replace that chocolate cookie or pudding with an apple. Add some fun with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter.
2. Jazz up your food
Getting in a diet rut is possible even when leaning on flavorful veggies and fruits. To bring happening twist, fresh herbs, particular spices and lemons are some cool options. You may not realize but sprinkling herbs, adding a little dash of spice and pinch of lemon zest can bring back your boring dish to life. Want to know the best part? These friendly substitutes are free from calories.
3. Shake your way slim
Fed up of that vigorous workout or elliptical bike? Well, it’s a call to go different and mix up the routine. Create a playlist packed with your favorite songs, turn up the volume, shake your own way, and break it down. Bring more fun by inviting your pals and get grooving. Is there any better way than this to burn about 300 to 600 calories per hour?
4. Don’t get trapped by peer pressure
No matter how specific you are about your eating choices, you can go off the track if your coworkers, friends or partner don’t share the same habits. How to deal with this? Well, you can order a pie loaded with veggies and light on cheese when others order pizza. If it’s a night out or late night party, go to a restaurant that has healthy appetizers. This way, you can save yourself from indulging on those cheese dips and onion rings.
5. Rise up your fiber intake
Yes, your body needs protein and good fat; however, fiber is also important as it keeps full and fueled all day long. If your aim is shedding pounds and getting fit, fiber can be your best friend. Studies have proved that individuals who take adequate fiber every day lose weight to a great extent. Hence, to stay in shape and own that trim figure, stick to fibers.
5. After breakfast, say hello to water
While having breakfast, drink orange juice without worrying about anything. But as far as rest of the day is concerned, replace juice and soda with water. The reason behind is simple, sugary drinks neither trigger a sense of fullness nor help in any other way.
6. Take most of the calories before noon
The more you consume in the morning, the less you are likely to eat in the evening. Besides, you have better chances to burn off the early-day calories as compared to burning off dinner calories.
There’s so much hype about not knowing what to eat when hungry between the meals. If that bothers you as well, here are a few ideas to settle for:
Whether you are addicted to sensational singer Justin Bieber or the very handsome Justin Timberlake, whether your heart goes gaga over the very pretty Taylor Swift or the all time sensual Jennifer Lopez, all these celebs share one thing in common. The love to eat nothing but healthy keeps them fit, active and toned. Take a look at some of the eating stuffs these successful people swear by:
2. Green Tea
3. Parmesan Cheese
5. Greek Yogurt
6. Chicken Breast
7. Whole Wheat
9. Wild Salmon
11. Sweet Potatoes
12. Leafy Greens
13. Brown Rice
14. Egg Whites
Make it a rule not to skip breakfast ever as it jumpstarts your metabolism. Another rule to abide by is eating smaller meals throughout the day. This keeps you energized and charged up all day long.
Talking about dinner, make sure taking it earlier so as to maintain enough hours until breakfast the next morning. As per studies, eating when you are active and giving the digestive system a long break help to maintain ideal weight.
Having the right attitude is the prerequisite of changing the eating habits. Check out some best tips:
1. Don’t rush into changing things right away. Instead, make it a gradual process.
2. Begin with goals that are achievable. This includes adding salad or veggies to a meal or having one piece of fruit every day.
3. Experiment with healthy foods to know which ones you like.
4. Feast yourself with occasional treats. When you don’t feel deprived, it gets easy to stick with clean eating.
1. Keep these suggestions in mind and compare your current diet with it to identify what changes you need.
2. If getting into the habit of eating healthy is difficult for you, talk to a reputed ‘General Practitioner’ as he/she can guide in the right direction.
Last but not the least, we all are unique and have subtle differences in body type, genetics, environment, and culture. All these factors affect our diet in one or the other way. While some people survive best on a low-carb diet, others stay energized on a vegetarian high-carb diet. However, trying these suggestions can help you in a way you have never expected.