If the public’s fascination with magical weight-loss cures has your head spinning, you’re not alone. Store shelves are lined with a plethora of shakes, pills and supplements that are supposed to help melt the pounds away. Everyone wants to find a way to lose the most fat with the least amount of effort. It’s time to get back to the basics.
Healthy eating habits are the foundation of every diet. Here are some of the best diet tips to follow for a slimmer, trimmer you.
Don’t skip breakfast. You’re body’s been fasting while you were asleep, so now you need to fuel up. Breakfast provides the energy you need to start the day.
Eat slowly and follow the “three bite rule.” If you wait a minute between every few bites, you can digest what you’ve eaten, curbing your appetite with smaller portions.
Avoid late-night snacking. When you sleep, your metabolism slows down and simply stores fat instead of burning it.
Drink a glass of water or milk before you reach for a snack. You may just realize you weren’t hungry, just bored.
Keep fresh veggies, fruit and nuts handy. They’re good for you and so low in calories that you can snack all you want.
Eat a small snack every few hours-even if you don’t feel hungry. You’ll be less likely to overeat later.
Skip the salt and pass on the soda. Salt causes you to retain fluids and soda can leave your stomach bloated.
Cut out the carbs after breakfast. This takes some discipline, but you will see results quickly if you stay away from foods like bread, rice and potatoes.
Get moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, turn on some music while you’re cleaning the house or take a brisk walk. Walking for just 15 minute will burn off 100 calories.
Last but not least, relax and unwind. Meditate, take a nap or get an extra half hour of sleep. The more relaxed you are, the more likely you’ll be to stick to your healthy eating habits. When you’re stressed out you’re more likely to order fast food on the run or resort to emotional overeating.
No matter how much weight you have to lose, you have to make some simple adjustments to the way you eat. You also need to exercise as regularly as possible so you can burn off more calories that you consume each day. Once you’ve settled into your new routine, eating healthy will become second nature and it won’t be long before you begin to feel happier, healthier and more energized.