It’s easy to say you need to “eat healthy”to lose weight. But what exactly do you need to do? I hope these 10 tips help you start your diet off the right way.
- Make healthy food visible
Keep fruit out on the counter. Keep your vegetables out in the open in your fridge. Keep the unhealthy stuff hidden away, on a high shelf, or better yet out of your house.
- Make pretty food
This may sound odd, but when your food looks pretty, you will be more inclined to eat it. How may times have you scrolled through Instagram and saw a beautiful looking smoothie bowl? Go out and buy a healthy cookbook with lots of pictures and you will be inspired to cook some of that attractive food.
- Meal prep
Meal prepping is the BEST way to be prepared for healthy eating. So often we get home from our long days and don’t want to cook, so we grab something unhealthy, with food prepping this is never a problem! Prep all of your veggies, proteins, and grains on a day where you have some more time. Mix and match those things to create healthy meals daily.
- Have a breakfast high in protein
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you better have something healthy. If you start the day off with a carb-heavy meal, you are likely to crave carbs and sweets throughout the day. Have a meal high in protein to help keep you full and energized throughout the day.
- Eat your veggies first
You should eat vegetables during every single meal. Veggies help give you the vitamins you need to stay healthy and the fiber you need to stay fuller longer. Eat your veggies first thing each meal so you don’t “forget” about them or feel “too full” to eat them at the end.
- Drink more water
If you think you have drunk enough water today, you probably haven’t. So go have another glass. Water helps with satiety (feeling full), speeds up metabolism and helps with digestion.
- Start a food journal
Food journaling allows you to really see how well and how much you are eating everyday. Use a pin and paper or document your food intake with apps like My Fitness Pal.
- Eat at home more often
The best way to control how much and what exactly you are eating is to make the food yourself. Restaurants serve big portions and always add extra salt. Cooking at home will also save you money!
- Make small changes
Don’t try to go from 0 to 100. You need to make small changes to your diet so that those changes can stick! If you go from eating 3,000 calories a day to 1,500 your body is going to be so confused and you won’t be able to maintain that sort of intake. Gradually reduce your calories or increase your protein for best results.
- Eat slowly
Savor your meals so you can actually feel when you get full. Eating too quickly may also cause uncomfortable bloating.