Understanding the ins and outs of nutrition can be difficult—so difficult that even scientists are making mistakes. The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to ignore the scams and quick-fix bogus and to instead focus on developing healthy eating habits. Try out these healthy habits, stick to them, and even if you slip and mess up here and there, if you get back on the wagon you’ll keep yourself on the road to a slim physique.
1) Eat an early dinner
Experts have discovered that those people who eat on a regular basis after 8 pm are more likely to ingest more calories and carry the most body fat. Here’s a good tip: Stop eating 3 hours before you go to sleep. By doing so your body will be more keen to burning fat than creating more of it.
2) Create a routine meal
By creating a routine meal that you consume on a daily basis, you will take in significantly fewer calories. Having the novelty of new foods drives us to eat more. Therefore, if we remove the novelty, we feel fuller, faster. I’m not saying that you create a meal and eat it every day for the rest of your life. But, the more routines you establish, the more you will shrink. You can start off easy, with lunch. Have a healthy turkey wrap with lettuce and tomato and an apple.
3) Reward yourself
Here is the follow-up to the previous tip. You have to reward yourself once in a while for your discipline, right? Otherwise you are doomed to fail. No if’s and’s or but’s about it.Once you’ve established your healthy routine, you need to establish a reward system for yourself. After eating your routine meal, to prevent yourself from going into binge-mode, eat a small dessert every day. But remember…only if you deserve it.
4) Eat breakfast.
I cannot stress this enough. It really bugs me when people say that they won’t eat breakfast because they aren’t hungry or it makes them sick. No matter what, you MUST EAT BREAKFAST! It’s the first meal that literally “breaks the fast” and jump-starts your metabolism in the morning. If you are worried about your weight, and you are skipping breakfast, you can easily remedy the situation by enjoying a nice cup of Greek yogurt with some berries and a coffee or tea. Trust me, your body needs it in order to function properly throughout the day.
5) Snack in-between meals
Snacking may appear to be the enemy of a dieter, but au contraire, it is one of your biggest adversaries! Planning nutritious snacks throughout your day can actually keep you skinny. Snacks with low-sugar and high-protein help maintain blood-sugar levels, prevent hunger pangs, cravings, and body fat storage. Need ideas? Try nuts! Seriously…they are so good for you! Full of healthy fats. Just make sure you have a healthy portion size, otherwise all of that healthy planning goes out the window.
6) Drink water
Water makes up nearly 60 percent of your body and it is crucial in the everyday processes of your body. It can fill you up, prevent cravings, and improve your health all around! If you are a juice/soda addict, try replacing a few of those drinks with some water. You’ll be astounded by the results!
7) Eat spicy food
Huh? How does eating spicy food help keep you thin? You’d be surprised…A chemical compound called capsaicin, found in chili peppers, acts as an appetite suppressant. Capsaicin has also been shown to boost metabolism and fight inflammation. The take away: Routinely adding spicy ingredients like cayenne or red pepper to your meals is an easy, flavorful way to stay slim.
Good sleep habits have been linked to maintaining a healthy body weight. Try for at least 6-8 hours a night. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase appetite, lower willpower, and heighten cravings.
9) Eat protein
Protein increases lean muscle mass, which keeps your metabolism running on high—even when you’re resting! Protein also keeps you full, which makes you less likely to overeat. To start, try to add some protein to each meal. Lean protein sources like fish, eggs, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and legumes are perfect for increasing your protein intake.
10) Take the stairs
While maintaining a healthy workout routine is a key element to maintaining a thin physique and healthy weight, making simple choices like taking the stairs are just as important in reaching these goals. While you can exercise like any other person who gets on a treadmill, those who move more throughout the day are able to maintain their healthy weights much easier than those who were sedentary.
Hope you’ve enjoyed these healthy tips! And as always, have a lovely day. 🙂
- Why Skipping Meals Undermines Weight Loss (everydayhealth.com)