Stop harming yourself with fad diets and find a natural way to live happy and healthy!
Fad diets are no good for you. Surely, they can result in rapid loss of weight, given you follow them strictly. However, bear in mind that fad diets can harm your health and self-esteem; being designed mainly to lose weight fad diets usually are unhealthy and unbalanced. In a long term, they may result in energy loss and health problems because of malnutrition.
Fad diets require you to change your normal eating patterns. They are difficult to follow because of rules, which can be very different from your common habits. Because of that, most people give up not achieving the desired result, and the weight they lost comes back in no time. Being disappointed they find a new diet, lose and gain weight again, soon finding themselves running in circles. It is surely frustrating.
So why follow a diet that cannot give a sustained result, harming your body and self-esteem? Give it up. Instead of worrying about the dress size, think about healthy eating, which allows you to look and feel great, both physically and emotionally.
#1 Choose Healthy Foods
How do you know which foods are good for you? The principle is simple – the more natural your food is, the better it is for your body. Choose less processed products with no chemical additives and preservatives.
Fruits and berries can satisfy your craving for sugar in a healthy way. Combine your favorites to make salads with homemade dressings or buy a high-speed blender to make smoothies.
Do not forget about fresh vegetables, which contain many essential nutrients. To preserve the most nutritional qualities, eat them raw or steam cook them. Be aware that creamy and cheesy sauces are high in calories and make you gain weight easily.
Choose whole grain pastry over baked goods made from white floor. White floor has little nutritional value and contain high amounts of starch that affects blood sugar. Avoid products with refined sugar; choose a raw apple over an apple pie.
Be sure to add fish to your diet, since omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our body. Buy lean meats and avoid processed ones like sausages, hot dogs, and bacon. The way of cooking also matters: baked foods are always healthier than fried.
Water is the best drink choice; add some lemon to give it a touch of flavor. Herbal and green teas, as well as coffee can be good for you, but avoid sugary sodas and store-bought juices.
#2 Analyze Your Habits
Making your life more healthy and happy means analyzing your habits and deciding which ones should be left behind for your own good. Changing old habits is not easy, so do not try to achieve too much in a short time. These questions just might give you a hint where to start:
- Do you eat because of boredom, stress, or sadness?
- Do you often snack without even thinking about it?
- Do you often skip breakfast and overeat in the evening?
- How often do you visit fast food restaurants?
- Do you enjoy cooking at home?
- Are there kinds of food that would be very difficult to give up?
#3 Stop the Unhealthy Snacking
Some people tend to eat because of stress, sadness or even excitement, not noticing that they actually overdoing with unhealthy and high-calorie food. Since this habit is difficult to get rid of, a good advice is not to keep snacks like chips, cookies and sweets at home. Replace them with healthier alternatives like berries, fruits, and low-calorie granola bars. You can even buy a bar of dark chocolate to satisfy your special cravings. The same works for those who eat in front of the TV by force of habit.
#4 Tips for Dining Out
If you have most of your meals at a restaurant, it is not easy to keep eating healthy. Stick to soups and salads; avoid deserts and sweet after-dinner drinks. As an option, order a glass of wine and a scoop of ice cream after the main meal. Some restaurants offer large portions that do not match your needs; share them with a friend or choose smaller portions. Fast food dining is the greatest enemy for healthy living, so try to avoid it at all costs.
#5 Not Passionate about Cooking?
Although cooking at home is the best way to start eating healthy, you just might hate cooking. There is no need to spend hours cooking every day; you can try buying prepared food from the stores that offer healthy meals. If you are tight on budget, pick some time on weekends, cook and freeze food, so you can warm it up later in the week.
Do not shop for groceries when you are hungry. While shopping, stay away from shelves with junk food, artificial cheese products and processed meats.
#6 Don’t Skip Meals
Breakfast is an essential that provides you with energy for the day. Always eat at leas a small breakfast early in the morning, for example, an egg, some oats or some yoghurt. Later in the morning you may a healthy snack such as nuts or raisins, which provide you with more energy.
In fact, every meal is important. Skipping essential meals like lunch or dinner, you may easily overeat later because of feeling hungry.
#7 Control Portion Size
Surprisingly, our stomach can hold only two cups of food without stretching. But because of its ability to stretch, we can eat considerably more food then we need for one meal! To avoid overeating, serve your meal on an individual plate. Dining in restaurants, ask for takeaway containers to take half of your meal home.
If you have some favorites you just cannot give up, you actually don’t have to. Simply take smaller portions of the same treats, like a normal sized cup of latte instead of a giant one. Limit unhealthy foods you like little by little, or try to find healthy alternatives for them.
It is only natural that changing habits takes a lot of time and effort. Instead of creating high expectations and blaming yourself for not being able to meet them, make little but persistent steps to your new healthy lifestyle. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.