If you have decided to go on a diet but are wondering how you are going to achieve your goal weight then the following healthy eating tips will help.
These tips are simple to follow, yet if you follow them I can guarantee that you will soon start to see good results.
#1: Use the red, orange and green rule
Foods that are one of these 3 colours tend to be full of nutrients that your body can use.
Try to include at least one food this colour with each meal.
#2: Drink more water
Water is perfect for hydration as it contains zero calories, so can help refresh you without adding unnecessary calories to your diet.
Drinking water can also help to curb your appetite, and can flush built up toxins from your body, which can also benefit your overall health too, as well as helping to give your clearer skin.
#3: Don’t skip meals
You may think that skipping meals will be a good idea. After-all you will be cutting back on your calorie intake.
While this maybe true, you may find that you will eat more the following meal.
Skipping meals will also result in your metabolism slowing down, so any food you do consume later on will not be burnt efficiently and will be stored as fat.
#4: Sit upright when eating
According to research, if you eat while sitting upright the food will reach your lower stomach that much faster.
This will ensure the signal that is sent to your brain saying that it is full is sent faster.
#5: Wear tight clothes
If you wear clothes that are tighter around your waist you will be inclined to stop eating as your waistline becomes tighter.
#6: Avoid those deals at the supermarket
While it is hard to avoid the temptation to buy those special offers at the supermarket, have you ever noticed that it is always junk food on sale?
If you are serious about your diet then you need to avoid this temptation, however good the deal may seem.
A simple tip to avoid the temptation is to eat before you go shopping, that way you will not be hungry while browsing.
#7: Add some spices to your food
There are certain spices that you can add to your food that can cause an increase in your metabolic rate.
Think about adding the following for an almost instant boost:
- Cayenne pepper
#8: Eat more brown foods
Foods made from processed white flour are burnt quickly by the body and result in a sharp rise in your blood sugar levels, once these fall you will experience further cravings.
If you swap to foods made from whole grains then you will not experience this sharp rise and fall, as they are digested more slowly.
#9: Get more sleep
If you are not getting a minimum of 7 hours sleep every night then you may find that you will be more hungry the following day.
The reason for this is that the lack of sleep can affect the hormones that control your hunger.
#10: Use smaller plates
This may seem obvious but if you use a smaller plate for your dinner then your portion sizes will also be smaller.
Just try to avoid stacking your food and you will almost certainly cut a few calories from your diet.
#11: Choose a blue plate
The colour blue has been shown to help cut the appetite, and while it may be a good idea to redecorate your kitchen or dining room, this is probably not practical.
Instead try eating off a blue plate, you may find that you will eat less than normal.
#12: Have a black coffee
The added sugar and cream in your usual coffee choice can add unnecessary calories to your daily intake, so buy black instead.
The caffeine can give your metabolism a little boost but you wont consume the calories.
#13: Drink green tea
The antioxidants found in green tea can help to boost your calorie burning efforts, plus they can help give your overall health a boost too.
#14: Watch yourself eat
The next time you eat try doing so in front of a mirror, chances are you will consume less.
The reason for this is that it will make you more conscious of what you are putting into your mouth and also of your goals.
#15: Get some support
If you are trying to lose weight then you will need some support from time to time.
While your family and friends may be supportive of your decision, unless they are going through the same experiences as you then they may not be much help.
This is why groups such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World prove to be so popular, as you will be able to discuss with people who maybe struggling too.
Remember the saying “a problem shared is a problem halved”, well this is true for any weight loss journey.
#16: Make special requests
If you are eating out and there is something on the menu that you know you shouldn’t eat then ask to see if they can be removed or replaced with something healthier.
The worst that they can do is say no.
#17: Add herbs
Cutting back on salt and certain fats is a good idea when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals, unfortunately this can sometimes leave your food tasting bland.
What I would suggest would be to add some herbs or spices to your food to give it back some flavour.
#18: Keep track of your progress
Most experts will agree that keeping a food diary is a good idea if your aim is to lose weight.
What you should do is write down or use an app to keep track of every calorie you consume, both with food and your drinks.
It is also recommended that you keep track of your activity levels and your progress so far too.
By keeping a record of these you can look back to see if any changes are needed, plus you can see just how far you have come, which can serve as a motivational tool.