If you're trying to lose weight, you probably already know that starving yourself thin is not a fun (or effective) way to do it. Most Americans live a very rushed, hectic lifestyle, which highlights the importance of getting proper nutrition, following proper work out routines, and of course getting proper rest.
Here are some quick tips on eating healthfully:
1). Make "Real" Food Taste Better: These days, 70 percent of what we eat has been somehow modified or industrially processed. Things like artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives, stabilizers, thickeners, and additives are no friend to your waistline (and probably not your heart). Though they make food look more appealing (maybe!) and prolong shelf life, they help desensitize our tastebuds to the subtle nuances of healthy, robust foods. Eating "healthy" can be a bit of a bore because it's associated with bland, tasteless food, so a great way to make eating healthy food more fun is to add fresh herbs and exotic spices.
2). Listen to Your Body: From time to time, everyone gets cravings for bad things: candy, chips, soda, and ice cream. But did you know that your body also tells you exactly what it needs? It's called somatic intelligence and is characterized by "healthy cravings" where your body tells you exactly what it needs to run optimally. Some people report their body craving fresh fruits and vegetables shortly after working out, highlighting the importance of a consistent fitness plan.
3). Savor Your Food: It's a good habit to slow down and enjoy your food. Choosing your food carefully and taking the time to prepare and eat meals helps you enjoy the dining experience more. It also helps you feel full quicker and prevents you from over eating. As cliche as it sounds, chewing each bite thoroughly is important because it aids the digestion process by stimulating fluids in your stomach, gall bladder, and pancreas. One tip is to play relaxing music in the background when you eat, especially with someone you love, to let you slow down and enjoy your meal.
4). Don't Eat and Run: Closely related to the last point, eating on the run is really harmful to your health because we don't make the best decisions when we're in a hurry, leading to less than optimal food choices. Not only that, but have you ever had a slice of pizza for lunch, then grabbed something from the convenience store after work, only to feel hungry by the time you get home? The reason is that our brains don't register meals while we're standing or walking as a complete meal. The effect of "eating on the periphery" is that we lose track of how much we eat and what we eat. So getting rid of distractions while eating is key to eating well.
5). Drink More Water: If you often feel tired, hungry, and burned out, it may be because you're just not drinking enough water. Drinking plenty of liquids is critical to your health, especially in the summer. If you're working out or playing sports, you're at even more risk. Since our bodies are 70% water, it's not uncommon to feel dizzy or light-headed because your heart has to work harder to pump less blood around the body. Also, water helps transport vital nutrients thoroughout the body and plays an essential role in helping it eliminate waste and toxins.