Are you trying to eat healthy to lose weight or improve your health? It can seem like a difficult task in today’s busy world with lots of unhealthy, but fast, options at our fingertips. Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You wouldn’t put anything other than quality fuel in your car and expect it to function well and you should treat your body the same. Eating natural foods that aren’t processed and full of weird, lab made preservatives is a great start. Generally, the more natural the food the better it is for you. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and even healthy fats are what you should be consuming on a daily basis.
To help avoid temptation of just ordering a pizza or stopping at your favorite fast food restaurant, planning ahead is important to success. If you know you’re going to be too busy to cook properly, prepare the night before. Take healthy snacks with you in the car or have them ready in your desk at work for those unexpected times you must have something to eat but you didn’t think to pack a lunch. A few minutes of prep work in the evening will make a big difference on your long term health. If you don’t plan ahead you’ll be more likely to skip meals which will lead to poor food choices later in the day.
A common mistake that people make is not eating enough, or often enough. You should aim to eat three to five times a day of healthy food to help keep your body fueled throughout the day. This helps keep your brain sharp and your metabolism running at top speed. Ideally your biggest meal should be in the morning and they should gradually become smaller as the day goes on. Although eating enough is important, it’s also important to remember what a portion of food should really be. Lean protein servings should be about the size of your palm, carbs the size of your fist, and even smaller portions for rich foods like cheese.
There’s no need to use the biggest plate you have and fill it as much as you can. Eat small, reasonable portions, multiple times a day and don’t eat out of boredom. Try to avoid empty calories and food that doesn’t offer some sort of nutritional benefit. Yes, that means avoiding highly processed snack foods as well.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, train for an athletic event, or just be healthy, what you eat has a huge impact. You can work out all the time and do all the right exercises, but if you’re not fueling your body properly, your body can’t show you the results you want. You must put good things into your body if you want to get good things out of it. By eating well you will have more energy, clear and bright skin, and your body will show you exactly what it’s capable of with your fitness efforts.