Everywhere you look there are diet books, shows, blogs, and people offering advice on how to lose weight and keep it off. Most tell you to eat more veggies, fruits, grains and legumes. Many will advocate receiving your intake of caffeine, saturated fats, alcohol and refined sugars. There seem to be so many different complicated formulas on weight loss, including caloric intake and output, body mass index and base metabolic rate that it can get confusing and overwhelming.
If you want to lose weight, you first need to make a commitment to changing your eating habits by eating more healthy foods more often.
Healthy Eating Rule #1
Avoid refined foods as much as you can. What this means is you shouldn’t eat foods that have a long list of ingredients – especially if you can’t pronounce them. A simpler way to remember this is to think of what color the food is. If it’s white (such as flour, dairy, sugar and bread), stay away. When you refine food you are likely to destroy the vitamins and nutrients. So instead of giving your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs, you’ll end up feeling empty and craving more food.
Healthy Eating Rule #2
Don’t mix your fruits and vegetables together. This is strange, since they’re always in the same sentence and food group. But the body involves different digestive juices to digest and break down fruits and the fructose they contain than it does for vegetables. Also, read the labels on store- bought fruit juices as they are often processed and loaded with sugars, and are missing the beneficial flavonoids that fresh fruit has. Your daily diet should have a ratio of 3 vegetable servings to every 1 serving of fruit.
Healthy Eating Rule #3
You should have a cheat day. In fact most nutritionists encourage it. During the week make a list of all the foods you’ve been craving and let yourself eat them on your cheat day (in moderation of course). IN addition to keeping you sane, this will create a digestive overload in your body, making your body produce more digestive enzymes which will help you during the rest of the week. Lastly, your one day of cheating will slowly but surely teach you what being healthy and energetic feels like versus lethargic and unhealthy, which will make eating healthier an easier choice.