A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating

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Making a conscious effort to watch what you eat is pretty hard.


Did I say pretty hard? I meant extremely difficult.


Having to choose to eat a bowl of salad over a large cheese burger with fries on the side and a big bottle of soda, makes me actually wonder if i really need to live long.


If you’ve decided to start eating healthy, you are making the right decision. 


Whether you’re doing it because you want to live a good life, or because you want to look and feel good, or whether your doctor told you to lose weight, or the fact that you feel fat and unhealthy, or you just because you woke up one morning and had an epiphany.


Whatever your reason is for wanting to make a change, it’s the right decision and you’re not alone.


There are bound to be challenges whenever you start something new, especially when it involves something you do several times each day and making a choice to switch diets is not any easier.

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Healthy Eating Tips

So before you begin this life saving journey, here are a few tips ;

  • Take a food habits survey, this will tell you where you need to make changes to your diet. It will also identify what nutrients you lack.
  • You may need to see a nutrition specialist; they can help you with healthy eating grocery lists that fit your needs.
  • Don't try to change everything at once, you can meet your weight loss goals without starving yourself by simply losing weight the right way.
  • The best way to overhaul your diet is to make small, gradual changes in your eating patterns. It is suggested to make just one change each week, to give you time to get used to the new behaviour. Your ultimate goal is to establish new eating habits that can be sustained for a lifetime
  • Stock your cupboards and refrigerator with healthy foods and plan to prepare healthier meals at home; that means no more fast-food.
  • Specialists recommend that everyone take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement to fill in any nutritional gaps, so bear that in mind

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A Beginner's Guide To Healthy Eating

A healthy eating plan is usually made up of low-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, seafood, beans, and nuts.


These low calorie food are filling and help you stick to your diet. The most filling foods have lots of fiber; like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts and they also have low-fat protein; found in meat, fish, dairy, and soy.


Notice I said low calorie? Most of us think we need to totally eliminate calories if we want to stay fit and that’s where we get it all wrong. You need calories if you want energy, so instead of starving yourself or going on fasts;


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Cut carbohydrates and you will start to eat fewer calories automatically.


Starving will only make you sad and cranky, Eat 2–3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.


Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables.


The importance of eating protein cannot be over emphasised, proteins boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day and high-protein diets can also reduce cravings by 60%, reduce the desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day.

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A Beginner's Guide To Healthy Eating

A diet based mostly on meat and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.


Also, don’t be afraid of eating fat, just remember to proportion right and eat the healthy kind.


Please bear it in mind that a healthy meal plan is supposed to help reduce your appetite significantly, make you lose weight quickly, without hunger and improve your metabolic health at the same time.


Any plan that doesn’t help you achieve this is just stressing you. Your decision to start eating healthy shouldn’t be short lived because of cumbersome meal plans that are ridiculous.


If you stick to the rules above, you’ll be feeling and looking like a million bucks in no time.


In summary, if you want to eat and stay healthy all you have to do is eat real food, eat fewer calories than you did in the past and avoid liquid calories.

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