10 Healthy Eating Tips That Will Help You Keep Stable Weight
Want to maintain a healthier body weight? In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at 10 healthy eating hacks that will help you to keep your weight stable.
The stats don’t lie: Too many people are overweight. In America alone, it’s estimated that 3/4 of the population will be overweight by 2020. That’s an incredible estimation but it’s based on the fact that 3/4 of U.S adults were obese in 2014. To put it bluntly, we are eating ourselves fat, and we are munching our way into an early grave. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent ourselves from getting overweight. For many of us, maintaining a healthier body weight is simply a case of adopting better eating habits. If you take control of your diet, you can take control of the way you look and feel. In other words, you can take control of your health and life. Use these 10 healthy eating tips to keep your weight stable:
Eat Plenty of Fruit and Veg
It’s simple. If you want to keep your weight stable, eat more fresh fruit and veg. Not only is fruit and veg super nutritious, it also fills you up without piling on the pounds.
Eat From Smaller Plates
In the western world, we eat from some pretty hefty plates. In fact, bigger plates were introduced into America in the 1960’s. There’s absolutely no science behind these large dinner plates, and they certainly don’t need to be so big. However, most of us don’t question them. We just buy our plates and pile on the food. And then we feel under pressure to finish the whole plate. Hey, we cooked it and we’re not going to waste food, are we?! However, in Japan the custom is to eat from much smaller plates. Why? Because that’s all you need! Try it. Buy smaller plates, eat your meals and see if you don’t feel just as full and satisfied as you did when you ate from bigger plates.
Ask Someone To Join In
There are some journeys that are hard to do alone. If you can, invite a friend to join you as you try to eat healthier. In this way, you can make yourselves accountable to one another and push each other to achieve your goals.
One of the major reasons many of us find it hard to maintain a stable body weight is that we don’t plan ahead properly, or at all. We go from day to day, hour to hour, eating whatever is in the cupboard or fridge. And if there’s nothing in the cupboard or fridge, we go right ahead and order a greasy, fatty takeaway. Planning prevents this. When you plan your weekly meals, you make sure that you’re stocked up on the right foods and the right amounts. This ensures there’s no chance you’ll run out or be left undecided on what to eat.
“Screw it, let’s just have a burger!”
Drink Lots of Water
Water is so important but do you drink enough of it? As well as keeping us hydrated, water also helps us to maintain a stable weight by preventing us from overeating. Sometimes when you think you’re hungry you’re really just thirsty. If you find yourself getting hungry at unusual times, drink a glass of water to see if it helps to ward off the pangs of hunger.
Snacking is easy to do. In fact, it’s so easy to do and become such an ingrained habit for many of us that, a lot of the time, we don’t even realise we’re doing it! We put our hand into the cupboard, reach for the candy and eat half the pack during Stranger Things. Snacking unconsciously like this is really bad and it can cause your weight to get out of control. The problem is that it’s hard to give up snacking. After all, we all get a tad hungry throughout the afternoon, right? The thing is that you don’t need to give up snacking. Instead, you just need to learn how to snack smarter. For example, one of useful healthy eating tips would be to clear out all the junk, the candy, the chocolate and replace it with fresh fruit, berries, nuts and seeds. Apples are stuffed with fibre, so they can fill you up nicely, while blueberries are a gorgeous snack for any time of the day that are also good for your health.
As well as snacking smartly, it’s also important that you travel smartly. We’ve all been on trips where our eating has got out of hand, but there are precautions you can take to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Research the supermarkets and restaurants before you go, pack a bunch of healthy foods to take with you, and make a promise to yourself that you won’t overindulge.
Don’t Be Boring
Too many people associate healthy eating with boring eating and assume they can only eat boring, bland food. When this happens, it’s way too easy to get annoyed with our new diet and give it up in favour of our old one. As such, it’s super important that you don’t eat boring food. Mix things up and experiment. Buy a vegetarian cookbook, introduce new herbs and spices into your recipes. Add colour and flavour. Healthy eating can also be glamorous. It’s all on you to make it so.
Do you eat breakfast or do you tend to skip it? If you skip it, you’re doing yourself a massive disservice. It might sound like it makes more sense to skip breakfast if we want to keep a stable body weight. In reality, skipping breakfast leaves you feeling hungry by the time you get to work, which increases your desire for candy and junk. Fuel up properly in the morning and fire your metabolism with a hearty, healthy breakfast that leaves you satisfied until lunch.
When eating, try to be mindful of each bite you take. This is probably one of the most useful healthy eating tips. Be aware of the taste and texture, and take your time when chewing. Not only does this improve your enjoyment of food, it also decreases the chances of you overeating.
What are your best healthy eating tips?
Stay happy and healthy!