6 Healthy Eating Habits To Help You Lose Weight & Keep It Off
So you’ve decided to lose weight, it’s a huge undertaking & yes, it’s a drastic lifestyle change. But what happens after the weight has gone, It can be even more of a challenge keeping it off for the long term.
Sticking to all those new healthy rules & staying away from all your favourite treats can be tough. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips on losing weight & how to keep it off for good.
COOK ENOUGH FOR LEFT OVERS.
It’s far too easy to go overboard during lunch breaks, especially with all those tempting treats like crisps, sugary granola bars & meal deals. It also doesn’t help that you’ve got to be back at work soon meaning a calorie disaster is often inevitable. Here’s our top tip, cook enough dinner the night before to make a healthy lunch the next day. Do it every single day & it’ll not only save you time but also give you a healthy & fabulous lunch. What’s not to love? Keep some tins of sweetcorn & other vegetables at work along with instant rice for top-ups just in case.
We all know that a good breakfast will set you up for the day but we’re not talking “a big bowl of cereal. A protein rich breakfast will help kick cravings & keep you feeling fuller for longer. Busy mornings are no excuse for a half-hearted start to the day. We find preparing some or all of your breakfast the night before will get you into a great routine of a healthy & fulfilling breakfast. You can thank us later.
EAT THE SAME THINGS
Eating nutritionally balance meals every day can significantly cut your calorie intake without leaving you feeling restricted. A good guide to creating balanced meals is to split your plate into 4 quarters, one quarter lean protein, one quarter carbs and two quarters salad or veg. If your meals are balanced in this way you’ll find it tough consuming too many calories.
STICK TO WATER
You could save a small fortune in calories by swapping juices & sweetened drinks like tea with milk & sugar for water, green tea or black coffee. Studies have found that calories from liquids do not seem to reduce hunger levels nor do they supress the production of ghrelin, the hormone associated with hunger. This pretty much makes them empty calories with no nutritional value so reach for the water.
ASK FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Eating out regularly can add a significant chunk of additional calories to your intake but you don’t want to miss out on the good times. Don’t be afraid to switch it up in restaurants, swap sautéed veg for steamed, switch fries for a large juicy salad and ask for sauces on the side. If you’re in luck and are served a huge portion then eat half and take the rest home for your next meal. These little changes will make a big difference when it comes to the scales.
IT’S NOT ABOUT CUTTING OUT.
Eating well and living a healthy lifestyle is not about cutting out the things you love, it’s about appreciating your favourite treats by eating them when it counts. Following the 80/20 rule can help restore balance and help you shift stubborn weight over time. Eat healthy 80% of the time and save 20% for all those meals out, date nights & extra treats. Avoid the cheat day mentality as it can create a feeling of restriction which isn’t good for your wellbeing. Instead adopt the attitude of a perfectly balanced lifestyle that rewards you with good health & longevity.