As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 25% exercise and 75% nutrition. Both are very important but our input (diet) is an important step to creating a healthy lifestyle and it also helps fuel our output (exercise). Today I wanted to focus on our input system and below I have recycled some of my favorite healthy eating tips.
- Portion control – There are a lot of things outside of our control right now, but you do have control over how much you eat. Try and eat smaller portions throughout the day rather than overindulging at mealtime.
- Smart snacking – Snacking isn’t the enemy. If you are going to snack, limit the number of times throughout the day and make sure you are eating snacks that will fill you up. Avoid stress eating and remember the apple test – if you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple then you probably aren’t that hungry.
- Out of sight, out of mind – We all have guilty pleasure foods. It is okay to sweeten up your life a little, just try and keep these items out of sight. Push them to the back of the fridge or hide them in your cabinets behind the food you don’t eat very often.
- Eat fruits and veggies – Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can. We want to keep our bodies healthy and working at their best. If fresh fruit isn’t available try canned, frozen, or dried. Sometimes these foods carry more nutritional value because they are picked and packaged at their prime and can retain more nutrients.
- Last but not least, DRINK WATER – Have a water bottle or cup near your desk and set periodic reminders to drink. Water helps deliver oxygen throughout the body, allowing you to be more alert and ready to take on the day.