5 Tips For Improving Your Health
There is so much nutrition and health information that it becomes almost impossible to pick meaningful details that can make a difference in our long-term health objectives. But rather than feeling overwhelmed struggling to change everything at once, why don’t you begin by making a few easy changes to your diet that will pay off down the road. Let’s discuss how to lose weight with some changes you make today that will lead to better health in the future.
Make a point of taking your meals on a regular basis
For better healthy, it is recommended that you take your breakfast within ninety minutes of getting up. Other meals should be taken 4-6 hours apart. Make sure to have snacks in between meals, or when you start to feel hungry.
If you wait too long between meals or snacks, then you are simply setting yourself up to being overly hungry, something that will result in overeating the next time you have your meal. When you are starving, it becomes more challenging to make good choices about what to eat or how much to eat. The consequences are uncontrolled weight gains. You don’t want this to happen to you, do you?
Cut back on sodium-filled snacks
There is no question about it; most people eat too much salt-filled snacks. For your healthy sake, avoid all these and opt for whole, fresh foods as often as possible. If you must consume restaurant or processed foods, limit then by having smaller portions. For snacks, opt for whole grain crackers, nuts, cottage cheese and the likes. Eat more at home where you have control of what gets added to your meals.
Consume proteins with every snack or meal
Since proteins make you feel full longer, it is no-brainer that they need to be included with every snack and meal. Note that lean proteins do not always have to be meat. Legumes, tofu, hummus, low-fat cheese, egg whites, butter, nuts, Greek yogurt, etc, are all good sources of healthy proteins. Most importantly, they are all low in saturated fat. And so as are fish, turkey and chicken. For a balanced meal, mix your proteins with whole grains, fruits or vegetables. Make sure to consume snacks that give you energy and staying power.
Food items such as chips, margarines, cakes, donuts, some breakfast cereal, and the likes need to be avoided in you can as they contain partially hydrogenated oils. Most food processers have voluntary excluded these oils from their ingredients, however, some have not. These oils are very fattening, meaning that they need to be avoided at all costs. Look at the labels of pre-packaged foods you purchase to be sure of this. Note that some labels might claim ‘No Trans-fats’, yet there is 0.05 grams per serving.
Skip high calorie beverages
Almost all of us are aware that beverages such as sodas are not something we want to have every day, and so are high-calorie drinks such as coffee, smoothies and juice. These provide just as much, or even more sugar than soda, making them bad for our health. Rather than having any of these, simply eat one or two whole fresh fruit. Fresh fruits give you less sugar and more fiber than drinking juice from it.
Although coffee is a popular beverage, with added whipped cream and flavored syrups, it is loaded with saturated fats and calories. So, you might want to stick with fat-free latte to keep your calories low and get a boost of calcium as well.