Are you tired of getting diet tips from someone with seemingly unlimited income and time?
For some of us, it may simply not be convenient to spend half of our Sunday preparing carefully portioned meals for the rest of the week, or financially feasible to buy all our meals pre-packaged in just the right portions. And there are those of us who are afraid of the idea of weighing food to achieve “optimal portion sizes”.
Here are ten real life diet tips for the rest of us.
Restaurant portions are usually enormous, and when they are on the plate, we tend to eat them. If it is possible, order from the children’s menu where the portions are more appropriate.
Keep Healthy Snacks Around and Easily Accessible.
A bowl of fruit on the kitchen table, a container of celery or carrot sticks in the fridge or a few folding cans of fruit salad in your desk at work will help you reach for something healthy when your first hunger pains start. In other words, if it’s easy to eat, you’ll be more likely to find something low in calories and good for yourself.
Replace Canned Vegetables with Frozen Ones.
Canned veggies tend to have a high sodium content, which you do not need, and a low content of real food, which you do. Buy zippered economy size bags to make it easy for you to pour out a single serving for a meal.
Reusable Food Storage Freezer-Snack Bags
Buy a Vegetable Steamer.
Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables. The food retains almost all its natural nutrients instead of rinsing it into the cooking water. Even better, it makes your vegetables taste great – which means you’ll be eating them sooner rather than eating fatty foods that pack by weight.
Oster Steamer, Stainless Steel
Never Eat Standing Up.
The easiest way to undermine your diet is to “eat without thinking”. Treat the food with the respect it deserves. Make yourself a plate. Sit down and eat properly. You’ll be less likely to just put food in your mouth without paying attention.
Distribute your Meals.
If you eat three meals a day, your body tends to store everything it doesn’t need, right at that moment. By adopting a “grazing habit,” you keep your metabolism going all day long. Take a small breakfast, a piece of fruit with crackers or toast in the morning, a light lunch and an after-school or work snack in the afternoon. Just remember that you divide the same amount of food into smaller meals, not more food into your daily diet.
Use Fruit Juice or flavored Water Instead of Soda.
Soda is nothing but empty calories. No nutrients, lots of sugar. Instead, take a bottle of 100% fruit juice or water flavored with a dash of fruit.
Even the FDA recommends at least 8 ounces of water per day to make your body work properly. If you are on a diet, you should drink even more. It’s not just this full feeling – water helps your body digest food properly and cleanse your system.
You Can’t Afford a G
Make a pact with friends to train together. Make an appointment at least three times a week to play volleyball, go for a walk or do something active for half an hour.
Skip the Potato Chips.
Fatty snacks fried in hydrogenated oil like potato chips contribute to fat and calories and not much more. Instead, take a handful of dried fruit or a cup of yogurt for the same amount of calories and much more nutritional value.