Most people don’t eat healthy because they believe it is too difficult.
The reality however is eating healthy is not difficult at all.
Its all about learning how to incorporate healthy diet habits into your everyday lifestyle.
Once these healthy diet habits become second nature you will start to notice your health improving and your waistline shrinking.
Here are 5 healthy diet habits you should start following.
Eat a Variety of Different Foods
The number one reason all fad diets fail is because they severely limit what you are allowed to eat.
Overly restrictive diets are never a success.
Because eventually your body will start to crave all the things you are depriving it of.
And while some people are able to ignore the cravings, most are not.
The interesting thing about eating a healthy diet is that there really isn’t anything you can’t eat.
Please know we are not encouraging you to pig out on a big bag of chips every night.
We are however saying there is no need to eliminate chips from your diet altogether.
Its okay to eat your favorite foods, just do so in moderation.
When it boils down to it its all about portion control.
Which leads us to our second healthy diet habit.
Watch Your Portions
Losing weight, or maintaining your current weight, is nothing more than a numbers game.
If you burn more calories than you consume you will lose weight.
The easiest way to ensure you don’t eat too much is with portion control.
Something as simple as eating off of a smaller plate will do the trick.
For example, instead of eating off of a 12 inch plate, opt for a 9 inch plate.
This may not seem like much, but it will make a huge difference in how much food you eat.
When your eyes see a full plate of food it will signal to your brain that you are eating a lot food.
In reality however you will be eating a lot less than you realize because the size of the plate is smaller.
Another simple way to keep your portions under control is to avoid supersizing your meal when eating out.
Reduce Added Sugars
Added sugars are found in almost all processed foods.
Before eating anything take the time to read the nutrition label.
Look to see if any sugars have been added.
The most common added sugars are high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup.
When it comes to added sugars companies can be very sneaky with the names they use.
Make sure you are familiar with the various names used so you won’t be caught off guard.
Added sugars are not real sugars.
This is why they are called added sugars, because they don’t naturally occur in the food.
They are made in a lab somewhere and can negatively impact your health.
While you may not be able to completely avoid them, you do need to make sure you reduce the amount in your diet.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
This is by far the easiest healthy diet habit there is.
Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories.
Some are even negative calorie which means by the time you digest them you have already burned them off.
When eating fruit eat fresh, whole fruit.
By eating fresh, whole fruit you will get plenty of fiber in your diet on a daily basis.
Fiber is known for its ability to keep you feeling fuller for longer periods of time.
It also helps combat cravings.
When preparing vegetables don’t be afraid to try different methods.
You can roast them, steam them, saute them, or prepare them any other way that you find enjoyable.
Experiment with different seasonings until you find something you really like.
When you enjoy how the vegetables taste you will be more likely to continue eating them.
Eat More Healthy Fats
For many different reasons fats have gotten a really bad reputation.
That’s why you hear so much about low fat diets and low fat foods.
People actually believe fat is what makes you fat.
Let’s clear something up right here and right now.
Fat does not make you fat.
Eating too many calories is what makes you gain weight.
Fat is actually a very important part of a healthy diet.
With that being said, it is very important you understand the different types of fat.
There is saturated, unsaturated and trans fat.
Trans fat is manufactured fat and your body doesn’t know what to do with it.
So instead of releasing it, it gets stored as body fat.
You should never eat trans fat.
While you can eat saturated fat, you want to reduce the amount you consume.
The best kind of fat to eat is unsaturated fat.
This is the fat that naturally occurs in foods such as salmon and avocados.
These types of fats are good for you and will help you shed those unwanted pounds.
These are just 5 healthy diet habits you can implement in your life starting today.
Once you change the way you eat, you will change the way you feel.