Tips for a healthy weight

May 05, 2017

Tips for a healthy weight

Don’t skip breakfast

Some people are under the huge misconception that not eating breakfast saves calories that you can then use throughout the day when you become hungry. This is not true. When you eat a reasonable and healthy breakfast in the morning, you are actually regulating your blood sugar levels. When you don’t eat breakfast in the morning, you may find that you get hungry much more quickly throughout the day because your stomach is empty.

 

Eat regular meals

By eating regularly (meals and snacks) you will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Why is this good? Because this will help prevent strong feelings of hunger, which could result in you overeating the next time you eat (which is usually the time you reach for that chocolate bar, latte or muffin - or all 3!)

 

 

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber – and they’re low in calories.  Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and blood pressure.

 

Get more active.

Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In combination with healthy eating which can help lose and keep your weight, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death.

 

Drink plenty of water.

People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need. While we may not need eight glasses, there are plenty of reasons to drink water. In fact, drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health. "Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods.

 

Read food labels.

The nutrition label provides key information such as serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrate and vitamin content. The label also contains a list of the ingredients. This information helps you stay on track with your daily targets. It also helps you avoid certain ingredients if you have a food intolerance or are following a diet that excludes certain components, such as dairy.

 

Don’t deprive yourself.

Don't ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you crave them more. There's no reason you can't enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance.Just keep in mind that a healthy diet is about healthy choices that you make, as well as moderation in portions.

 

Cut down on alcohol.

A standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate. Over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain. Alcohol also affects the quality of sleep which could affect metabolism. Aside from weight benefits, cutting back from alcohol can give you better concentration, better skin and better long-term health.

 

Plan your meals.

By planning in advance, you can aim to have nutritionally well-balanced meals throughout the week. Planning your meals ultimately allows you to take control of your own personal nutrition needs. Whether you have to stick to a lower sodium diet or want only to eat whole grains and veggies, you can plan for it




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