Your health is affected by the food that you eat. Having said that if you would like to feel healthier and lose weight, crash dieting and making radical changes to your food habits are often unsustainable and counterproductive choices.
So what can you do instead? Taking small but positive steps towards improving your nutrition and creating healthy food habits may produce slower results but these small steps work! Over time, small changes in your daily food habits can make a big difference in your overall health. Here are some ideas to start you on your journey.
Include more protein in your everyday diet
A high metabolic rate burns more calories. Protein increases your metabolic rate. According to studies, a diet that includes high protein gives metabolism a boost by 80 to 100 calories a day. Protein also tends to reduce your hunger, which, in turn, means you eat less. There are many other benefits that protein offers your health such as lower blood pressure, stronger bones, and increased muscle mass.
Good sources of protein include eggs, fish, meat, seafood, poultry, legumes and beans and full-fat dairy products.
Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables
Yep, you’ve heard this before. Fruits and green vegetables contain vital vitamins for your body’s optimum function. Including them in your diet will have a positive effect on your overall health. If you are busy, work long hours, and feel time-poor, fresh fruits are a simple, no preparation snack to have on hand.
Replace unhealthy oils and fats with good oils and fats
Avoid refined vegetable oils as well as trans fats. They have an excessive amount of Omega-6 fatty acids which can increase your risk of cancer and heart disease. Health benefits can be gained from replacing these with saturated or monounsaturated fats which you can get from avocado oil, olive oil as well as coconut oil.
Don’t skip your breakfast!
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It’s a fallacy that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight and in fact, can have the opposite effect. Yes, missing breakfast can actually make you gain weight!
Creating a healthy eating pattern is a marathon, not a sprint. Quick, radical changes can yield results but these too are often short-lived.
Focus on how your diet makes you feel, and adopt long-term healthier habits. You’ll find that your weight will balance itself out along the way.