Making small changes to your diet can have dramatic healthy results, from eating more fruit and vegetables to planning ahead, there are hundreds of ways that you can improve your diet and health.
If you’re on a diet and are looking to reach a certain goal these small changes can be the difference between reaching your goal and maintaining your weight and falling off of the wagon.
We’re told on a regular basis what things are good for us and what things are bad, what isn’t explained is the importance of staying focused and organised. It may sounds ridiculous but if you pre-plan and organise it will give you less of a chance to stray off the path, for instance if you have some healthy snacks in the fridge you will be less likely to binge on junk food.
Planning your meals not only gives you some valuable free time to play with, but it will ensure that you’re eating healthy meals packed with nutrients. You can always create meals in bulk and jazz them up. For instance you can create a big batch of vegetarian chilli, packed with grains, beans and vegetables, divide it up between containers, then when it comes to each meal you can create a whole host of meals, which the chilli being your base.
Thinking ahead doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the variety of your meals, you can create several meals in advance so you have your evenings to yourself, either to unwind after a workout or even give you some extra time at the gym without having to worry about slaving over a hot stove after a hard day at work.
Log Your Progress
Losing weight is a serious business and keeping track of your goals and achievements is crucial!
Keeping track of what you have eaten, what exercises you have done and what you weigh can be the difference between staying on track or blowing the diet completely. Studies have shown that when we keep a track of our progress we’re more likely to stick to our goals as we’re holding ourselves accountable.
To Eat, or Not to Eat, That is The Question
Our final tip is a simple one, yet highly effective! If you get a craving for some junk food, whether it’s a tub of Ben & Jerry’s or a family size galaxy bar, all you need to do is ask yourself one question ‘Is it Worth it?’, it might sound incredibly simple, but actually asking yourself this question out loud will help your brain center on the consequences of a chocolate fueled binge! We’re not saying you can’t have a treat, but it is about making healthy choices, such as replacing that Dairy Milk for a good quality dark chocolate.
These are just a few top tips that can ensure you stay on the healthy track.