A few healthy eating habits you can incorporate into your diet today.

All the exercise in the world won’t help you lose weight if you have horrible eating habits. The problem is that many people are always running around in their chaotic lives and not paying attention to what they’re putting in their bodies until it’s too late.

With a small amount of dedication and a few pieces of advice, you can make some minor dietary adjustments that will pay off big time. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of eight easy healthy eating habits you can begin today.

Look at Your Current Eating Habits

If you want to improve your eating habits, then you should start by taking a serious look at what you’re doing right now. Think about your daily routine in terms of what you’re putting into your body, in addition to whether exercise is a part of your routine. If you take stock of what you’ve eaten every day for the past week and track your caloric intake, you might be very surprised at what you discover.

Incorporate Healthy Proteins

While it’s true that most people seem to eat an adequate amount of protein, some experts have suggested that we could use a little bit more each day. You need to incorporate healthy proteins such as lean poultry, fish, beans, lean beef, tofu, etc. into your meals. This will improve your health, keep you energized, help you build good muscle, and assist you in your weight loss efforts.

Eat More Veggies and Fruits

It’s been understood for a long time that we should each be consuming somewhere between five and nine servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Nutritional experts tend to be on the high level of that range, even suggesting upwards of 10 servings per day. If you’re nowhere near that limit, then you’re missing out on essential vitamins and minerals

Plan Your Meals in Advance

One of the biggest reasons people tend to gain weight so easily is that they make impromptu decisions when mealtime arrives. Lunch or dinner may sneak up on them, which means that they’re less likely to make a healthy meal because they don’t feel like they have the time. Meal planning in advance can prevent a lot of these issues because you’ll already know what you need to do to prep for the meal.

Avoid Sugary Beverages

The funny thing about sugary beverages is that everyone knows they’re terrible for their health but they sell like hotcakes. It’s hard to be down on these people, however, because high-fructose corn syrup is very appealing since it activates the pleasure centers of our brain. But since they’re devastating to your health, it’s important to either cut them out entirely or drink them in moderation – a very light moderation.

Always Check the Labels

Food and drink labels tell you tons of information, yet people buy products every single day without even looking at them. When someone becomes cognizant of labels and begins reading over them while shopping, they often can’t believe what they’re seeing. In fact, some companies have been focusing on their low-calorie content of certain items to distract people from the fact that they’re still high in sugar, sodium, fat, etc.

Drink Plenty of Water

There’s been a lot of disagreement in recent years of whether or not we really need to drink a total of eight 8-oz glasses of water every day because many foods and other beverages may contribute to this daily suggestion. However, it’s true that many of us need to drink more water on its own. Increasing your water intake has several health benefits that include suppressing appetite, aiding digestion, normalizing blood pressure, cleaning bacteria from your teeth, and more.

Have Small Portions and Eat Slowly

You’re probably aware that restaurants often serve huge portions. While this might seem beneficial from a monetary stance, this is a big reason why people often overeat. To gain control of your weight loss efforts, select meals that have a reasonable amount of food so that you don’t feel obligated to stuff yourself.

Also, keep in mind that it takes approximately 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it’s full, so it’s always best you eat a little slowly and give your body time to catch up.

Contact Fit to A T to Learn More Healthy Eating Habits

Fit to A T’s holistic coach and personal trainer can get you started on the road to holistic fitness and wellness. If you have any questions about healthy eating habits or any of our sessions, contact us by calling our facility at (727) 755-3485 today.