Tips on healthy eating

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Working out is just part of the weight loss puzzle. In order to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, a proper diet and nutritional plan is a must.

In this fast-food culture, many Americans seek a quick fix for weight problems. However, maintaining a proper diet is the easiest way to lose weight. Plus, it's much easier than constantly counting calories or fat grams. By maintaining a proper diet you don't have to subject yourself to carb-free or high-protein diets.

Follow these simple tips to maintain a proper nutritional plan:

* Drink eight to twelve 8-oz. glasses of water a day. This may seem difficult at first, but take a water bottle with you to work. Try to drink a 24 oz. bottle of water on your commute to and from the office. Then, try to drink at least two bottles of water at home and at work. Just by following this plan, you have successfully completed your water quota for the day. If water bores you, try adding a lemon or a lime to spice things up. Also, try drinking water with one of your daily meals. The great thing about water is that it actually makes your stomach feel full so you won't have those mid-day snack cravings.

* Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. You might wonder what does sleep have to do with diet? Recent studies have shown that sleep deprivation is heavily correlated with weight gains. When you haven't gotten the proper amount of sleep, you eat more to gain energy. So, take a nap; it may help you loose weight.

* Eat a diet high in fiber. Most Americans don't eat enough fiber, which is found in oatmeal, grainy breads, fruits and green vegetables. Like water, fiber actually makes your stomach feel full. It also pushes the bad stuff out of your body. So eat up.

* Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Have a salad for lunch, eat some carrots and celery for a snack, eat an apple with your breakfast putting fruits and veggies into your diet isn t hard. Make it fun; eat exotic fruits and veggies.

* Make healthy choices an every day habit. Like working out, you have to fit a proper diet into your schedule. Take a healthy homemade lunch into the office. Instead of going out to get something, eat your fresh homemade lunch. Chances are it'll taste just as good; plus, it'll save you lots of money.

* Switch to low-fat milk and cheese. Maybe you're a whole-milk kind of guy or girl, but can you really taste the milk in cooked food? If you won't sacrifice drinking whole milk, use low-fat milk in cooked entrees and cereal.

* Cut down on fatty butter and sour cream. Everyone knows that butter is fatting. So, just use half of your normal portion. Try other seasonings to jazz up your food.

* Make homemade meals. Let's face it; most Americans eat out way to much. Eating in, not only saves money, but it also cuts calories. At fast food eateries or restaurants, cooks use tons of butter, and who knows what else, while preparing food. At home, you can substitute low-fat ingredients into your favorite recipes. Plus, a homemade meal could be romantic.

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