6 tricks to make your healthy lifestyle choices become habits

August 3, 2016

  

Has everybody started the week off well...new month new goals?

 

Have you maybe started well and then by the middle of the week been thrown off course and eaten a little more than you should? Maybe you haven’t been organised enough & grabbed something less healthy but convenient?

 

Though making time for food and preparing meals may sound like a chore, it can be one of the most important keys to the success of your health goals.

 

Here are some tricks to make your healthy lifestyle choices become habits.

 

1.   Keep it simple

Eat real food that’s mostly plants with lots of colour and variety. Balance every meal with high-quality proteins like lean meat, fish, tofu or beans and complex carbs like brown rice, potatoes, quinoa, and healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds and olive oil. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables to meet your daily fibre needs while keeping calories in check.

 

2.   Don’t bring junk food into the house

If you’re easily swayed to nosh on crisps, biscuits and ice cream, keep the processed snacks out of the house. This simple trick makes healthy eating easy. Out of sight, out of mind.

 

3.   Eat more fat

Yes, you read that right. People who snack on healthy fats like a handful of almonds eat fewer calories over the course of the day because they feel more satisfied. So don’t skimp on fat; it keeps you fuller for longer so you will, in turn, eat less.

 

4.   Make lunch the night before

Stop telling yourself you’ll have time to pack a lunch on your way out the door in the morning. While you’re cleaning up from dinner, put together your lunch for the next day. Planning ahead makes it easy to walk out the door with a healthy lunch.

 

4. Carry a water bottle

Because hydration is a vital part of being healthy, make it a priority to carry a water bottle around with you and refill it throughout the day. If you’re active, you will need to replace what you lost through sweat as well.

 

5. Eat on schedule

A person who eats 2,000 calories throughout the day will often have more energy and tend to lose more weight than the person who eats the same amount of calories all at one meal. By skipping meals or ignoring our hunger cues, we force our bodies to run off of fumes. Listen to your body when it says it’s hungry and you will find that it’s easier to resist the temptation of overeating later at night.

 

6. Catch some ZZZs

Getting enough shut eye at night goes a long way to protecting your body. Because hormones are regulated while you sleep, people who get quality sleep on a daily basis tend to make better food choices and have slimmer waistlines.

 

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