It can be rather tricky to halt negative eating habits and switch to an healthier plan that has less of your favorite guilty pleasure foods. Even though a handful of salty potato chips may often seem more appealing than steamed broccoli, putting more effort into practicing healthy eating routines will benefit you in many ways. You don't have to drop all your guilty pleasures cold turkey – simply easing into a more beneficial diet will in time change your eating habits. FitDay advised you begin to reduce your calorie intake slowly over time while still managing to eat enough daily calories to fight off hunger. It's all about the easing in.
If you want to make healthy changes in your eating habits, try the following simple steps.
Keep a log of what you eat
Keeping track of what you eat will allow you to see on paper – or screen – what you are eating too much or too little of. It can be a great way to track your daily intake and stay on course with a healthy plan, allowing you to start paying attention to your meals before you begin eating and how many calories you've already eaten that day. There are plenty of apps out there to help you get started. The Guardian recommended MyFitnessPal, which not only logs your calories, but is also an exercise tracker. Another option could be carrying around a small journal or notebook and writing in it after every meal. Use your Casio Baby-G watch features to log what time of day you are eating so you can evenly space out your mealtimes.
Be picky about portions
Sometimes it can be hard to avoid the lure of your go-to restaurants, but try to get into the habit of cooking for yourself. This is a beneficial option, because you will not only be able to manage what you are eating, but how much. Portion control is a huge factor to consider, as it is all too easy to put more on your plate than your body actually needs. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases advised you stick to regular mealtimes and stay consistently within those time frames daily. This will lessen the urge for snacking in between hours, especially if you have a tendency to skip certain meals.
Don't skip breakfast
It's true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A study conducted by the University of Missouri found that consuming a high protein breakfast reduced the risk of high body fat, large daily food intake and rising levels of hunger throughout the day. The source recommended a breakfast consisting of eggs, Greek yogurt or meats. Use your Casio Baby-G digital watch with an alarm to make sure you get up in time for breakfast!
Trade sugary drinks for water
It's no secret drinks high in sugar don't help with keeping weight gain at bay. According to Authority Nutrition, soda and other sugary drinks are an easy way to add too much fructose to your diet, and when the amount of fructose consumed gets too high, the liver will turn it into fat. Water's health benefits are endless, and trading in soda can be an extremely helpful way to turn around your calorie and sugar intake. Next time you feel like drinking a soda, reach for water instead!