Some Tips for Eating Healthier
- Control portion size, so eating less is easier. For example, consider taking a smaller bowl or plate when you eat at home. This makes it easier to eat slower and still feel full.
- Don't rush or try to eat dramatically less in a short period of time. Taking it slowly is the key here, in addition to the fact that an intense diet will actually be more harmful than simply eating a little less each meal.
- You don't necessarily have to remove every single 'unhealthy' thing, simply eliminate as much as you feel comfortable with.
- It also isn't necessary to ban foods, but rather to eat less of them so they don't become temptations.
- Eat with other people, or do something that will distract you from your food. If you eat slower, the message that you're full will reach your brain before you eat too much.
- If at all possible, try to eat a large breakfast, then split your meals into smaller portions throughout the day, for example, six smaller meals as opposed to three large ones.
- Try not to eat too many of the worse types of fats, and be careful of having too much protein.
- When looking at the nutrition facts, check the amount of fat (saturated especially) before the calories.
- When eating out, remember that in most places a single entree will be enough, even if it doesn't feel like it. So, unless you're sharing or planning on taking some home, try think about how much food you'll actually eat.
- Consider drinking water, or some beverage with less sugar in it, such as unsweetened iced tea.
- Ask for the salad dressing on the side, so you can control the amount.
- Choose main dishes with vegetables as a side dish.
- Pick something grilled, boiled, or sauteéd, as opposed to something fried.