We want you to be healthy in the choices you make in both your diet and your exercise program. The benefits to losing weight are endless, you’ll look better, feel better, be able to do more things, and you’ll live and enjoy life longer. Why wouldn’t you want to be healthy?
B stands for breakfast – the meal of the day you better not miss. It’s by far the most important meal of the day as it jumpstarts your metabolism and provides you with energy to go throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be much, it can be as simple as cereal, a banana, some yogurt, leftovers, etc.
Eat meals on a regular basis, on a schedule. You shouldn’t go any longer than several hours (4-5) between each meal. If you do, you might be faced with an extreme amount of hunger and binge. In addition, eating mini-meals throughout the day will give you even more control over your hunger.
Heart-health is extremely important – you should have foods that compliment it. You want to make food choices that are low in saturated as well as trans fats. In addition, your fruits and vegetables should be low in sodium like olive, canola, and vegetable oils. Other foods good for your heart are those that contain omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed, salmon, and walnuts.
Eat only where the portions are small and limited. You never want to put yourself in the position to easily cheat on your diet – sure, you can order a dessert or have a chocolate chip cookie every once in a while, but that’s much different than going to the “All you can eat Chinese Buffet.” Buffets kill diets as when you have an unlimited access of food with no restraint, temptation appears.
Attitudes that are negative can kill your diet. You need to know, even in your darkest days or those days where you’ve cheated, that you’ll get back on the horse tomorrow and keep riding. Hurdles will happen in your diet, as they do in life – everyone experiences them. The ones that succeed, however, are the ones that keep going even after being faced with a little diversity.
Low-blood sugar levels cause cravings between meals – in particular, sweets. You want to eat meals and have small-portion snacks that contain fiber and protein. This keeps your blood sugar levels even.
Track the progress of your diet and exercise program every day. You need to have a journal that tracks what you eat, what exercises you’ve done, how much you’ve lost, etc. This provides you with motivation to keep working towards your goals, and gives you proof in paper of where you may need to focus more of your direction in (like having too much coffee/caffeine in the morning, etc).
Have a partner. You need to be on your journey to be healthy with someone that you can talk to, someone you can relate to and knows what you’re going through. It’s good to have someone you can call after dinner and tell them that you want to have desserts – while they try to stop you.
Yogurt is a girl’s best friend. It comes in a variety of forms and flavors and is full of protein and calcium. Not only does it make a great snack as it’s portable and convenient, but a couple of small cups can make a meal at home on a night you don’t feel like cooking. Be cautious though, some types of yogurt some filled with sugar – so read the labels carefully.
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