When it comes to diet and fitness your main focus should really be creating a permanent healthy lifestyle. Making sure that the changes you make can last a lifetime. This means no more temporary diets where you cut carbs, or eat special bars and no crazy detox diets. Really work towards making real lifestyle changes.
This will not happen overnight, and you will not be perfect all of the time. So start with getting in the right mindset. You are not going to be perfect, but you will continue making improvements each day. There will be times that you want to go out for icecream, or that you may want to share an appetizer. This is all ok. Part of living a healthier lifestyle is creating a life you can live for the better, not completely restrict what you can or cannot do. We would go crazy if we couldn’t eat our favorite foods sometimes, or go out and have fun. Below are some tips that can help you get started.
Start small: Improve on at least one thing a week.
Starting small can really help you from becoming overwhelmed. Don’t expect an overnight change, it takes some time to figure out. Start with one meal at a time, or reducing one bad habit you know you have. For instance, cut any sugary empty calorie drinks from your normal days. Switch to water or unsweet tea. Start by making healthy lunches to take to work so that you don’t need to get take out. Not used to working out? Start with 3 days a week, start with a few minutes a day. Build up when you can.
Find What Works For You
What works for one person may not work for another person. It takes time to figure out what works for you. And that’s ok, don’t be afraid to experiment. Do some reading and try different things and figure out what you like. For instance, I am pretty good at eating the same breakfast and lunch every day for the week. So it’s easy for me to make a batch of the same thing and be satisfied. However, someone else may find this too boring and then they resort back to their old ways.
Get Rid Of The Junk Food
If it’s not in your house you won’t be tempted to eat it. Get rid of any junk food that could be tempting you. Go through and clean out your fridge and cupboards.
Prepare Ahead Of Time
First, plan your meals for the week. Have at least a roughed out menu. This will not only save you on over buying at the grocery store, but will keep you from trying to guess what you are going to make for dinner. In the end, this will help you reduce the times you eat out or grab something unhealthy because it’s easy.
Then, prep as much as you can ahead of time. Chop up snacks and veggies, make them easy to grab when hungry. Portion out your meat before you freeze it. My husband and I like to go shopping on Sunday’s and as we put stuff away we prepare as much as possible. Chop lettuce and put in a bin so it’s easy to grab and make a salad. Chop up celery and divide up into snack containers with some peanut butter. Slice cucumbers for another easy to grab snack. We also trim and cut our meat prior to freezing it so we can just grab, thaw, and cook when it’s time.
Try an App that will help you track your food and exercise. Myfitnesspal is my favorite. I can track my calories and macros. At least do this until you get the hang of portion control and balancing your meals. It’s a great place to start to really learn more about your habits and some of the foods you are eating.
See if you can get your partner or a friend on board as well. Or if you prefer there are many Facebook groups out there that offer support. Most of them provide tips, support, and offer advice. It always helps to have someone to turn to when you feel frustrated, stuck, or lost.
These 5 things will really help set you up for success. Focus on doing what is right for you, and just making better decisions every day. Don’t worry if you have a bad day, just start again with the next decision.
About the Author:
Tiffany Meiter is a lifestyle blogger at www.tiffanymeiter.com. She is a fitness enthusiast and loves finding ways to keep life simple and organized! She writes about all things home organization and cleaning, health and fitness, and general life.
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