May 28, 2024
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How to Stick to a Healthy Diet – 7 Powerful Steps

How to stick to a healthy diet

Introduction

Healthy diet is the top tier priority for having a balanced healthy life. Also, in contrast, maintaining and sticking to a healthy diet and being consistent can seem like a challenge, especially with the availability of tempting unhealthy food available at the tip of our fingers today.

Read this full article to know how to stick to a healthy diet and be consistent with it.

1.Plan Your Diet

Planning your meals in advance can help you make healthier choices and stick to it. Make a weekly meal plan and grocery list, and stick to it when shopping.
Including a variety of nutrient-rich foods-such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, omega, vitamins and whole grains which can enhance your diet and make it healthy. Make a diet plan-time of consuming your meal, the breaks in between and the amount to be consumed.

2.Prepare Your Own Meals for Healthy Diet

Start preparing your own meals if you want to control over what goes into your food. Eating outside can be inconvenient in terms of health- because you don’t have any idea about the amount of ingredients used, the freshness of the ingredients, the spices used and the cooking environment, which may be at times-dangerous.

Cooking at home can be healthy as you can choose the amount of salt, oil, fats, protein intake, healthy ingredients and control the amount of added fats, sugars, and salt, which cannot be controlled while eating outside.

3. Practise Mindful Eating

I’ve seen people eating in a hurry, eating while watching tv, scrolling through social media while eating. These eating habits are referred to as ‘Mindless Eating’.

Mindful eating is when you put all your focus on eating. You are not distracted by anything, and whatever you consume actually has a good impact on your body.

4. The 80/20 Rule

Your food does not seem healthy if you have healthy meals all the time. Healthy is when you have a balance between your cravings or desires and the discipline.

Do not confuse what I am talking about here. All I’m saying is that there must be a balance between the junk and the healthy. No person can eat and crave healthy meals all the time.

Imagine going to a party and not having any of the food because they have more calories or are unhealthy- you stand by the person eating, and all you’re doing is staring at people having the food.

This backfires you. You start losing control of your eating and at a point in life, you won’t be able to control and maintain your diet- all because you were too busy eating healthy that you stopped listening to what you crave, and your desires.

5. Find Healthy Alternatives to Your Favourite Food

This is really an efficient method to control your cravings- finding healthy alternatives to your favourite foods.

For example if you love chicken burger and want to have a healthy alternative, you can go for homemade chicken sandwich, which is baked, not fried; has natural ingredients instead of high sodium and saturated fat; lean towards protein and gives vitamins from spinach.

Again, there are many alternatives to many unhealthy foods-

CravingsTry this instead
Potato ChipsVeggie Crisp Chips
Movie Theater PopcornHomemade Popcorn
Peporoni PizzaPita With Roasted Veggies
Ice CreamSo Sugar Added Frozen Yoghurt
Fried ChickenRoasted Chicken
Chocolate MilkshakeCherry Smoothie with Chocolate
SodaSparkling water with your favourite fruit

6. Practise Portion Control

Practising portion control is an essential part of maintaining your healthy body. Even eating excessive amount of healthy food can lead to weight gain.

To ensure proper diet, use a measuring cup, a weighting machine or you can use your hand to measure the appropriate amount of foods yor have to consume according to your body requirements.

7. Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is crucial for maintaining a healthy diet. You can crave food if you are not hydrated, specially those which are rich in fats.

It can prevent overeating, improve digestion, and helps you prevent breakouts and makes your skin clear too. Drink atleast 3 ltrs of water daily, and minimise the consumption of sugar and soda.

Sneha Kashyap

Sneha Kashyap

Sneha Kashyap is a beauty and lifestyle influencer on instagram. She is an enthusiastic blogger and is passionate about writing in hygiene as well as fragrances. She loves to share what she is passionate about and how to help others with her skills and knowledge on perfumes and hygiene.

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