If you’ve been on a number of diets and either lost weight, but gained it back again or simply quit after eating some forbidden food, you know the frustration of yo-yo dieting. You lose five pounds only to gain six. You start a diet on Monday, but are starving by Thursday and head for the candy machine at work or grab a chili dog at the gas station. It’s time to break out of that prison and quit living a life that’s a constant diet. It’s time to learn how to develop a plan of nutrition for life.
Too often people think that eating healthy is just like dieting.
Eating healthy is so very different from dieting. The biggest difference is that dieting always ends. Sometimes, it ends in success and other times it ends at three in the morning with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Eating healthy never ends. It’s more about making smarter choices when it comes to food, rather than depriving yourself. When you eat healthy, you can still have some of your favorite foods that might be forbidden on a diet. You just can’t eat them as often and always keep portion control in mind.
Eating healthy can mean substituting one food for another.
Do you love sour cream on your baked potato? How about trying a dollop of Greek yogurt instead? It still creates a creamy texture when added, adds that delicious flavor, but is higher in nutrition and lower in calories. If you love baking, you’ll appreciate substituting unsweetened applesauce for some of the sugar or oil. It adds to the flavor, while cutting calories and adding nutrition. There are many different substitutions you can make that won’t detract from flavor or your enjoyment.
Planning ahead will help you stick with a program of healthy eating and we can help you do it.
It’s a busy world and sometimes it seems easier just to stop for fast food, even though it’s not the healthiest choice. Sometimes, your hunger overwhelms you and you head for the candy machine at work, the candy counter in the store or those candy bars you stuck in the freezer last Halloween. Eating healthy makes sure you never get to that point of desperation. It provides for three meals a day plus healthy snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
- The biggest change may be giving up processed foods and foods with added sugar. Switching to whole foods—food that is closer to its natural state—isn’t easy at first. You’ll still crave added sugar for a while, but that quickly goes away in the second or third week.
- You’ll be less tempted to grab a sugary snack if you combine the program of healthy eating with adequate sleep and exercise. Lack of sleep messes up your hunger hormones and exercise can lift your spirits and eliminate stress that cause you to overeat.
- You’ll be amazed at how delicious real food tastes. Your sense of taste is destroyed by added sugar and once it returns, you’ll note the true sweetness of fresh fruit and the just how delicious healthy food tastes.
- At Evolution Lifestyle Fitness, we make it easier to eat healthy. You can access all the information from your phone or computer that provides healthy menus, bar code scanners to find healthy options and even grocery lists to make it easier.
For more information, contact us today at Evolution Lifestyle Fitness