How many times do you look in the mirror, or walk by a window on the sidewalk and glance at your figure? We do it all so often…Many times we are impressed by what we see, other times, not so much. My grandmother used to say you are what you eat. Well it that were the case I would be one great big Cheetos Cheese Puff! I must admit, my eating habits haven’t always been the best, but then again they certainly cannot be the worst either. We all want to look and feel good about our bodies. We all want that sexy appeal. We all want to stay fit and look appealing, especially to or mates, lovers, partners, or spouses.
As we age, truth is, gravity sets in and we really must begin taking better care of ourselves. That means eating healthier, exercising and doing what we must to maintain a positive attitude. Hey, dieting can be a difficult thing, especially when you’re trying to make drastic changes to your normal routine. If you’d like to lose some weight and keep it off, the real secret is to do it with small changes that you incorporate into your lifestyle one at a time. Don’t try to do it all at once, that never works, you should know better.
You will find the greatest success if you choose lifestyle changes that you can live with in the long-term. For instance, if you love carbohydrates, it’s not likely that you’ll stay on a low-carb diet for long. In this situation, modifying your carbohydrate intake to an amount you find reasonable may work just fine for you.
These tips will help you eat nutritiously without feeling like you’re dieting:
1. Cut portion sizes in half. That’s right…don’t be a piggy! Cutting your portion size, instead of altering what you eat, is always an option. It’s easy to forget what a healthy portion actually is, which may lead many people to eat more than they intended. Try eating a bit less and use smaller plates to make it seem like your plate is still full. You’ll still feel satisfied while eating less!
2. Eat your food slower and savor the flavor. You don’t want to eat your meals at a snail’s pace, but it does take some time for your body to send signals to your brain that your stomach is full. If you’re eating slowly, you’ll get that message in time before you overeat.
3. Eat more often. Experiment with dividing your meals into smaller sizes and eating more often. Eating smaller meals more often can keep you feeling full and energized and you may end up eating less.
4. Drink lots and lots of water. You already know that water is vital to life. Water will also help you feel full- thus you will eat less! Drinking a glass of water prior to eating a meal helps you feel full sooner.
5. Be mindful when eating at restaurants. Sometimes you’ll find that you have healthy eating habits at home, but it might all go out the window when you’re eating out. Restaurants are notorious for adding in extra salt, butter, and utterly ridiculous portion sizes. Either choose something that you know is healthy based on the nutritional facts, or split up your meal and take half of it home for tomorrow’s lunch. Don’t try to scarf it all down in one sitting…enjoy the taste!
6. The calories you drink add up. When you’re calculating the calories you’ve eaten for the day, it’s easy to ignore all the calories in your drinks. If you’ve had mostly water, then it won’t be an issue. However, if you’ve stopped at Starbucks, or had fruit juice or a soft drink, you might find that you’ve had a whole meal’s worth of calories in just one drink. I don’t know about you but I would much rather have the solid food rather than a drink with empty calories!
7. Maintain moderate exercise. Exercise is important to your overall health and well-being. If it’s hard to add time for an exercise routine to your schedule, remember that every bit of activity helps. Walking around the block, parking further out in the parking lot and taking the stairs instead of the elevator can give you some great exercise without taking up too much extra time. Sex is a good way to exercise too…just keep that one in mind. It burns calories and it is one form of exercise that no one I know of complains about.
Please remember, being healthy doesn’t need to take a huge effort on your part. You can get there by being aware of your body’s needs. Listen to your body and treat yourself right, and your weight goals are sure to follow. Remember, your body is your house,…and it’s the only house you’ll ever have, so keep up the maintenance on it!