Eat Your Way to a Slimmer & Healthier You
It’s easy to laugh at the common saying “you are what you eat”, but there’s a lot of truth in it. Successful weight loss comes with a combination of healthy eating and exercise, but you’ll start seeing changes just by switching up your diet. Not only will you lose weight by replacing bad foods with these healthy ones, but your skin, hair, and nails will show improvement as well.
Fruit Is Your Friend, So Load Up!
Fruits are not only delicious, but many of them pack a ton of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins that will help you feel and look refreshed and healthy. Most of them are low on calories, so you can fill up on fruit without blowing your daily calorie allowance.
To figure out how many calories you should be taking in daily, add a zero to your weight. If you want to lose weight, you should be taking in fewer calories than this number, and adding calories to gain. Any calories you burn from exercise can be added to your allowance for the day.
When considering what fruits to incorporate into your diet, it’s important to pay attention to the glycemic index, or sugar content. Some fruits are higher in sugar than others. The same thing goes for other foods as well.
Here are a few fruits that are especially advantageous for weight loss:
Veg Your Way to Better Digestion
The key to successful weight loss is filling your body with fresh, nutritious foods and ridding your body of the bad stuff. Digestion plays a huge role in ridding your body of toxins, and in overall weight loss. Fiber is an important component of your diet that aids in digestion, and there are several vegetables that are packed full of it:
- Sweet Potatoes
Like fruit, most vegetables are very low in calories, which means you can fill up on all the broccoli, carrots, and spinach you want without worrying about going overboard. Plus, the fiber will help you feel full and keep you sustained until your next meal.
Water Works Wonders for Health & Beauty
You’d be surprised how much of a difference water makes in your overall wellbeing. Have you ever noticed how tired and sluggish you feel after a day of drinking little to no water? That’s because water plays a huge role in many of your body’s processes.
Sources recommend to take half your body weight and drink that many ounces of water per day for optimal health benefits. So for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces, or roughly 2.5 liters of water per day. But timing is important too! Try drinking two full glasses of water before meals to fill you up and help you eat less.
If you’re not a big water drinker, that’s okay! Drinking green tea is another way to stay hydrated while also reaping the benefits of antioxidants, which help brighten the skin and prevent aging wrinkles. Add a little dash of honey or natural sweetener to improve the taste.
Diet & Exercise: A Package Deal
While eating all of these healthy foods in place of junk food will definitely yield results, it’s important to keep in mind that the best way to achieve healthy weight loss is with the combination of diet AND exercise. Physical activity not only increases the metabolism and burns fat, but it also strengthens your heart, boosts endorphins, and helps prevent bone disease.
If you find that you don’t have extra time to go to the gym, make small changes to your everyday routine to increase your physical activity. Here are some examples:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Park further away at stores and restaurants
Make an extra trip up and down the stairs in your home
Walk down to the mailbox to get the mail
Dance around the kitchen while making dinner
And if you’re looking to maintain your weight, the single most important thing you can do to stay on track is to step on the scale every day!
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