Changing our lifestyle habits in attempt to be healthier often fail when we try to make too many changes all at once.
We get discouraged with our lack of dedication and give up before we’ve given our bodies a chance to adjust. Fad diets and trendy weight loss promises may seem inviting, but in the long run they can do more harm than good. If you want to make lasting changes in your health, focus on making a few small gradual changes at a time. Once you get each change to the point where it’s a habit, focus on a few more changes, never overwhelming yourself with too much at once. Healthy living truly centers around making smart choices and by implementing a few significant changes each and every day to impact your health.
Here are five simple changes you can make to put you and your health on the right track:
- Say goodbye to processed food – Marketing today has made us believe that low fat, low carb, vitamin fortified, non-trans fat products are healthy. Most processed foods are filled with salt, sugar and preservatives that are destroying our health. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer can be traced to processed food. Cutting out processed foods can lead you to experience more energy, weight loss and an overall healthier you.
- Cut out white flour – Researchers have long linked America’s obesity problem to “bad carbs” like sugar and baked goods made with white flour. They contain little nutritional value and typically lead to weight gain. Reducing your intake or eliminating them from your diet will be a huge help to you maintaining a healthy weight.
- Eat protein at every meal – How much protein you consume in a day plays a significant role in weight management. Protein helps keep our metabolism running, our energy up and our blood sugar levels stable.
- Don’t forget the water – Water is essential for life and we need to stay hydrated to perform well and stay healthy. Switching from juices, soft drinks and milk to water helps us to reduce our energy and sugar intake and, therefore, manage our weight.
- Eat your vegetables – Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None has cholesterol and are an important source of nutrients. People who eat more vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
Start small by implementing just one or two of these changes weekly. See how they affect your health and energy levels. You may be surprised that all those fad diets and weight loss miracles can’t hold a candle to good old-fashion healthy living.