Before you start worrying about all the right things, you should take a look at all the wrong things you are consuming. Many people think a diet consists of eating healthy food and yes, that is part of it. What about all the sugary, fizzy drinks people love to drink and the sugar and milk you put in your tea or coffee? Those small things can and do make a difference. If you really want to change your eating habits you need to educate yourself on the food you enjoy eating and why it may not be as good for you as you thought. Just because you add a side salad or veggies to a meal does not suddenly make it super healthy! It means you are taking in another food group. Also, just because something is labeled as fat-free does not mean it is sugar-free. You may be on the right track but you possibly need a little nudge in the right direction.
There are so many fad diets out there where they say you can drop the kilo’s in a couple of weeks. That sounds appealing to most of us because the idea of a diet makes us cringe so the quicker we can drop the weight the better, but healthy living is not necessarily a diet or at least it should not be considered a diet. It is you making an effort to change your eating habits permanently and for the better as well as to try to be more active. When I hear the word diet I suddenly feel hungry and my stomach rumbles while my mouth waters thinking of all the delicious food I am suddenly craving, but that is not the point of healthy living. Starving yourself is one of the worst things you can do. We all know if you starve yourself the moment you eat your body will absorb all the fat it can from that meal because it does not know when it will get food again. What you really want to do is kick-start your metabolism. Take this from someone who has tried fad diet after fad diet and I exercise, but for some reason I struggle to lose weight. There is nothing wrong with my metabolism, I have just been doing things horribly wrong. 5 to 6 small balanced meals a day kicks your metabolism in to hper drive! trust me!
Eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is not only about your weight. Yes, keeping in shape is always great, but it should not be your only focus when it comes to a healthy lifestyle change, because once you hit your target weight you may think you can now ease up and pig out and then you pile everything back on again plus some extra weight and that is not good for you. Also, you do not need to go overboard and become a vegan or vegetarian in order to be healthy. Not many people can stick to an extreme lifestyle change so why do that to yourself? The reason I am harping on healthy living as a lifestyle is because there are many people out there who seem to be suffering from onset diabetes. That is completely avoidable if you just eat right. Onset diabetes results from a refined, high density carbohydrate diet we are all accustomed to in the western world. Our bodies are continually flooded with sugar-type foods and eventually, after many years of this, the pancreas becomes worn out and cannot produce enough insulin to moderate blood sugar levels. When you reach the stage of pre-diabetes you can still try avoid becoming a diabetic by going on to a healthy eating program and if you ignore it then you develop diabetes. Being inactive does not help your cause either. If you are a slob who likes to ly around you really should try to find something you enjoy that gets your blood pumping!
Healthy living also increases your energy levels. You need to get a decent nights sleep (7 to 8 hours) and you should try to get in to the habit of going to bed around the same time. Yes, many of us like to party on the weekends and drink, smoke, stay out late and tuck in to some drunk munchies at 4 or 5 in the morning. That is obviously not conducive to healthy living, but once in a while will not harm you unless you drink yourself in to oblivion. So many people blame their paunch,’extra skin’ or puppy fat at 25 on their metabolism and use the excuse that they have tried everything; I say you have not tried hard enough. Get rid of that negative mind-set and stop putting yourself down. We are human and many of us put ourselves down everyday. It does not matter what everyone else thinks, worry about keeping yourself happy and healthy. I can foresee my friends telling me to take my own advice, but it must have sunk in for me to be spitting it out to you!
Just because you want to be healthy does not mean you cannot eat out. There are plenty of different dishes aside from salad you can order when you go out. Steer clear of fried foods like chips, calamari, spring rolls or chicken wings as well as creamy sauces and dressings. Of course you can treat yourself every now and again when you go out, but it is good to get in to the habit of staying away from fatty foods. Try living a little healthier for you and your family and see the difference it will make to your moods, energy levels and even possibly your waistline. There is nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself so go sign up with a gym, sports club or gather some friends around you to get together and get healthy.