2016 has arrived and you’re probably thinking about being a lot healthier and fitter in the months and years to come. Congratulations on this wonderful resolution but what does it take to bring it to reality?
The answer is simple – proper nutrition is of paramount importance for being healthier. We all have some bad habits and we do enjoy foods that are far from beneficial for the body. Still, a couple of nutritional changes can make your 2016 much happier (not to mention the fact that you’ll be fitter and more confident, as well).
Proper nutrition doesn’t have to be severely restrictive. In fact, our number one tip for healthy eating in 2016 is so simple that you’re not going to believe it. Without further ado, let’s look into the best diet and nutrition suggestions for the upcoming year.
The Number 1 Healthy Eating Tip: Portion Control
You don’t have to cut nutrients out of your diet and you don’t have to restrict yourself severely in order to lose weight. The one thing you’ll need to get in the habit of is portion control.
Over the past few decades, our portions have grown bigger and bigger. The same applies to the restaurant meals we consume. The standard plates people used in the 1950s and 1960s would seem to us tiny today.
Large plates lead to habitual overeating. Consuming more calories than our bodies need causes the accumulation of fat. Habitual overeating and blood sugar spikes make it very difficult for us to feel satisfied by small quantities of food and we start eating more. This is a vicious cycle and the only way to break free is to do portion control.
Portion control is far from difficult or challenging. Most foods come with daily recommended guidelines. You need to buy quality kitchen scales and portion control containers that take the guesswork and the counting out of the equation. Through the use of such simple tools, you’ll soon find yourself eating just enough without going overboard.
Moderation is the key to a healthier diet and you can accomplish it through effective portion control. There are several additional tips, however, that can help you improve the quality of your diet even further.
Reducing your sugar intake is one of the most important things to accomplish in 2015. Added sugar in meals, sauces, dressings and beverages gets converted into fat and it also contributes to the cravings you feel. Getting rid of sugar altogether may seem like a challenging task but it will provide an overwhelming number of health benefits.
Instead of trying to quit cold-turkey, go slow. Your taste buds will need some time to adjust. You may want to get rid of the chocolaty snacks first. Stop the sugary beverages next. Instead of using store-bought salad dressings, make your own healthy varieties (lemon juice, a small amount of honey and olive oil is a wonderful and healthy dressing pick). As you start introducing such changes, you’ll get to enjoy the real flavor of food more and your sugar cravings will decrease naturally.
Make Your Food Colorful
The final thing you can do to make your meals healthier is to add colors to them. That’s right – the more colorful your meals is, the bigger the benefits from it.
Colorful fruits and veggies contain fiber, minerals and vitamins – everything that your body needs to be healthy. Fruits and vegetables have few calories but they are dense in nutrients. This means you can eat large quantities without gaining weight.
Fruits and veggies that have a deep color tend to contain a larger concentration of beneficial ingredients. Blueberries, collard greens, cherries and tomatoes are just a few examples. All of them are wonderful sources of antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals that you can’t obtain from other foods.
If you don’t like eating greens or certain types of veggies, consider making smoothies. Smoothies combine various ingredients together and they usually contain a delicious mix of fruits and veggies. Unlike juices, smoothies don’t discard the beneficial fiber that fruits and vegetables contain. As a result, they’re a healthy and delicious pick. You can add a couple of extra nutrients to your smoothies, making them better and even more delicious. Coconut water, ground flaxseed, almond milk and even yogurt are excellent smoothie additives.