1. DRINK WATER Drinking water before meals can help promote weight loss, and studies show that those who drink two glasses of water before meals feel fuller and eat less.
2. EAT CARBS: REAL CARBS! Replace refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, and pretzels with complex carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
3. CHOOSE HEALTHY FATS A common misconception is that fat should be completely eliminated. The body utilizes dietary fat for energy, healthy hair, skin, nails, vitamin absorption, and normal everyday bodily functions. Choose sources such as nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil.
4. EMPHASIZE LEAN PROTEIN Our bodies require protein to continuouslyrenew and replenish our cells, stabilize our blood sugar, and give us energy. Many foods contain protein, but the richest sources include animal products like meat, dairy, eggs, and fish as well as plant sources like beans, nuts, and seeds.
5. EAT BREAKFAST By eating a hearty breakfast, you’llgive your metabolism a jumpstart and be in better control of your cravings.
6. EAT MORE FREQUENTLY It’s important to balance your food intake throughout the day to help maintain normal blood sugar and decrease the chances of binging when hunger strikes.
7. EXERCISE YOUR BODY AND MIND Exercise has enormous benefits for your mind and body, with research boasting decreased body weight, smaller waist circumference, lower resting heart rate and blood pressure, AND it boosts your mood!
8. CATCH SOME ZZZZ’S Research suggests that those who sleep five hours or less weigh five pounds more than those getting at least seven hours of shut eye per night. Said simply: Sleep more, eat, and weigh less! Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
9. LEARN TO COOK Cooking meals at home allows you to control portion sizes, the quality of ingredients, and cuts your intake of sodium, fat, and calories.
10. KEEP TRACK OF WHAT YOU EAT The healthiest foods are those found just as nature intended – whole and unprocessed. When was the last time you saw an ingredient list on a stalk of broccoli or a fresh fillet of salmon?