Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Diet
At UFiiT by Adrianne, our approach to nutrition is all about showing you how to take control. Prescribed diets and meal plans have an extremely high failure rate because they are not personal to you. We all have our own tastes, likes and dislikes and a meal plan that you create yourself based on your own preferences is much more likely to work than the one you’re forced to follow.
We aim to give you support and guidelines to help you create your own meal plan and recipes packed with food that will fuel your body properly and that you’ll enjoy!
With that in mind, here are my top 10 guidelines for creating and sustaining a healthy diet.
1. Stop calorie counting!
It isn’t a sustainable approach to a healthy lifestyle, instead, appreciate and understand which foods most efficiently fuel your body and build your diet around those
2. Practice portion control
Try not to overeat, chew properly, slow down and listen to your body. Stop eating when you’re full.
3. Balance your meals
Combine fresh vegetables, lean protein, wholegrain carbs AND good oils/fats in the recommended ratios for a complete meal. Your body needs over 40 different nutrients, and no single food can supply them all, so a balanced and varied diet is essential. Also, the balance between meals – if you had a high-fat lunch, have a lower fat dinner.
Go for lean protein, with the skin off. Also, keep vegetarian sources of protein like beans, lentils, and nuts on your regular menu.
5. Go green!
Cover half your plate with delicious vegetables. OK, don’t just go green – aim for color and variety.
6. Don’t fear carbs
When it comes to carbs, the aim is to avoid sugar spikes. Brown rice, brown pasta, and quinoa are all healthier than their pale alternatives. Sweet potatoes are better than regular potatoes. Choose good carbs, not no carbs.
7. Go good oils!
If cooked, rapeseed and coconut are your best bet, because they denature hotter. If raw, go virgin olive oil.
8. Eat smaller meals, more often
Eating more often prevents your body from going into ‘starvation mode’ and storing fat. Eating 5 or 6 small and nutritious meals a day (for example breakfast, lunch and dinner with two snacks in between) will keep your body burning fat efficiently and aid weight loss.
9. Snacks in moderation
Have snacks twice a day in small portions. A piece of fruit, or nuts – only what you can hold in the palm of your hand, not your whole hand!
10. Drink more water!
Staying hydrated throughout the day helps your metabolism, so keeping our bodies well hydrated is vital in boosting our ability to burn fat. More reasons why water is great for your health
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