Drink 6-10 of glasses of water every day
Drinking a cup of water 6 to 10 times each day gets easier the more you actually do it. It is simply a matter of conditioning your taste buds, and yourself, so that it becomes easier to do. Once you start this habit, you will begin to crave water.
To start with, First thing in the morning before you eat you should drink a glass of water, this will get the metabolism jump started. This is probably the easiest glass you will drink all day and it will help you remember to drink water all day long. Better yet, why not drink two glasses?
So why do experts suggest that we drink lots of water and why is it considered so essential to a healthy life? Well first off it helps to avoid dehydration and it keeps the kidneys functioning well by assisting in the elimination of waste products plus it helps to increase your metabolism which helps you to lose weight.
But aside from listening to what experts tell you, you should make it a priority to listen to your body first and foremost. When you are thirsty, then naturally you will drink water to replenish yourself. Depending on the kind of work that you do, you should try to get into the habit of drinking water regularly or even better, keeping a water bottle handy, especially on really hot days since the heat causes you to sweat and your body loses water and thus you will need to replenish yourself.
This is why water is so important in our lives and success tip number 1. Not only is it zero calories, it is basically the best source for quenching your thirst AND the healthiest. You may consider adding water to all of your meals over time and doing away with fruit drinks and sodas ultimately as it will help reduce your caloric intake and you’ll also feel much better without the added sugar that comes with the other drinks.
Take the breakfast.
Do not skip breakfast, for breakfast is the cornerstone to any success in a eating nutritiously. It is the foundation for a successful diet. If you need to go to bed a little earlier so that you can get up 20 minutes earlier each morning do it! Breakfast is so important to your good health and to weight control. According to Dr. Barbara Rolls a professor of nutrition at Penn State University, “Your metabolism slows while you sleep, and it doesn’t rev back up until you eat again.”
Eating breakfast is not only good for overall weight loss, it will help you stay on track with your diet the rest of the day. You are more likely to binge on something sweet and in the bread group if you skip breakfast.
A top tip for making sure you never skip breakfast is to always keep a couple of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or some high-fiber, low starch fruit around as a substitute. If you plan to eat fruit at all during the day, breakfast is the perfect time to do it.
Eat minimum of 3 meals and 2 snack every day.
This can be one of the most difficult adjustments to make. After all, you are busy! You already have a full-plate. When do you have time to worry about filling your plate with more frequent meals?
Ah! But this one of the top secrets to dieting success. The reality is, eating smaller portioned meals and more frequently throughout the day is another corner stone of a successful diet. Just like eating breakfast will increase your metabolism, so will eating more often. This will also help you curb your bad-carbohydrate intake by making sure that your snacks are planned and occur regularly throughout the day.
Really, it will just take a minimal investment of planning time at the grocery store and at home each morning before you head out for the day to make some healthy food choices and prepare a few healthy snacks and meals.
Avoid white type of foods
This is one easy way to remember what not to eat. If it is made from sugar, flour, potatoes, rice or corn – just say no. Remembering this rule of thumb will make it easier to recognize those rice cakes as an unhealthy high-carb snack. Basically all white types of carbohydrates are refined and therefore when in your digestive system get converted to sugar/energy. Which if not used gets converted to bodyfat.
Always look for colorful fruits and veggies to substitute for the white ones. Buy broccoli, lettuce, bell peppers, green beans and peas, brown rice in moderation, leafy greens like kale and spinach, apples, melons, oranges and grapes.
These foods are not only colorful they are also high in fiber, nutrients and important antioxidants. Eating colorful fruits and vegetables will give your diet variety as well as give you added health benefits.
It is so easy to use a low-carb diet as an excuse for poor nutrition. Resist this temptation. If the only vegetable you have eaten in the last 5 years has been the potato, now is a a perfect time to begin experimenting with other vegetables. This is important for your overall health and to avoid some nasty side effects of not getting enough fiber in your diet.
If you do a thorough search of vegetables, It’s guaranteed that you will find vegetables that you enjoy eating. Experiment with grilling veggies and cooking with real butter to add flavor. You can also search for new recipes on the Internet or in cookbooks.
Remember, if you are only eating 40 grams of carb a day or less, two cups of plain salad greens contain only about 5 grams of carbohydrate. You have no excuse not to eat your veggies.
Make your own food as possible
While more and more restaurants these days are offering low-carb friendly menu items, many of them are still not ideal low-carb fare. There are many recipes for quick and easy
meals that you can prepare yourself at home. Try to do this as often as possible
and turn it into a habit.
If you cook your own foods, you know exactly what contents you are adding in and you will be able to keep a watchful eye over hidden sugar and otherwise processed foods.
Another benefit is the cost savings over the long run. Even if you must go to the grocery store more often, you will save a significant amount per meal as opposed to eating at restaurants and fast food establishments. It will also be easier to maintain your diet with your own favorite fresh food selections on hand.
Chew slowly & enjoy your food
Guaranteed if you follow this little secret, You will feel full and more satisfied if you take the time to savor your food and chew it slower. Don’t get in the habit of eating while standing or eating quickly. Sit down preferably at the table and chew.
Eating slower like this will help you enjoy your food more, pay attention to what it is you are actually eating and get a better sense of when you are actually full.
Eat your lager meas early in the day and smaller meals later
You will feel better and lose weight quicker if you eat a large breakfast and eat a smaller dinner. Also as you have been asleep for hours your body has been fasting and earlier in
the day is the best time to refuel and provide your body with the energy that is needed.
You may also want to eat the majority of your carbs earlier in the day, saving a salad and lean meat protein for dinner.
Eating larger meals during the part of the day when you are most active will help you to feel satisfied throughout the day and curb cravings for unhealthy snacks.