When we want to improve ourselves and solely swear not to eat junk food anymore, it is hard to keep your thoughts away from fries, ice cream or chocolate. The problem is that we get too comfortable in our ways that it is hard to give up on those old eating habits. Is eating healthy on your to-do list for 2016, but you don’t know where to start? Than these tips are perfect to stay inspired and motivated during your new lifestyle!
Know what motivates you
Changing habits are tricky, but possible. A good motivation is the key to success. Research your motivation before you start, because if you know your goal, than you have a better chance to succeed. Write the advantages and disadvantages of your changing patrons. Be aware of the bad habits you want to fix and figure out why they exist, so you can turn these into healthier new ones.
Keep an eating journal
By keeping an eating-diary, you have a clearer overview at your food habits and healthy changes. You have to write down what you eat and how you feel when you are eating. At the end of each day, examine how your emotions affected your eating habits. There are many options in keeping an journal. You can bring your notebook, download an application or an online tracking device. Through this way, you will know what you have to change in your eating patrons.
Plan eat moments
Try to eat three meals and three snacks (this can be fruit) per day or 5 small meals per day. You can start with oatmeal mixed with fruit, lunch vegetables soup, grab an apple as snack and eat sweet potato fries (made in the oven without any oil) and vegetables for dinner.
Through this website, you can calculate how many calories you need per day for reaching your goal. Through an eating journal application, you can count those calories to stick within the amount of calories.
Don’t be too harsh to yourself
Try not to exaggerate on the first week. Take baby steps. By making small changes in your eating patrons it can already improve your body.
- Try to sleep at least for 8 hours each night, as fatigue can lead to overeating.
- Teach yourself that you only eat when you are really hungry and stop when you are comfortably full.
- The size of your portions should be reduced by 20%.
- Eat two pieces of fruit per day.
- Drink only water (with fruit flavor) or tea.
- Be realistic, do not expect too much from yourself too soon.
Give yourself some time
This is the most important step of all. Give yourself some time. No one can change immediately, especially your body. It takes approximately 6 till 8 weeks before you feel any habitual changes. That’s why you have to step your game and don’t give up!
RECAP: So by knowing your goal, keeping a eating journal, have meals per day and being realistic, you would definitely reach your target. I hope that these tips have inspired and motivated you and remember ‘ABS ARE ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN.’