By Annkristin Pfaff, Germany
To live a healthy lifestyle, you have to know the basics of a healthy nutrition. The basics consist of easy rules that you have to practice constantly to change your way of eating.
Cut sugar and fat out of your diet. Even if it seems impossible at first, after a few weeks you’ll get used to it and wonder why you ate food with so much sugar in them.
Eat a big breakfast consisting of protein and carbohydrates to boost your metabolism for the day. It can be simple, like oatmeal with fruit and coffee. You should always add vitamin rich food to your breakfast. Also, eating a big breakfast prevents you from having cravings throughout the day.
Feed yourself every 3 to 4 hours throughout the day to prevent hunger attacks. Again, it should include protein and vitamins to keep you satisfied.
Don’t drink diet soda. Research shows that people who drink diet soda as a weight loss tool actually wind up eating more food. Also, a majority of people use diet soda as the only change in their diet because they think it would make a huge difference in weight loss, but they kind of “reward” themselves by eating more sugary foods. As a result, drinking diet soda increases in cravings and eating more food because the artificial sweetener disrupts appetite control.
To make sure you maintain your health you should gradually increase the amount of vegetables you eat which in turn increases your intake of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
To boost your metabolism replace “bad fats” with “good fats” ; adding olive oil, avocados, nuts and fish to your diet will speed up your metabolism and help you to lose or to maintain your weight.
Treat yourself by eating one particular food that you crave from time to time. If you always focus on that one thing you’re not allowed to eat anymore, you would feel miserable. But, if you allow yourself a treat once in a while you are more likely to maintain your weight or losing weight.
Get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep. If you are sleep deprived, you have higher levels of hunger when you wake up and that causes you to eat more and to give in to your cravings.