Every day you can find new diet secrets on news stands or in online articles like this one. I'm not giving you any new secrets here but just timeless proven advice.
The key to making lasting change in your diet is sustainability and consistency. Change one thing at a time. Make a new habit and then move on to the next thing.
Mistake 1. Drinking Your Calories
Drinking your calories includes two important bad habits. First is that we generally drink too much soda, energy drinks, and sugar laden juices. There is strong evidence that this is part of the cause of our obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemic.
Count blended fruit juices/smoothies up there as not the best as well. By blending the fruit you breakdown most of the fiber in the fruit. Without the fiber to slow down digestion you've turned a healthy treat into a milkshake with some vitamins in it. Don't drink your calories.
Mistake 2. Not Drinking Enough Water
If you're not drinking your calories anymore what should you be drinking? Water. Most of us don't drink enough and it plays a huge role in weight loss and reduced inflammation. Sometimes we don't need to actually lose weight we just need to have less inflammation in our bodies to feel and look our best.
Water is also the basic lubricant for all our bodily systems. Without it, we don't function quite as well.
Mistake 3. Not Eating Enough Vegetables
No one ever got fat eating too much broccoli. Fill your plate with 1/3 meat and 2/3 vegetables. It's that simple. Follow that rule and you'll never have to worry about your diet, weight or health.
Mistake 4. Not Eating Breakfast
Breakfast is called "breakfast" because it's when we break the 10ish hour fast since dinner the night before. This meal gives your body signals to ramp up your metabolism and get going for the day.
Some studies have shown that people who make breakfast the largest meal of the day and reduce the size of lunch and dinner maintain a healthier weight.
Mistake 5. Not Avoiding Sugar Like it's the Plague.
Avoid sugar like it's a plague because it is. This might be the hardest mistake to deal with but may potentially be the most important. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic this could save your life. For the rest of us removing sugar from our diets will drastically improve the quality of our lives from our energy levels to our achy joints.
Sugar is addictive. Very addictive. For some people, it's harder to quit than narcotics. Find some support from friends and family and settle in for some withdrawals. But it's totally worth it!
Dieting isn't about gimmicks or quick fixes it's about making small changes over time and building new habits. Work on these 5 and in a year you'll look and feel like a whole new person.
Now go live better.