How Watching Your Eating Habits Can Help

January 23, 2015 - Weight Loss and Weight Management

Most people eat without a thought or care in the world. This is why our population has so rapidly become overweight, unhealthy and complacent. If you don’t wish this to be your fate, consider the tips below and how you can use them within your own lifestyle.

When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re not, don’t. Your body will tell you when it is time for it to consume energy – your stomach will growl or even hurt. These are the times when you should eat, not when your brain tells you to such as when you’re bored, in familiar situations such as watching TV or at the movies, or when you’re feeling down. On top of that, try out a glass of water first to see if you’re actually thirsty, not hungry.

Which foods set off your I WANT IT alarm? There are certain meals or products which turn you into a craving monster, shoveling them in before you even think twice. When you realize what these foods are, stop eating them. I mean completely! If you even eat them one time, your chemical pathways will remain open for that item and your cravings will continue. Consider a healthier option, such as sweet potato fries instead of french fries, or a fruit salad instead of jello. You can even make your own version using healthy substitutions.

The best part of a meal isn’t always the taste. In fact, your brain judges the quality of what lies before you before it even enters your mouth. It is the look of the food, the presentation, which gets your salivary glands going. Create beautiful, colorful meals which look so good to eat that your brain doesn’t realize they’re actually good for you!

You need to know what the nutrition data on packaging means. Research monosodium glutamate, MSG, and it’s many alternative names, then check out how scientists use it to give rats diabetes in their studies. Find out about the effects of sodium and how much there is in the processed food you’re eating. See all those things you can’t pronounce? Research them as well so you know the difference from good ingredients, such as sodium bicarbonate (baking powder), and the less savory items, such as sodium benzoate.

Sometimes we feel down or angry, and we eat to try to make up for these feelings. You will never fill that empty void with cheesecake or truly punish those you’re mad at with potato chips. If you absolutely must eat, choose something healthy like an ounce of cheese or a high fiber option such as an apple. This will fill you up as long as you eat it nice and slowly between sobs or fits of rage.

Keeping healthy and slim is as easy as following these tips every time you eat. Once you undertake this change in lifestyle, positivity will flood in. This will result in a longer, happier life that you can enjoy with those you love. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

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