Did you know that a total diet overhaul can actually work AGAINST you? Such drastic changes to your eating habits can cause your body to crave the foods you once ate, making you more prone to cheating on your diet. Instead, focus on the small, simple diet changes that will help you to slowly shift your eating habits to the healthier choices. Here are a few of the best and most effective changes to try:
Eat Real Food
Make an effort to avoid any artificial or processed food. For a whole month, buy ONLY raw ingredients—meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc. Don’t buy anything that comes in a bottle, a can, or a plastic-wrapped package. Make your own nut butters, condiments, and sauces from scratch. It will require a bit more work, but you can still eat all the same delicious food WITHOUT all the chemicals, toxins, and added calories.
Eat More Fats
Stock up on foods that contain fat, such as meat, chicken, cheese, eggs, nuts, seeds, and fish. Fats are good for your health, and will encourage fat loss far more effectively than a high-carb diet. Make sure to get plenty of unsaturated (plant-based) and saturated (animal-based) fats in your diet. Increase your fat intake until you’re consuming a lot more of your daily calories from fats than from carbs.
Eat More Fish
If you aren’t eating a lot of fish, you’re missing out on one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Fish is loaded with fat-burning saturated fats, but also Omega-3 fatty acids that will improve brain health, promote better cardiovascular function, and enhance physical performance. You definitely want to add as much fish to your diet as possible!
Probiotics are foods that contain live bacteria, such as probiotic yoghurts, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and other fermented foods. These foods will do wonders for your intestinal health, which will in turn enhance your body function overall. They can reduce your risk of chronic disease and increase your chances of fat loss very effectively!
Increase Fiber Intake
Fiber does two amazing things for your body: 1) it aids in proper digestion, and 2) it helps to decrease absorption of cholesterol, sugar, and toxins by bonding with the particles. Fiber also helps to fill you up, preventing you from overeating at meals. If you want to be healthier, it’s time to add a lot more fiber—obtained via fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and whole grains—to every meal.
Get More Protein
Protein is highly important for your health. Not only is it necessary for the building of new muscle tissue, but it also plays a role in your cardiovascular function and metabolism. Protein also increases your daily calorie burning and fills you up so you are less prone to snacking throughout the day. You can prevent food cravings by simply increasing the amount of protein you eat.
If you can find ways to cut sugar from your diet, do it as much as possible! Obviously the first place to start is soda, fruit drinks, and other sweetened beverages. These extra calories are adding to your body fat without providing any nutritional value. The same goes for cookies, cakes, candies, sweets, and treats. Try to find other sources of excess sugar in your diet, such as the sugar in your coffee, the sweeteners you use to add flavor to your beverages, the sugar in ketchup and BBQ sauce, and so on. The more you can cut sugar from your diet, the healthier you’ll be!