Here are my TOP 10 Diet Tips!
1) Anything processed is probably not good for you. Processed foods are foods created in a factory somewhere. They are usually stored in boxes with some fancy and colorful label enticing you to buy it. Usually foods in boxes and bags have a high calorie content, and is most likely to contain a lot of saturated fat, salt and sugar.
2) Drink lots of water! I usually carry a water bottle everywhere I go. If you are drinking out of thirst, you are probably already reached dehydration. Make sure that you drink tons of water: it’s not only good for your skin, but it also has no calories 😉
3) Have a “cheat” meal once in a while. I live by this rule. I love to indulge in food once a week. My favorite things to eat include brownies, burritos and cereal. Oh! And especially chocolate. I think it’s important to shock your body and rev up your metabolism at least once a week.
4) BE MODERATE. I have to admit. It has taken me a while to understand this concept. But in order to be successful in the long haul, you’ve got to be balanced and understand that everything is good in moderation. DO NOT BINGE. MODERATE YOUR FOOD INTAKE.
5) FIBER! FIBER! FIBER! Most Americans don’t consume enough fiber. It has been shown that by having a diet high in fiber, you actually lose more weight! Because what fiber does, is that it creates ‘bulk’ in your stomach and sends signals to your brain that you are satiated. (Most processed foods are stripped of fiber) Not only does this help you stay full longer, but it also assists in the digestion process. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. You can find tons of fiber in oatmeal, fruits,veggies and nuts.
6) Watch your alcohol intake. It doesn’t matter if a beer claims to be ‘low carb’ because the fact is, is that there is still alcohol in the beer. Alcohol makes up for seven calories per gram. (Carbs and Protein is four, and Fat is Nine) That means that you’ve got seven calories that is pretty much empty calories going straight to your fat cells for storage. It is okay to indulge sometimes, God knows I have, but moderate your drinking and understand the consequences of consuming alcohol.
7) Studies have shown that eating small meals five times a day is better than eating three big meals a day. If you think that’s too much eating…just think about creating new patterns. I thought that was a lot, but now, I’ve adapted to eating throughout the day and it’s allowed my body to always crave nourishment.
8) Adjust your calorie intake to your activity level. I’ve been a culprit of eating too much when I was not training as hard. This caused weight gain…remember to adjust your calorie intake according to your activity level. If you are about to run a marathon or train for three hours, don’t deprive yourself of nutrients.
9) Don’t become obsessive! Again, I’ve done this, so I’m telling all of y’all that this is not a way to live. Do not overly obsess about everything that enters your mouth. Have fun with food. Enjoy food. Moderate your eating and enjoy life.
10) EAT IT IN THE RAW. I love eating live, fresh, food. Raw Food is food that is uncooked and requires little preparation. I usually eat raw foods in the form of salads. SALADS ARE MY FAVORITE TYPE OF MEAL. When you eat raw food, not only are you savoring the vitamins and minerals in the food, but you are also eating like many of our ancestors did before kitchens were the norm.