Understanding how to diet

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Understanding how to diet

Everyone wants a plan when it comes to how to diet.  They want the written roadmap on what the perfect diet is, and how quickly it will work.  Now, things aren't quite as simply as all that but heres a few helpful things for you to start your own diet.

BALANCING YOUR FOOD

So just like anything in life balance is the key, this is no difference when it comes to your diet.  A balanced diet is one that gives you the nutrients your body needs to work correctly. To get the proper nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes(chickpeas, soybeans, peanuts, lentils), nuts and last but certainly not least PROTEIN.

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

When dialing back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to swap them with healthy alternatives. Replacing those bad trans fats with healthy fats (such as switching fried chicken for grilled salmon) will make all the difference to your health. Switching animal fats for refined carbohydrates in the morning when you're having breakfast but, with that being said, switching your breakfast bacon out for a donut isn't exactly a fair swap, something more along the lines of oatmeal is what were looking for!

PORTION CONTROL

Serving sizes have gotten bigger and bigger. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entree, split a dish with a friend, and don't order supersized anything. At home, simply knowing what to look for can help with portion sizes. Your serving of meat, fish, or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards and half a cup of mashed potato, rice, or pasta is about the size of a traditional light bulb. By serving your meals on smaller plates or in bowls, you can trick your brain into thinking it’s a larger portion. Still hungry?  Throw a few extra leafy greens or veggies on the plate to help fill you up!

MEAL PREP

Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and be able to see what actually is going into your food on a daily basis. There's nothing more satisfying than opening a fridge full of healthy premade meals all just waiting to be eaten.  The best part is you’ll eat less calories and avoid the chemical additives, added sugar, and unhealthy fats of packaged and takeout foods that can leave you feeling tired, bloated, and irritable, and even make symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety worse.

Diet might seem like a scary lifestyle change but not all diets are the same, everyone has a different reason and goal in mind when they start one.  At the end of the day any type diet will be hard in the beginning but like anything if you stick with it, the results will make the difficult shrink by comparison.  It won't always be so simply but remember anything easy isn't worth having, and anything worth having isn't easy.