Dropping the fat and improving your overall level of health depends more on your diet than exercising. While exercising is extremely important, it’s easier to cut 100 calories from a diet than to burn another 100 calories at the gym. But how can you begin to eat healthier? You don’t need to starve yourself (which isn’t healthy), nor should you start hopping around from one trendy diet to the next. Instead, here are seven innovative ways to eat healthier, starting today.
1. Ditch the Coffee Additions
Who doesn’t like the added cream, sugar and who knows what else in coffee, right? It makes it taste great. It also instantly adds at least 100 calories to your daily diet for every cup you drink. If you drink the specialty coffee or anything else with heavy creamer and whipped toppings you’re bringing in even more. So ditch this and go with straight coffee. Yes, it’s not as exciting, but when you start to see the weight drop off just by making slight adjustments, you’ll see the benefits.
If you need added flavor, consider a flavor roast (such as French vanilla). You can even add cinnamon to your coffee instead of sugar. cinnamon doesn’t have the simple carbs of sugar and it actually fires up your metabolism.
2. In Fact Ditch Everything But Water, Tea and Straight Coffee
Calories found in beverages do you no good. There’s no nutritional value to it. You might think juice is healthy, but it isn’t. Juice is packed with sugar. So stick to water, unsweetened tea, and black coffee.
3. Switch the Salad Dressing
A salad is a great dieting meal until you pour that thick helping of ranch dressing over it. Nothing fattens up a salad like cream-based salad dressings. Chicken Cesar Salad just sounds too healthy, but the croutons, cheese and salad dressing likely bumps it up to over 1,000 calories. Instead, go with a balsamic vinaigrette. It has a fraction of the calories, healthy Omega-3 fat and little else. This simple switch will help cut substantial calories from your diet.
4. Don’t Eat From the Package
If you’re going to snack, don’t just open the bag and sit down on the couch. You’ll eat far more straight from the bag than you would if you poured out a serving into a bowl. Portion control is important when eating healthy. There is no portion control when snacking from the bag.
5. Spice It Up
Feel free to spice up your meal as much as you want. Spicy food boosts your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories doing the same things you already do. It’s okay to carry a bottle of Tabasco sauce with you. It’s healthy and great for burning more calories.
6. Eat Breakfast
Eat a healthy breakfast. One of the biggest problems you’ll run into when trying to eat healthily is not eating breakfast. Eating breakfast fires up your metabolism and allows you to burn more calories throughout the day. Skipping breakfast does the opposite. It also reduces your productivity. Just make it healthy. Oatmeal, a veggie omelet or even a protein drink are great breakfasts to help you along your healthy living.
7. Slow Down
Most people eat more than they should. Have you ever eaten food quickly and then realized well after dinner you ate too much? This happens when you eat quickly. The food doesn’t have enough time to reach your stomach, which means you don’t know you’re full until you’ve eaten even more. By slowing down how fast you eat you’ll actually feel full sooner, which leads you to not eating as much. So feel free to have that open dinner conversation with your significant other instead of watching television. Not only does this help with communication but it helps prevent you from eating as much (and it stretches your food budget further as well).
By following these seven innovative ways to eat healthier, you’ll not only start to see noticeable differences in your body composition, but you’ll feel better as well. So if you’re ready to begin improving your physical fitness and appearance, now is the time to start incorporating these different innovative, calorie slashing ways to eat healthier.