Healthy living can be difficult to achieve, particularly if you have allowed yourself to get into bad habits. However, by following a careful dieting regimen, and by exercising enough to stop you from piling on calories and weight, you can achieve a balance in your daily life. Getting into good habits for diet and exercise, while cutting out bad routines and alcohol, will help you to improve your general well-being and fitness, while reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Some small steps that can be taken for diet success include:
1 – Focus on Fiber in the Mornings
A good breakfast can set you up for the day, and can prevent you from suffering hunger pains before lunch, which can lead to unhealthy snacking. Try to focus on a breakfast that’s rich in fiber. This can be achieved through breakfast cereals and fruit. A fiber rich breakfast will lower your appetite and keep you feeling full for hours.
2 – Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Getting into good habits with fruits and vegetables will help you to reduce a dependence on unhealthy snacking on sugary and salt rich foods. While five fruits and vegetables a day can sometimes seem like an unrealistic target, you should at least try to include fruits and vegetables with main meals, and use fruit as a snack alternative.
3 – Get the Right Kind of Minerals
Minerals in food are essential to regulating the blood and improving concentration. Eating oily fish a few times a week can provide you with the vital minerals you need.
4 – Superfoods
Think about experimenting with superfoods, which represent supplements and certain foods that are believed to have particularly healthy components. Goji berries and blueberries are recommended for their antioxidant properties, as well as for their positive effects on digestion and general health.
5 – Exercise
Don’t go overboard with exercise if it’s not already part of your daily schedule. Make sure though that you spend at least 30 minutes a day involved in some kind of active exercise, whether that means walking or going to the gym. Doing so will help complement a healthy diet and will allow you to lose weight. Over time you can start to increase your exercise regimen and you should probably aim to be doing some sort of intense cardio at least 2-3 times a week – running is the obvious choice here.
6 – Keep a Calorie Counter
Monitor the foods you eat with a calorie counter, but make sure that you don’t get too obsessed with shedding pounds. Changes to diet and weight will take a long time to achieve healthily, so don’t expect any overnight transformations.
7 – Switch to Diet Soda
You can benefit your health by switching from sugary, calorific soft drinks to diet sodas, which contain zero to no calories. Diet sodas also contains sugar alternatives like aspartame, which retains a sweet taste, but without sugar’s typical damage to the blood and to the teeth.
8 – Drink More Water
Drinking more water will help you to feel full and hydrated. Water will also help with digestion and problems with headaches. Not drinking enough water is a common error for those attempting to kick-start a diet so don't fall into this trap – hydration is key.
9 – Lean Protein
Try to include lean protein in your diet as part of a regular intake of carbohydrates and minerals. Lean protein can be found in chicken and fish, and will help to improve your blood and reduce the risk of cholesterol.
10 – Avoid Saturated Fats
Saturated fats, found in butter and fast food, can lead to blood problems and artery clogging, as well as long term heart disease. Try to look for lean fats or low fat alternatives.
11 – Cheat!
I can't stress this point enough. It's super important to cheat regularly with any routine you decide on. Whether that's drinking a glass of wine on a Friday night or eating a donut on your Tuesday coffee break. Cheating will give you something to reward yourself with. Of course, cheats should be few and far between but don't skip this one – you'll end up resenting your diet plan!