The online space is filled with loads of content on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. You may have prepared a meal plan to help you achieve a balanced diet and that dream body. You may have followed a strict routine for more than six months, but you are yet to see any changes.
The gym sessions may not seem to pay off, which leads to frustrations. Engaging in healthy eating will always be one of the points that experts in this field will insist on. The following are some of the mistakes that you might be committing unknowingly.
Not eating a balanced diet
Every nutrient counts if you want various organs to perform optimally. Sometimes we overeat the same diet and forget that our body needs balancing. Proteins help the body burn calories, which is essential for weight loss. You can still enjoy that steak from Corrie cooks as it is rich proteins which will make your muscles and bones stronger.
Your body needs carbs even though most people will believe that they contribute to weight gain. Focus on complex carbs as they can help you lose weight. Carbs are a good source of energy. Healthy fats such as peanut butter, almonds, olive oil, and avocados can help in weight management.
Avoiding the foods you love
Did you know some nutrients are only available in the foods that ‘experts’ advise you to keep away from? What matters most of the time is the portion of the food you take.
Avoiding some of the foods you like might not be sustainable in the long run. You are likely to binge-eat that piece of chocolate after getting a chance, which will dilute all the healthy-eating efforts you have had in the past.
You buy smoothies and juices
Drinking smoothies will improve your bone health as they are packed with vitamin D3, vitamin K and calcium. Juices are also essential in keeping blood sugars in check and avoiding some of the common lifestyle diseases. It is also the best drink to have when you want to attain hormonal balance.
However, some of the smoothies and juices that you buy are not what they promise. The storage time and the ingredients could not be giving you the nutrients that you are looking for. Preparing smoothies at home will give you control over what gets into your system.
Regularly skipping meals
Your fitness coach may have advised you to cut on the quantity of foods that you consume. Skipping meals is not the same as reducing the portion. Skipping meals can reduce metabolism levels in your body, which will make it harder to lose weight. Skipping meals also leads to the production of cortisol which will make you feel stressed. There are also high chances that you will eat a lot when you get a chance, which can be unhealthy. Take small portions of food at regular intervals as this will protect you from starving.
Having trigger foods within your reach
Your body is bound to ‘feel’ hungry whenever you see food within your reach. If you are the type of person who can eat an entire cake, then you need to keep it out of reach. You can wrap snacks as you go to work or prepare the meals you need at that moment. You may need to do an overhaul of your pantry if you want to achieve your goals. You will thus know that you have nothing to eat when those cravings come along.
Believing that all natural foods are healthy
Most people believe that everything labeled ‘natural’ on the shelves is healthy and fit for consumption. Experts may also have advised you on how to add greens to your diet because you need them. There are hundreds of foods that grow naturally in our habitats, but that does not mean that they are healthy.
Pay attention to the ingredients and the nutrients that you will get from such foods. Some of these natural foods have been preserved with chemicals that are not good for your health. Some of them could also have been sprayed with pesticides during their growing phase. Look for certifications that will indicate that such foods are fit for human consumption.
Believing all calories are the same
Most experts will highlight that you should avoid foods that have high-calorie levels. However, it is the type of calories that matters and not the quantity. For instance, you can get 100 calories from guacamole and still be healthy. On the other hand, getting 100 calories from low-fat crackers will ruin your health. Knowing where sugars hide is also crucial when you want to determine the calorie levels. Some foods, such as low-fat dairy and ketchup, have high sugar levels even though they do not taste sweet.
Focusing on convenience
We all want to lead a stress-free life. Getting all the stuff you need at the click of a button might all that you need. Ready-made foods are convenient but not so good for your health. The label might indicate things such as ‘low-fat’ or ‘vegan’, but that does not mean that they are healthy. Preparing your meals will save you from the wrath that comes with processed foods. You can also eat fresh foods in your local restaurant. You can as well prep your foods through refrigeration to minimize the consumption of processed foods.
Not drinking enough water
Almost 60% of your body is made up of water. You thus need to take 6-8 glasses of water in a day to keep the body hydrated. Water ensures that there is a circulation of oxygen to various cells and organs. You can also take beverages, juices, and smoothies, which will keep your body hydrated.
Noting some of the above mistakes makes it easy to develop a healthy feeding program. Body needs vary from one person to the other based on health, physical activity and body mass. Be ready to adjust your lifestyle for the better and become conscious about what you eat.