The Top 5 Eating Habits you should start RIGHT NOW!
Many of us get overwhelmed by food. We see all of these diets, pinterest recipes, blog articles, and stunning results from our friends ("how did you lose all that weight?!") - that we want to try everything. But there is a problem. When there are so many choices available, we tend to do nothing. We go back to the habits we already know and we get even more frustrated when our desired results don't show up like magic.
You don't need more information, you need results. In order to get the results you seek you have to do the work consistently. These 5 habits are things you may already know, but they're broken down into simple, easy to implement habits to practice consistently. Drum roll please....
#1 - Drink you water!
No matter what your current weight, try working up to about 1 gallon per day. You heard me right - 1 gallon! About 60% of the population is walking around in a semi-dehyrated state, so this amount is a good marker to make sure you're getting plenty on a daily basis. Studies have proven, time and time again, that drinking more water leads to better health, more fat loss, increased muscle gain, and better performance for the things that matter (like playing with your kids). So how can you start this right now? As soon as you wake up in the morning, make it a habit to drink 12-16oz. of ice cold H20. That will set the tone for the rest of your day!
#2 - Eat lean protein at every single meal
No matter if you're looking to lose fat, build muscle, or generally feel better throughout the day, eating enough protein per day needs to be a priority. Choose higher quality sources like whole eggs, grass fed cuts of meat, wild caught fish, or fresh chicken/pork. But how much should you eat? At every meal, use the palm of your hand as your portable measuring device. Aim for 1-2 palm sized servings per meal.
#3 - Eat veggies at every single meal
Your Grandmother was right, you need to eat your veggies! We need the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber to stay energized and performing at our best everyday. If you're not used to eating veggies right now, start slowly with one handful 1-2 times per day. Eventually as you find veggies you love, work your way up to 5-7 handfuls per day. Your health will thank you for it!
#4 - STOP drinking calories
Your seemingly innocent daily trip to Starbucks, Caribou or Dunn Bros. may be hindering a lot of potential results. Drinking a bunch of calories will not keep you satisfied for long, and may even make you binge on foods that you otherwise wouldn't snack on throughout the day - and the snowball effect continues over and over. What to do? Stick to rule #1 from above, and if you need to spice things up a bit, try adding in some citrus to spice things up.
#5 - Eat slower!
Sometimes we get so excited about the delicious food we have in front of us that we scarf it down so fast we wonder where it went. This habit can lead to overeating. Your body takes about 20 minutes to realize that it's "full" so slowing down your time at the dinner table can really help cut some calories without the dreaded "calorie counting." What to do? Get in the habit of spending at least 15-20 minutes per meal.
So what is the best way to ensure success on your journey? Remember that if we are presented with too many options, we tend to get stuck. Pick JUST 1 of these habits and put it to practice for about 2-3 weeks. Once that first habit becomes part of who you are, add in another one that works for you. Keep it simple and you will see results!
Blog Submitted by: Reid Peterson, TFW-L2, PN, PCC
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