Did you know that a recent survey spilled the beans on some interesting food habits? Apparently, 50% of Americans claim they try to eat healthy, but get this—over 36% still munch on fast food regularly. So what stops them from eating healthy? Lack of knowledge and not enough time to cook seem to be the top culprits.
Now, we all know that chowing down on unhealthy grub day in and day out can lead to packing on the pounds and dealing with pesky chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. If you’re struggling to make the right food choices and reach your goal weight, no worries! I’ve got some practical tips up my sleeve to steer you in the right direction.
Ready to dive into the world of healthy eating? Buckle up and check out these six awesome tips for making smart food choices!
Pump Up the Protein
If you want to shed some pounds naturally, increasing your protein intake is where it’s at. Protein is like the superhero of nutrients when it comes to long-term weight loss. It curbs your appetite and revs up your metabolism, making it a real champ.
Protein also messes around with those weight-regulating hormones in your body. Take ghrelin, for example, the so-called hunger hormone that your stomach produces to let your brain know it’s empty. Protein swoops in and makes you feel fuller, so you naturally end up eating less. Plus, it helps preserve your muscle mass, which actually burns more calories than fat. Cool, right? You can even burn up to 100 extra calories a day just by upping your protein game.
To get your protein fix, load up on foods like fish (salmon and trout are great options), eggs, lean meats (chicken and lean beef), dairy products (Greek yogurt and cheese are delicious), and legumes (chickpeas and lentils are winners). Oh, and some folks find it helpful to take a protein supplement to make sure they’re getting enough protein each day.
Fiber Is Your Friend
You’ve probably heard that fiber is essential for a healthy diet, but what is it exactly? Well, it’s like the roughage or bulk found in plant foods that your body can’t break down. There are two types: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is a water-attracting champ. It turns water into a gel-like substance that slows down digestion. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, adds some oomph to your stool and helps it glide through your digestive system more smoothly.
Fiber is a rock star for your digestive health, making you feel fuller for longer and keeping things moving smoothly. It’s also a key player in controlling blood sugar and lowering cholesterol levels. How? By slowing down digestion, it affects how your body responds to the carbs you eat. Plus, it adds extra bulk to your stools,allowing the food waste to move on through.
To get a good mix of both soluble and insoluble fiber, load up on foods like lentils, nuts, barley, peas, whole grains, wheat bran, fruits, and veggies. One thing to note: Too much fiber at once can make you feel bloated and gassy, so take it slow if you’re not used to it. Gradually add fiber to your diet and make sure to stay hydrated by drinking enough water.
Staying hydrated by guzzling enough water each day is a major part of making healthy food choices that often gets overlooked. Believe it or not, studies have shown that drinking water can help with your body weight and composition. How cool is that?
And get this—sipping on some agua before a meal can actually curb your appetite and help you eat less during that meal. So ditch those sugary beverages and opt for good ol’ H2O. By doing so, you’ll cut down on your daily calorie and sugar intake like a boss.
Now, they say you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. They call it the 8×8 rule, but keep in mind that it can vary depending on your activity level. If you’re a go-getter who’s always on the move, you’ll need more water than someone who spends most of their time chillin’. Some folks find it easier to sip on water throughout the day, while others prefer to chug it down in one go. Either way, keep that urine clear and your body hydrated. Our rule of thumb, take your body weight in pounds, divide that by 2 and that number in ounces is how much you should drink each day.
Sugar, Sugar, Slow Down!
We all know that too much sugar can pack on the pounds and bring on a whole bunch of nasty conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It can even cause chronic inflammation in your body, setting you up for a world of health problems. Yikes!
So here’s the deal: Avoid foods with added sugars like the plague. Say no to candy, sweetened breakfast cereal, cookies, and other sugary treats. And watch out for sneaky added sugars with fancy names like high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, or fructose.
Instead, make a conscious effort to limit your sugar intake by making these changes:
- Opt for water over sugary drinks.
- Snack on fruits and veggies instead of sugary snacks.
- Use plant-based milk alternatives in your coffee instead of artificial sweeteners.
- Sprinkle some fruit on your cereal for a natural sweetness.
- Oh, and one more thing—always read those nutrition labels before tossing any food into your grocery cart.
Get Your Meal Prep Game On
Meal prepping is the secret sauce for embarking on a successful weight loss journey. It’s a total game-changer, my friend! Not only does it lead to long-term weight loss, but it also helps you eat out less and make healthier food choices.
Now, I know meal prepping can feel a bit overwhelming at first, so take it slow and steady. Pick a day of the week (like Saturday or Sunday) and plan your menu for the week. While you’re at it, check out what food you already have in your pantry or fridge.
Next, create a meal plan that includes plenty of protein, fruits, and veggies. This will make your grocery shopping a breeze. Some folks even go all out and batch-cook their meals over the weekend so they have ready-to-go grub for the entire week. Others prefer prepping ingredients in advance and cooking each day. Find a method that works for you and run with it!
Get Help from Our Team
If you’re serious about getting healthier and shedding those extra pounds, consider joining a weight loss program like ChiroThin. It’s a fantastic way to get the nutrition you need and embrace a healthier lifestyle overall.
The ChiroThin protocol involves dietary supplements that contain special ingredients to help stabilize your blood sugar and activate fat metabolism. They’ve got a unique formula with just the right amounts of vitamins and amino acids to support long-term weight loss.
Plus, with this protocol, you’ll have check ins with a doctor or team member who will hold your hand along the way. You’ll follow a low glycemic, anti-inflammatory diet that includes foods like fish, fruits, veggies, and other lean meats. They’ll even help you develop strategies to boost your chances of long-term success.
So if you’re ready to start making healthier food choices, why not give us a call to chat about ChiroThin? Our supplements are produced using the highest standards and only in FDA-certified manufacturing facilities. Rest assured, only top-notch ingredients are used and our “mojo drops” kick your appetite to the curb and give you a burst of energy.
So, there you have it—six killer tips to help you make healthier food choices. Start implementing these tips into your daily routine, and before you know it, you’ll be shedding those pounds like a pro. Reach out to Michelle at Michelle@savinglivesnow.com to learn more and begin your journey to a healthier you!