Losing just 5-10 pounds of body fat can have a huge effect on your health with benefits including: reduced stress on your joints, lower blood pressure, and increased energy. While exercise is helpful for losing weight, you won’t see real results without also making changes to your diet. Rather than following a strict meal plan to shed pounds, try out these easy to maintain habits for better eating every day:
Pack in protein at breakfast
You will hear time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is especially true if you want to lose weight. Skipping breakfast can make you more likely to overeat throughout the rest of the day, so nourish your body with a breakfast that is packed with protein and fiber. These nutrients will keep you fuller longer and give you the willpower you need to stay away from unhealthy snacks.
Think about what you can eat, not what you can’t
Focusing too much on the foods that you need to cut out of your diet can drive you crazy with cravings for those exact foods. Your mind will respond much better to the positive reinforcement of thinking about how you can eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as you want. Other foods that you can eat plentifully include nuts, yogurt, and whole grains. Even if you end up eating more calories with these foods than you might with a diet rich in processed foods, you will see results on the scale because the energy required to digest these nutrient-dense foods more than makes up for the boost in calorie intake.
Plan out your splurge meals
It is okay to splurge on a decadent meal or dessert every now and then, but these should be well-planned occasions. When you decide to cheat on your diet in the heat of the moment, you are more likely to keep allowing yourself these indulgences. Planning ahead to limit cheat days to once every month or so will be much more effective.