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Let’s be real, the word “diet” is not exactly something we want to hear. Diets are often associated with restrictive eating, less than desirable portion sizes, and are typically deemed temporary fixes to help people “reset” or “get back on track.”
But what if you could reach your goals without going to extremes? What if you could actually stay on track with a few simple lifestyle changes? Fun fact: YOU CAN.
Make eating healthy a lifestyle rather than an added source of stress in your life with these simple steps:
5 Lifestyle Changes So You Never Have to “Diet” Again
1. Remember that food is fuel
Rather than looking at food as the enemy, think of food as a necessary tool to help you reach your goals.
Properly fueling your body with the correct amount of carbs, fats, and proteins for YOUR physique will help keep your energy level up, keep cravings at bay, and aid in muscle repair and growth.
2. Over prepare, then go with the flow
Not sure where to begin? Write down a healthy grocery list and stick to it.
Prep the food that takes longer to cook such as lean protein so that is readily available, and plan what you’re going to eat the day before to avoid last minute scrambling.
3. Healthy food does not mean boring food
Eating the same meals over and over again is a sure-fire way to get bored and succumb to unhealthy cravings.
So, why not make healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods?
Swap out white flour for oats, fried favorites for baked dishes, and condiments like mayo and sour cream for lighter options such as avocado and greek yogurt.
4. Get enough sleep
There are MANY reasons you should be getting adequate rest, but in terms of diet- your sleep schedule can actually help or hinder your hunger levels.
Without enough sleep, Leptin levels (a hormone that helps you feel full) actually drop. The result? Tired people are hungrier! Aim to get at least 7 hours each night so that your body can properly reset.
5. Most importantly, treat yo’ self!
They say people always want what they can’t have- self-deprivation with food is no different. Rather than eliminating your favorite “treat foods” all together, try incorporating them into your weekly meal plan in moderation.
Whether that means a small sweet treat after dinner each night or a planned “free” meal each week, accounting for some leniency in your weekly routine will help satisfy your sweet tooth without knocking you off track.