Eat Your Way To a More Confident You

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Losing weight is all about becoming healthy and changing your lifestyle. Your generation keeps themselves so busy; they have no time to take care what matters – their health. Because of this lifestyle, manufacturers and big corporations filled shelves and corners with junk and fast food galore. They may have though they were helping you by making food easy to access, but instead, they have created an epidemic which as lead to health problems, excess weight, and even obesity. You need to stop eating for convenience and start eating for your health.

The most difficult part of changing the way you live – eat – is breaking habits. Humans, by nature, are routine oriented. Once you have gotten into a routine – say eating McDonald’s everyday for lunch – it is as hard to break, as it is to quit smoking. Therefore, the first thing you are going to need to do is realize you might have a problem and truly WANT to quit or change! (Yes, I know, it sounds like a 12-step program, and in a way, it is.) Once you know what you want, you have the motivation to do exactly that – lose weight and become healthier.

The next step is to replace existing foods and snacks with healthier ones. Start with snacks first, sometimes this is easier since they are smaller. Rather than eating potato chips, eat pretzels. Rather than a bowl of ice cream, have an apple. There are many snack alternatives out there, that are much healthier for you, and that are just as easy to prepare. Look for snacks with no sugar (except natural sugars that foods like fruit carry) and low in fat.

You will need to do the same thing with your meals, look for foods that are low in fat, and have no processed sugars in them. For example, instead of a bowl of cereal in the morning, have a bowl of rolled oats. Rather than a sandwich for lunch, have some veggies on top a small portion of wheat pasta. Pay attention to nutritional labels and make a conscious effort to eat foods that are more natural for your body to process.

While you are working on replacing your bad foods with good ones, you also need to cut down on portion size. Say you are eating pretzels for a snack, do NOT sit down with the whole bag, instead put a handful in a bowl or on a napkin, and eat only those.

By cutting your portions, for every meal and snack, you may find that you get hungrier more often. This is fine, it is actually better for you to eat smaller meals more often throughout the day rather than fewer larger meals. This is actually the last step in the changing the way you eat plan; eat 5-6 meals a day rather than 2 or 3.

You know what you need to do to change your lifestyle, lose weight, and become healthier – eat smaller portions, full of natural foods, more often. This alone will boost your health along with your self-confidence!

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