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10 Simple Healthy Eating Habits to Lose Weight Fast

A New Year is here, and I think it is going to be one of those years where people around the world decide to get off the couch and finally start DOING what they have been TALKING about doing for a L-O-N-G time…

I’m talking about folks making some serious lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellness.

If you’re trying to

  • lose weight,

  • get in shape and

  • finally live a healthy lifestyle….then THIS is the year to do it!

Here are some super simple

Healthy Eating Habits to Lose Weight

 I’m all about making things simpler.

Life is tough enough, right? That is why I keep my routine very EASY and I recommend you keep it simple too!

 

The website was named www.EatBetterAndMove.com because that is my basic philosophy. It helped me lose over 70 pounds and keep it off easily.

 

  • I believe that eating whole natural foods is the best way to lose weight (that’s the EAT BETTER part)

  • I walk every day for exercise plus I do other FUN physical activities I enjoy (that is the MOVE part)

This simple framework for healthy living has worked wonders for me and it’s worked for thousands of others.

It’s also the only way I know of to keep the weight off once you’ve lost it and let’s be honest…..who wants to go through all the trouble to lose weight and then gain it right back?

Not ME and Not YOU! right?

So let’s get started on the right foot and dive right into the top ten healthy eating habits to lose weight in 2012.

1.         Eat Breakfast – Please!

Breakfast is essential.

It starts you off on the right foot every day and it practically ensures you won’t make any poor food choices (at least not before lunch).

Find a breakfast that is easy to prepare and that you enjoy. Keep it simple and eat that breakfast every day.

There’s nothing more challenging than standing in your kitchen, not fully awake, trying to figure out what you’re going to eat.

Eat the same thing every morning and there’s no decision to be made.

Try an egg with a piece of fruit and whole grain toast. Smoothies work well, too.

2.         Snack Smartly.

Pack healthy snacks and always have them with you.

Nuts, seeds, protein bars and even whole grain crackers and fruit are great snacks. Measure out your portions and keep them handy.

I like to keep these delicious nutrition bars in my purse.

3.         Learn About Portion Size.

Do you know what four ounces of meat looks like? It’s about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand.

Do you know what a tablespoon of dressing or an ounce of nuts looks like? What about an ounce of crackers or a serving of peanut butter?

Learn what a serving or portion size looks like so you know how much you are eating and can stay on track this year to lose weight.

 

4.         Eat More Often.

Sounds like bad advice, right?  Well here’s what happens when you don’t eat every couple of hours.

By the time your meal rolls around you’re so darned hungry that you eat too much and you eat food that’s bad for you – food that’s high in fat and calories.

Eat more often and you’ll eat smaller meals and you’ll make better choices.

 

5.         Pack On the Carbs.

Not the bagel and pasta kind of carbs, but the fruit and veggie type of carbs.

Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal; perhaps even eat two with every meal.

This is an easy one.

Buy lots of fruits and veggies and enjoy them before you eat your meat or main course. You might even be full by the time you get to the main dish.

You’ll eat less, consume fewer calories and lose weight.

 

 

6.         Switch to Whole Grains.

Stop buying refined grains and white flour.

Switch to whole grain breads, pastas, etc.

Every chance you get, give yourself the healthiest version of any grain that you eat.

You don’t have to give up your carbs, just choose better ones.

Yummy vegetarian dinner!

7.         Try One Vegetarian Meal a Week (or more)

Meat is not only the most expensive item on your shopping list it’s also the one that is often highest in fat and calories.

Once a week, eat like a vegetarian.

Have a meatless Monday, for example.

You may find that your health improves so much that you eat vegetarian more often.

I did this step and soon found that I enjoyed eating MANY more vegetarian meals each week. My hubby loves them too – which surprised me.

8.         Try One New Fruit, Vegetable or Whole Grain Each Month.

Embrace the wide variety of food that is available to try.

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and to eat the same foods all the time.

Stop doing that and enjoy new foods. Make a commitment to try something new each month.

 

9.         Switch to Low Fat Milk. Or change to a milk alternative.

Whole milk is a creamy and delicious treat. It is also packed with LOTS of saturated fat and calories.

Instead of pouring whole milk into your morning coffee or on your cereal, downgrade to low fat milk, like one or two percent.

It’s better for you and you’ll hardly notice the difference.

Or you can do what I do, I enjoy delicious Almond Milk. It is quite yummy and tastes great with cereal!

 

10.       Reduce Sugar.

Sugar is in darned near everything.

It’s in your salad dressing. It’s in your peanut butter, your yogurt, your cereal and in store-bought smoothies.

Start reading the label on the foods you buy.

Notice how much sugar you’re consuming and make a commitment to cut back.

Sugar doesn’t provide any nutritional value. They’re empty calories.

You can get more than enough natural healthy sugar calories in the fruits and veggies you eat to provide your body with adequate energy.

These ten habits are not that hard, right?

Just focus on one at a time.

Make each a part of your life and then move onto the next habit.

In a couple of months all ten will be part of your life and the weight will come off naturally.

Here’s to your amazing success! You’re going to rock this year!

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Ursula January 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

So, I am going to take your advice, though some (alittle) I had started approx. 2 months ago, but I am going to apply everything you say, today. I will update you on my progress. I am 48 yrs, 5’4″, 200 to 205 lbs. I gained 60 + lbs in the last 2 years and cannot lose no matter what I have tried. So, today 1/19/2012 I will try my hardest.

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Jana January 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Ursula,

Way to step up to the plate and hit a home run! :)

You are taking responsibility for your health and making changes. Yay!

I KNOW you can do it. I will cheer you on every step of the way!

BTW….We are the same age! I will be 48 next month.

Our metabolisms do change a bit as we age, don’t they? Bummer, huh?

But we can either hate that fact or do something about it…that’s why I make sure I walk every day to get that calorie burn I need!

Please keep me in the loop on your progress.

And never…never….never give up on yourself. No matter what kind of day you have today or next week or next month….ya hear me? ;)

Just keep making small changes and build on them and then…this summer….you can be wearing those summer clothes you really like. And you will feel great in them!

Hugs,
Jana

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