Unfortunately, the century of speed has brought some bad habits with it, including fast food and the concept of fast eating. Just take a second to analyze your eating behavior, and you will easily realize that you’re not spending enough time properly eating and digesting your food. Instead, you are always pressured by time to take your breakfast on the go and your lunch at your office desk.
So, with over 60% of the American population already suffering from overweight or obesity problems, how can you make sure you avoid food traps? If you are dedicated to changing your lifestyle and investing more time in your well being, here are some useful tips to follow.
Start making your own food
Being busy is not an excuse for eating out at least once a day. It’s fun to share an occasional dinner out with your friends and family members, but not cooking your own meals is one of the reasons why you gain weight. We all know that organic ingredients and freshly prepared dishes cost a fortune in restaurants, so why not start working on your cooking skills instead?
A healthy breakfast won’t take you more than half an hour to cook and around 20 minutes to eat, which will also give you plenty of time to bond with the rest of your housemates.
Omelets, a few slices of organic cheese, and some fresh veggies seasoned with a pinch of salt and extra virgin olive oil will provide you the necessary carbs and proteins without the extra fats usually contained in restaurant dishes. Don’t forget to add your favorite spices using a special spice grater for an enhanced flavor and taste.
Cut off the salt and sugars
Another reason why you’re gaining weight is that you eat more sugars and salt than you should on a daily basis. Again, cooking some of your meals will help you pick natural and organic ingredients, which are ten times healthier and more nutritious.
If you lack the time or cooking skills to prepare your own recipes, you should at least eat less salt and refined sugars from processed products. Replace your regular chips and snacks with delicious organic meals made with fresh fruits or veggies. You can also opt for certified organic brands – their selection of products may be more expensive, but you will avoid the unnecessary fats and sugars.
Unfortunately, even bread is very rich in processed sugars so, if you don’t want the extra calories, forget all about it or start baking your own.
Fresh juice is a habit that might seem healthy at first but will prove out dangerous to your health in the long term. Sure, you may argue there are plenty of vitamins and minerals inside that OJ shot, but the sugars are what really count in the end.
By comparison, a regular 12-ounce can of Coke contains ten teaspoons of sugars, while the same amount of organic apple juice contains 9.8 teaspoons of sugar.
We’re sure you already heard the famous Latin saying “Mens Sana In Corpore Sano”, which roughly translates as “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” In other words, having a balanced diet is not enough to avoid weight gain in the long term, but you also need to start living healthier.
Half an hour of mild stretching, yoga, Pilates or cardio exercises will help you get rid of stress and anxiety while working on your muscles and sculpting your body. Exercising will release endorphins in your body, the chemicals that make you happy and fight anxiety, stress, and even depression.
There are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities you could enjoy on a regular basis that will improve your health and help you lose some calories.
Swimming or Pilates could prove beneficial in the long term. These activities will work all your muscles, shape your body, and help you relax and restore your inner balance. They also require minimum equipment.